Adults of reddit who were depressed kids or teens, what is it like to be here when you didn't expect to make it this far? What would you tell your younger self if you could?

I still have bad days. My past sometimes comes back to haunt me, especially if I'm overworked or stressed out. I experienced quite a lot of relation related trauma, and I haven't been able to work through it, so I have no idea how I feel about it now. I have chronic stomach pains and nausea, it's probably a very stress dependent IBS. It makes things very difficult some times. I'm tired most of the time.

But! I finish my nursing degree next summer, and I have a job that I love, where I can build on my experiences to help others. I have a fiancé who supports me in everything I do, and when I'm down, he takes a lot of the burden off my shoulders. I came from a home with constant emotional stress and tension, where yelling and manipulation were the main solutions to everything. I am now in a relationship with absolutely no loud voices or passive aggressiveness. We have a dog, a corgi named Mozart! And this year I will celebrate my first Christmas alone with my fiancé!

I feel like whatever I want or need, I can get it, if I keep working, and take my time. There's no rush. I'll be fine.

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