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 →

Applying for PIP… Again!

Last week I attended an assessment for Personal Independence Payment or as it's more commonly known as PIP. This wasn't the first time that I've had to go to one of these appointments. I previously applied to receive the additional payment earlier in the year after the DWP told me that I was entitled to... 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 progress, slowly.

Apologies for the lack of blog posts over the past week. I've kind of gone from posting 5 days a week to posting absolutely nothing. It has been a particularly trying week though this week. My partner had to be admitted to hospital for yet another operation on Tuesday so my focus has really been... Continue Reading →

Don’t let Twitter rule your life

I've been off of work for almost 9 months now and I'm bored. I'm bored of lie-ins, bored of what little mind-numbing daytime TV I watch and bored of the most exciting part of my week being when I get to go to Tesco and do the big shop. When I first approached my then... Continue Reading →

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