Break the Stigma

January 28, 2022

Dear Amudim Family, 

The human mind is a complex and dynamic place filled with varied emotions and thoughts at any given time. Regardless of how functional someone’s life might seem, depression and anxiety can arise in an acute crisis or be a chronic part of each day. When left untreated, these issues can hinder a person’s ability to establish relationships or feel any sort of serenity; but with the awareness that these feelings are normal, quite common and completely treatable, an individual’s life can be completely transformed.  

On the surface, Rena’s* story is that of a typical girl having grown up in a normal family dynamic. She was a happy, easygoing child; after graduating from high school with honors, she began college and entered the dating world. But Rena felt overwhelmed with anxiety on a constant basis, and she did not want to continue dating with the emotions swirling around her head. She knew of Amudim but was hesitant to reach out as she was embarrassed about what her family might think and worried about a potential husband’s response.

But eventually, Rena reached her breaking point; she had been reading our weekly newsletter and worked up the courage to call Amudim. Our case manager prioritized helping Rena understand that there was no shame in what she was feeling, and that seeking therapy would only ensure greater success in any future relationships. She referred Rena to a therapist trained in helping patients with anxiety, and Rena began regular weekly sessions. She was doing well, but her therapist felt that medication might be a necessary addition to her treatment; and she referred Rena to a psychiatrist who did a full evaluation. Together with regular follow ups with our case manager, this team of clinical support has aided Rena in her path to finding a healthy mental equilibrium. 

While Rena continues in therapy, she feels ready to begin dating again, and doesn’t feel the pressure of worrying about “anyone finding out” what she’s going through. She is happy with her progress and feels peace of mind as she looks forward to the future. 

If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is just a phone call away and ready to help.

*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.

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162 New Amudim Cases Opened This Week
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