18-Year-Old Was Suicidal But Then She Hit The Gym
It was a dark time for 18-year-old Courtney Lorking of Central Coast, Australia, when she was battling severe anxiety and depression, causing her to slit her wrist a total of three times. Fortunately, through exercise, she survived her suicide attempts and found a new sense of purpose after enduring three days in the psychiatric ward.
“I tried to kill myself by slitting my wrist, it was horrific and I never want to feel that way again,” Courtney told Caters News. “I was then admitted to a psychiatric ward for three days, it was the worst three days of my life. But after returning home, I knew I had to get myself physically and mentally healthy. I slept all day, there was nothing to do there – you just feel like a prisoner,” she added.
After her horrific hospital experience, Courtney made a promise that she will not go back to the psychiatric hospital ever again, which was why she made sure she would overcome her psychological disorder by seeking professional help and spending her time and energy on exercise and fitness.
“Once I got out of hospital I told myself that I didn’t want to feel that way ever again, I don’t want anyone else to feel like that,” shared the teenager. “I saw a psychologist and realized that I needed to listen to my body and put my health first. I just want to show people what fitness and fueling your body correctly can do.”
Courtney revealed that going to the gym and exercising truly helped her to overcome her suicidal tendencies.
“Going to the gym is like therapy for me, it really, helps,” she said.
The 18-year-old is working hard to become a personal trainer so that she can help other people who are also struggling with anxiety and depression.
“You should never be afraid to speak out about depression and anxiety, it’s a real thing and affects so many people. Health and fitness absolutely saved my life, it gave me something to fight for,” Courtney said.
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