Photographer Vicki Litster Shares Inspiring Journey of Overcoming Anxiety and Depression

Vicki Litster, a photographer from Kirkcaldy, struggled with anxiety and depression from age 8, hitting a breaking point at 21. With therapy, self-care, and family support, she overcame her fears and built a successful wedding photography business.

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Photographer Vicki Litster Shares Inspiring Journey of Overcoming Anxiety and Depression

Photographer Vicki Litster Shares Inspiring Journey of Overcoming Anxiety and Depression

Vicki Litster, a 36-year-old photographer from Kirkcaldy, has opened up about her personal battle with anxiety and depression, which began at the tender age of 8. Despite a happy childhood, Litster's mental health struggles intensified when she turned 16, eventually leading to a breaking point at the age of 21. For six months, she found herself unable to leave her house, feeling numb and devoid of joy. "I just felt numb, like all the color had just drained out of life," Litster recalls. "I remember saying to my mum, 'Will I ever laugh again?' because I just felt so depressed."

It was Litster's mother, Elizabeth, who intervened and took her to see a doctor, marking the beginning of a long and challenging path towards recovery. Litster sought help from various therapists, including an NHS psychologist and a private therapist, before finding Marie, who introduced her to cognitive behavior therapy and encouraged her to take walks with her dog, Jasmine. These walks proved to be a turning point, helping Litster gradually overcome her fear of leaving the house and take steps towards healing.

Initially, Elizabeth struggled to comprehend her daughter's depression, which Litster attributes to a chemical imbalance. "My mum never really understood my depression, which is caused by a chemical imbalance. She would just say, 'Hang in there' or 'Be happy,' and she just didn't get it," Litster explains. However, after speaking with someone who provided a clearer understanding of the condition, Elizabeth became a vital source of support for her daughter throughout her recovery process.

As Litster's mental health improved, she discovered a passion forwedding photographyand decided to start her own business. In 2010, she secured her first booking at the Old Manor Hotel in Lundin Links, and over the years, she worked tirelessly to build her business, eventually setting up a photography studio in her back garden. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020, Litster faced the daunting task of rescheduling 90 weddings, but she found comfort in exercise and taking walks with her partner, Jordan Howells, and their dogs, Izzy and Archie.

Today, Litster's mental health has significantly improved, although she acknowledges that she still experiences difficult days. She continues to take anti-depressants and attends private therapy sessions to maintain her well-being. Litster's story serves as an inspiration to others who may be struggling with anxiety and depression, highlighting the importance of seeking help, building a strong support system, and engaging in self-care practices.

Litster's path is a demonstration of the power of perseverance, the love and support of family, and the effectiveness of therapy and self-care in managing mental health. "Exercise is one thing that definitely helps. Just going out on short walks with the dogs and getting some fresh air makes me feel...,"Litster shares, emphasizing the role thatphysical activityand spending time outdoors have played in her ongoing recovery.

Key Takeaways

  • Vicki Litster, 36, battled anxiety and depression since age 8.
  • She hit rock bottom at 21, unable to leave her house for 6 months.
  • Therapy, walks with her dog, and family support helped her recover.
  • Exercise and self-care practices continue to aid her mental health.
  • Litster's story highlights the importance of seeking help and support.