Hi, I’m Simone. I’m 31 years old and I have been living with depression and anxiety since I was a young teen. Over the last 15 years I’ve sought counseling for depression, mood swings, panic attacks, and generalized anxiety. Behavior and cognitive therapy helped me to recognize thought patterns that would trigger my panic attacks, and helped me to retrain my mind. I have also been studying Buddhism and practicing meditation for several years, and I depend on a spiritual perspective of life to get me through the ups and downs. A couple years ago I also started exercising regularly to manage a hormonal condition that I suffer from, which I describe on My Journey Through Depression and Anxiety page.
I currently live in Florida with my husband, three dogs, and cat. I currently work as a nursing assistant for a home healthcare agency, as well as a receptionist for a fitness club, and I recently finished my bachelor’s degree in organizational management. In my spare time I meditate, practice playing my guitar, exercise, read poetry and write.