My husband’s a massive tennis fan. The other night we watched “Untold: Breaking Point” – a documentary describing Mardy Fish’s career and struggle with mental health. And it broke my heart. Why? Not because he actually had a break down, not because it cut short his career which was just beginning to really take off in his late 20’s, not because of the pain he went through, but because he has been told by his doctors that he will struggle with it for the rest of his life. When Mardy said at the end of the programme that that’s what his doctor had told him, this man of extraordinary strength, resilience, determination and intelligence teared up, saying that every day is a battle.
Just getting through the day, a battle.
The pain. The burden. The exhaustion. The sense of hopelessness…
That broke my heart. Because the truth is, my TRTP™ colleagues and I are seeing people resolve anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression and panic attacks every day! We see clients go from DASS scores (Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale) in the extremely severe range to ‘normal’ in three sessions, and they stay there. It can be done and is being done every day!
Can you sense my passion here?! Mardy’s pain reached me and I feel a desperate plea on behalf of him and others suffering with that pain. People are not stuck with a daily battle for the rest of their lives. No! They are not irrevocably broken. No! Please, medical and health professionals out there, stop telling people they’re broken and they can’t be well again! Just because we as individuals or professions don’t have solutions, doesn’t mean that a solution doesn’t exist.
Please – let’s stop telling people they have to live with a dreadful burden of mental/emotional pain for the rest of their lives when they don’t. It’s a lie.
Strong words? Right here, right now, they’re called for.
Would you be able to live with that sort of pain for the rest of your life?
Would you be able to?
People are dying, and lives matter.