Robert felt hopeless in the face of these daunting challenges. “It was a big blow to who I am,” he said. “I became more and more depressed and my health got worse.”
In the midst of his depression, Robert struggled to be even a shadow of the husband and father he had been before. Although trying to be supportive, his wife Susan was struggling too. Robert’s angry outbursts were taking a toll on the entire family. Their teenage son and daughter found any excuse to be away from home, and Susan worried about what they might be doing to cope with their own emotional pain. Everyone felt the fear and stress of the loss of Robert’s income.
Robert had never been to counseling, believing that he should be able to handle his own problems without help. At the urging of a friend, however, Robert realized he needed some help – for his own sake and for his family.
When he finally reached out to YFC, Robert was connected with a caring therapist. Over the course of 5 months and 22 sessions, Robert made great progress. Susan and their kids joined him for a few of his sessions, and the experience brought the family closer together.
“YFC has been nothing but good for me,” Robert says. “I have one of the best counselors.” He adds that YFC gave him the tools to deal with depression, to “sit down and think about it, instead of yelling at my family or going to the bars to drink.” Robert has a new job now, and although his health issues haven’t gone away, he is taking better care of himself to manage his symptoms. Robert and his family are back on track!
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