Meet Tony

Chronic Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Full of life and laughter, Tony lights up a room with his sheer exuberance. But this wasn’t always the case…

Due to a concoction of chronic depression, anxiety and severe panic attacks, Tony lost his grip on life and slipped into a dark, lonely hole. He was prescribed Benzodiazepines to help combat his conditions, but they actually did the opposite, leaving Tony feeling groggy and suicidal. Trapped in the dark place his mind had become, he opted for an out by any means necessary. Multiple suicide attempts landed him in North Shore’s Mental Health unit where he was a mainstay whilst recovering.

Four months ago, Tony sought out a natural treatment and his life has taken complete Uturn! Benzo’s have been replaced by CBD oil, and suicidal thoughts with clarity and calm. Supportive friends who Tony shoved away are being welcomed back with open arms.

With new horizons in mind, 25 years working in high stress operating theatres was enough and Tony, wanting to pursue his lifelong interests, has begun a health and fitness course and also enrolled at Unitec to study mental health and addiction support.

Tony made a choice, not wanting to be on benzodiazepines any longer he turned over a new leaf and tried CBD. He hasn’t regretted it for a second.