Recovery Discovered Inside Out!


I like to say my recovery started “inside out”!

Instead of being hospitalized due to the depression, I started working in a psychiatric hospital as a Recreation Therapist in 1991.

Like so many others, I had been dealing with the symptoms of depression for quite some time, but didn’t know WHAT it was. I’d been taking frequent trips to the doctor, the thinking was I had mono. But each time the tests were negative. Then they thought it was my thyroid & there were all the tests that went along with that. Those ended up negative too. On one hand I was relieved but I still felt miserable…..

Finally, one day sitting in the hospital’s morning rounds a light bulb went off…. What if it could be DEPRESSION? I talked with my doctor, who referred me to a psychiatrist, who then got me started on medications and started my recovery.

It came in the nick of time, as I had really started to go downhill fast… days I couldn’t work, I’d stopped going to the gym (which my friends were shocked to see), & all I wanted to do was stay in bed.

My blessing was to have my Higher Power put me working in that hospital!

Not only did I get the depression diagnosed, I got to learn what it took to get well start the journey to recovery!  I witnessed people getting well everyday. And then, I saw them get sick again & need to return to the hospital.

I realized there was work that was going to be required of me in order to get back to the life I had previously been living. So instead of feeling mad or angry at being sick, I found myself, then & now, grateful for having learned what it takes to GET WELL! 

Here is my acronym for recovery: Regain, Every, Characteristic, Of, Value, Empowering, Real, You!

Recovery Discovered Inside Out!

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About Carol Rickard, LCSW

Carol Rickard is stress & wellness expert who teaches people how to take control of anxiety and stress in as little as 60 seconds using a groundbreaking system she developed during her 30 years of clinical practice. She's been a featured expert in media including Readers Digest, Woman's World Magazine, and Dr. Oz's The Good Life. Carol has trained organizations such as NJ State Police, Philadelphia International Airport, Princeton University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and US Department of Energy. Want To Cut Anxiety & Stress In 1/2? Go to -

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