One simple trick to overcome your biggest fear | Ruth Soukup | TEDxMileHigh

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Transcriber: María Inés Juri Reviewer: David DeRuwe

So at 23 years old,

I was pretty sure I had ruined my life forever.

I remember at rock bottom,

I opened the phone book to the P-section

for psychologists,

and I stared at that phone for what felt like hours

just trying to work up the courage to make that call.

Because, in that moment,

I was a divorced, unemployed, bankrupt, college drop-out

who had just moved back in with my dad

after my last hospital stay

because I literally had no other place to go.

My arms and legs were covered in ugly scars

from all the suicide attempts and self-harm.

And most days, I was still so depressed, I couldn't even get out of bed.

I was a mess,

and I was completely terrified.

I finally did make that call and I said,

"I've just spent the last two-and-a-half years

talking about every bad thing that's ever happened to me,