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So, I didn’t exercise until I was about 23, when my dodgy mental health well and truly had a grip on me.

After finally going to the doctor and getting diagnosed with depression, I came away witha prescription for Citalopram, a referral to a therapist and that trusty old leaflet on depression and low mood, which I read http://www.mycanadagoosejacket.org from cover to cover.

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