Meet Adelaide Starkings, one of our fantastic community moderators at MediBee – Depression, Anxiety & Pain Support Group

Here is Adelaide’s story…

Let’s see how this goes, asking someone who is bad at talking about themselves to share their personal story, what could possibly go wrong!

Today, I work as a carer, while also studying a degree in Psychology through Open University, and I started a Level 3 NVQ in Counselling Skills; I like to keep busy. On the surface, it looks like I have my life together, whereas in reality, I don’t think I ever have. This time last year I was in a very different place. Ill try to hold back from all the gruesome details, but this may be triggering for some.

I never got the best of starts in life, growing up in a strict household with a bipolar dad and a complicated mum with her own issues. I also am the middle child, which explains a lot. At a young age, I was exposed to different forms of abuse, ranging from sexual, to emotional and psychological. Que teenage depression and doctors labelling it as puberty. I entered counselling when I was 13, and never really left. Eating disorders, self-harm, and dreams of suicide became my normal. I was 19 when it felt like I was drowning. Drowning in my own thoughts, the voices, failing to reach the expectations of my family, and I started to get low. When I turned 20, that’s when things got really bad. Every day was not complete without a new cut. I got my official depression diagnosis, but it was too late. I abused antidepressants and recreational drugs, and 5 months later attempted suicide via severe overdose, and enjoyed time in a high intensity ward having my kidneys and liver flushed out.

I was referred to the Mental Health Team, and I haven’t looked back since. They helped me get to where I am now. I’m still on some strong antidepressants and antipsychotics, but I don’t see that as a bad thing. They enabled me to recover, and now keep me stable enough to hold down a job that I love, and keep me focused on my studies. They even supported me when I was leaving my family home and moving into supportive housing. During those dark days I learnt so much about myself, and my mental health, and received so much help. I wouldn’t be here without it. During therapy I threw myself back into my art, I’ve always been creative. What happens when you mix counselling and art together? Art Therapy! Which takes me back to today. I’m working hard to get into a University in London that specialises in art therapy, and gain my Masters in Art Therapy.

And that is pretty much my life story.

Our Vision at MediBee – Depression, Anxiety & Pain

“… to strengthen the lives of people who are affected by dependency and addiction to high-risk medication.”