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I suffered three psycothic episodes and consequent major depressions in 2003, 2004, 2010. The three episodes + depressions took me about 9 months each time to get better. In 2010 I suffered the worst episode and have been one month in a psichiatric hospital,
Last year I quit smoking after 17 years and started running: this decision has totally changed my life for the better and I am now happier and healthier than I have ever been. The benefit of sport and exercise in these kind of problems is massive.
My aim is to share my experience and help people suffering from mental health problems (and their friends/relatives). I could only get better thanks to: doctor's aid; family and friends support; lifestyle change; self determination to change.
I am not at all a doctor (you always need doctor's help if you suffer from depression or any kind of mental illness) but if you need any advice, feel free to write me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or to join the Facebook page I have just created, and I will be happy to answer and help if I can. If you have nothing to do with these issues but you like running or you still want to support the cause, you can of course join my facebook page
I enjoy every minute of my running and I would not be able to appreciate life as much as I do now without going through certain experiences.
Take care and enjoy your running!