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When being held back by depression becomes finding the courage to build her future.



Depression left Iranna feeling isolated and suicidal, but after finding the right doctor at Sunnybrook she is planning for the future.

Iranna’s battle with depression began in childhood, but it wasn’t until two years ago that it hit her full force. “It was almost like an epiphany – that this feeling I was trying to push away or pretend didn’t exist was in fact how I felt from head to toe. From then on, it was mood disorders, anxiety, and depression.”

Iranna spent all day in bed, barely ate, wasn’t social, and was unhappy all the time. “During that time, I felt the worst I ever have: lonely, confused, irritated, and suicidal.

I’m in my 20s and I don’t want my mental health to stand in my way anymore.

A brighter future

And then Sunnybrook came into her life. “I could tell right from the moment I met her, that my doctor genuinely cared and wanted to help.”

Iranna began new medications and saw her doctor regularly. Things began to get better. Iranna began looking forward to the future.

Right now, she is working hard to persevere and take back her life. “I’m in my 20s and I don’t want my mental health to stand in my way anymore. I have a steady job, am getting back into modeling, and am going back to school to pursue journalism. Sunnybrook has changed my life in a lot of ways. I don’t know how I got this lucky. To express my gratitude to them, I’m taking everything they’ve given me and building the future I’ve always wanted for myself.”


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