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I think I suffered with depression throughout my entire 5 years at high school. Some people love school (I know because my wife was one of them) and some people HATE school. I hated school. It was a terrible experience for me. I was bullied every day of my high school life, my parents divorced in year 8 and things only got worse from there. I had a plan in place to take my own life in year 10 because I couldn’t handle the pain I was experiencing anymore. I had no ability to deal with problems, I would fall apart as soon as a problem would hit me, and I had about as low a self-esteem as you can have.

All of this explains why I am so passionate about helping teenagers as they go through school, to change their behavior in order to change how they feel about themselves, and change how they deal with their problems. My focus with my organization has always been to help deal with mental health problems, but what I didn’t understand is that a person’s mental health state is only part of the problem. That’s why I talk about Health and wellbeing as a whole now. The best way to change how you feel is to change the lifestyle you lead – most importantly the food that you eat. I have sat with people one on one in a coaching session and even though they had about as traumatic experience growing up as you can have and were depressed, within 4 days of eating differently they text me so excited that they don’t feel down anymore.

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So often in life we find ourselves facing problems of many different kinds. What we need to do is choose to deal with those problems, whatever that requires, rather than sweep them under the rug and pretend like they are not there. I encourage everyone that I speak to in a group session to talk to someone one on one about the problems that they are facing. Not only can you sometimes get the help that you desperately need at that time, but it also just lifts a weight off our shoulders. Give it a try some time, you will be surprised how good it feels if you can trust the person you talk to!!

Adam Przytula 

Armed for Life

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