"My depression and anxiety started some time before I was married. The root was not having the skills or tools to deal with life. I think this originated from being raised with strong cultural beliefs and programming. Not having the life skills to deal with situations on an emotional level, I manifested symptoms, which lead to my root cause of depression. I believed I was worthy of having a voice and being fearful of rejection. For me working internally has uncovered my pattern of stuffing my feelings. I never knew how to feel my emotions and once I learned this I was able to make more empowering choices that were more in alignment with what I wanted in life. The interesting thing about depression and anxiety is that no one knows what turmoil you are enduing because physical symptoms are not so obvious. So the inclination is to assume that you are fine, but really you are not. My relationships were in turmoil and I had no boundaries when dealing with people. It wasn't until about eight years ago with counselling and other tools that I discovered my voice, created boundaries and started the journey of loving myself. I realized that healing is possible. I needed to be awakened to it and access spiritual and emotional tools to help me cope. When you know better, you do better. In my opinion, everyone is spiritual on some capacity. We are all connected to one another via a higher power. What inhibits us is being lost in our ego and the external world. Life is a journey. Having goals are important, but being present and enjoying life in the moment is more important. Its important to connect to oneself, daily. Meaning connecting to universal laws of abundance and love. Through my journey, I was able to connect the dots and understand why things were happening. I finally know and understand the concept that everything is within ourselves."