As a mental health therapist, I use to believe I was immune to anxiety and depression. When my anxiety became heightened, I knew no immunity existed. Over time I came to the realization that there was nothing to be ashamed of; in fact, I could use my voice to advocate for mental health. Seems like a no brainer in my profession; but being able to advocate from personal experience brought a whole new depth. I hope that the words I share with you today encourage you to not be ashamed, but advocate for mental health and a more natural solution.
I have struggled with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager. I used to cope with drugs and alcohol and when my lifestyle changed, I was prescribed pharmaceutical medication. I had just had my son and I felt numb. My anxiety was gone, but I was no longer happy about happy thing about and my sadness seemed exasperated. I weened myself off of Lexapro (bad idea) and within 4-5 months my anxiety was back and had intensified. The doom, dread, elephant on my chest, racing thoughts, restless nights, lack of energy, exhaustion, irritability… my world was dark again.
It all culminated in October of 2018 when I had the worst panic attack I had ever experienced. I was meeting a friend at the gym and was feeling shortness of breath. I couldn’t get out of the car and I text her saying, “I’m not going to make it.” I proceeded to drive home; but had to pull over in a Sam’s parking lot. There, for what seemed like forever, I went into a full panic. The crying, the hyperventilating, the uncontrollable shakes; in that moment, I knew I had to do something different. My family deserved a better me… I deserved a better me.
I began researching CBD oil (before you get any crazy ideas- no, not marijuana). CBD oil comes from the Hemp plant which is a different Cannabis plant than the Marijuana plant. I began researching all of its benefits and decided to give it a try in December 2018. A week later, I was so relieved that I joined the company that distributes the pure CBD I had been taking. I have had zero panic attacks in over a month and I can truly say that CBD has changed my life.
What does my life look like now? I am back working full time (because that panic attack led to a full mental breakdown in which I quit my job), have plenty of energy to hang out with my son and husband after work, I sleep restfully and am overall, much happier. I would love to talk with you more about the benefits of CBD, physical and emotional. I pray that you will invest in yourself in this way. You deserve that. Consider yourself informed now. You have an alternative to your anxiety ridden life- what are you going to do with it?
A Little Bit About Christine
Christine Eddinger is a 29 year old Arkansas Native. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Psychology and went onto graduate school and received a degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has been practicing counseling for the last 5 years. Christine’s favorite roles are being a wife to Eathan of 7 years and mother to Cole who is 2 years old. Christine’s passions are writing, motivating others, and educating people about the positive effects of CBD.