Abby is sharing her story of overcoming her anxiety and depressive episodes that began five years ago when she was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, which is when certain triggers can cause your heart rate and blood pressure to drop suddenly. That leads to reduced blood flow to the brain, causing you to briefly lose consciousness. This condition required Abby to take a break from sports and activities that she loved, which led to a downward depressive spiral.
Fortunately, Abby shared her feelings with her mom and was able to receive the help she needed through psychotherapy to learn coping tools to help her manager her anxiety and depression. She wants everyone to know that “It does get better!”.