Thank you for sharing this, it hit home with me. One question I have: how did you initiate treatment? Was it something you spoke to a therapist about? Your primary care physician?
Great poem — I stayed in Middlesbrough a few nights a couple of years ago when doing some hiking in North York Moors Park in the direction of Whitby. I didn’t find the place that bad, but everyone from my friends in London to the hotel clerk in Middlesbrough itself expressed disbelief that I would go there.