My Experience Of Mental Illness And The Mental Health System

Note: I originally wrote this blog earlier this year for The Huffington Post. Unfortunately it wasn't approved and published, perhaps because of the somewhat sensitive content contained within. Trigger warning: This article contains descriptions of self-harm and suicide. The term “mental health” is bandied about a lot these days. It’s almost as if it’s become... Continue Reading →

One step forward.. Five steps back

It's funny how life can be leading you in one particular way one moment, and then all of a sudden with no warning it pulls you in another. That's kind of how things have been for me over the past few weeks, and subsequently why my blogs have been a little thin on the ground.... Continue Reading →

Exhaustion

As weeks go this was supposed to be a pretty important one. It's almost as if this was the week in my life that was going to define how things were going to be moving forward. Firstly, as I mentioned in my previous blog, I was going to be travelling up to London on my... Continue Reading →

Crashing

I've hit a bit of a low today, after a few weeks of feeling pretty much level. I think I understand why it is that my mood has dropped suddenly this time but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with. I've got a particularly busy week this week. This morning I spent seeking... Continue Reading →

Getting better

So things have been pretty good over the past couple of weeks in terms of my mental health. I feel like my current combination of meds are doing the job that they're supposed to do and that my overall mood has been greatly improved. It's like the big, thick cloud of black fog that has... Continue Reading →

Too hot to think

My mind isn't really all there at the moment. I think perhaps it's a combination of the sheer amount of time that I've been away from work, and the frankly astonishing heatwave that has recently descended upon the UK. I mean, it's hot. Ridiculously hot. So hot in fact that in a similar fashion to... Continue Reading →

Making a decision

Last Friday I made a decision. Well, if truth be told I made quite a few decisions last Friday but this one decision in particular was one that I had been mulling over for rather a long time. So much so that I had already made this decision multiple times prior to Friday, each time... Continue Reading →

Debunking the misconceptions

With Mental Health Awareness Week drawing to a close in the UK I thought I would round off this week of blogging by putting to rights some of the most common misconceptions that surround those who suffer with depression and other mental illnesses. 1. We are just feeling sad or sorry for ourselves So this... Continue Reading →

Thinking about the future

I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to blog about today. It's strange because usually a few ideas for material spark in my mind while I'm doing the most ordinary and mundane of things. But today, nothing. You could say I've got a bit of writers block I suppose. My mind doesn't... Continue Reading →

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