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Depression,Healing,Life Experience

Date : August 1, 2017Comments : 0

AV talks : When you start to feel a bit better from depression

31 – “The clouds are gone, it’s clear” – Brighter Days – Ronan Keating

It’s difficult to explain how it feels when the cloud shifts and I start to feel a little better. For me it’s not a gradual thing, it really is as quick as a switch – there’s no slow build up to noticing that things are less difficult, no gentle improvement, I literally wake up one morning and am aware that the darkness has gone.

That’s not to say that I feel ‘normal’ again, far from it, but yep folks I am currently back in control of my life and no longer fighting daily battles against my own brain.

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Life Experience

Date : May 17, 2017Comments : 0

Knowing someone with a mental illness

29 – “Tell me what I’m supposed to do” – Worry About You – Tyler James

8 – 14 May 2017 is Mental Health Awareness Week – 7 days – 7 blogs -7 Mental Health topics

Today – Knowing someone with a Mental Illness

I imagine that living with me can be pretty awful at times for my whole family, but my Husband especially. Whilst I try to keep the smile and cheerful Mum face on for my girls, it can be so exhausting that I can’t always manage it for him too. There are days when he has to care for both our children because I don’t have the energy, days when we have to cancel any plans to go out because the thought of stepping outside the front door sends me into a blind panic, days when he has to put up with me barely speaking a word because the fog is so thick I can’t think straight. He will always tell me that he loves me, that he doesn’t mind doing all the extra stuff when I can’t, but I am aware of the strain my illness puts on our relationship, and the effect it has on our family as a whole. Continue reading “Knowing someone with a mental illness”

Depression,Womens Mental Health

Date : May 11, 2017Comments : 0

Real experience of Post Natal Depression

25 – “Don’t ever feel like you could have done more” – Mum – Nathan Grisdale

8 – 14 May 2017 is Mental Health Awareness Week – 7 days – 7 blogs -7 Mental Health topics

Today – Post Natal Depression

As a Mum of two, and with a strong history of depression I was very aware that the odds of developing PND were not in my favour – especially when my second child was born prematurely and by emergency C-section, throwing my hormones and emotions all over the place. Although I struggled following the birth of both my babies, I don’t think I could honestly say I had PND. After my eldest was born I found it hard to adjust to life as a new Mum, then second time round, well there is nothing that can prepare you for a premature, seriously ill baby. My depression was pretty awful, but just in its normal darkness like way.

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overcome fear of change by learning to relax more

Psychology

Date : May 10, 2017Comments : 0

A Real Experience of Borderline Personality Disorder

8 – 14 May 2017 is Mental Health Awareness Week – 7 days – 7 blogs -7 Mental Health topics

Today – Borderline Personality Disorder

The only knowledge I have about Personality Disorders is from the current assignment I am working on for my long distance learning course. It would be pointless to quote facts and figures, whilst they may be interesting to the medical professionals, what really makes an impact is hearing from someone who lives every second of the day with this illness.

There are many different types of Personality Disorders and it would be impossible to give them all the words they deserve in just one blog, so here is just one experience, one very honest and brave story. Continue reading “A Real Experience of Borderline Personality Disorder”

mens mental health

Mens Mental Health

Date : May 8, 2017Comments : 0

Men share their mental health stories

8 – 14 May 2017 is Mental Health Awareness Week – 7 days – 7 blogs -7 Mental Health topics

Today – Men’s Mental Health

There has been a fair bit about Men’s Mental Health in the media recently, thanks in part to the likes of the young Royals speaking out and musicians such as Professor Green and Stormzy sharing their experiences. Recently footballer Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act resulting in a number of famous males talking about their own battles with the demons.

I cannot speak with personal experience for obvious reasons, so this blog belongs to three amazing guys I know who are doing their very best to raise awareness of the fact that mental illness is NOT a female only problem. Continue reading “Men share their mental health stories”

overcome change by being kind to others , image shows people holding hands

Depression,Life Experience

Date : April 3, 2017Comments : 0

22 – “With a friend at hand you will see the light” – Friends – Elton John

I have a small but perfectly formed circle of good friends who I can trust with anything, and who, no matter how hard I push away, will not budge. They have seen me at my lowest and stuck around waiting for me to stick my head out of the hole again. Our friendships have been changed because of my illness though, and it makes me really sad to acknowledge that. Continue reading “22 – “With a friend at hand you will see the light” – Friends – Elton John”

I just want to live, a leaf representing hope

Depression,Life Experience

Date : March 5, 2017Comments : 0

Is depression a battle?

21 – “I just want to live while I’m alive” – My Life – Bon Jovi

I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of February already. It doesn’t seem very long ago at all that we were all caught up in the chaos of Christmas and I was wondering how I was going to keep the smile believable throughout it all.

New year was difficult

New Year was a difficult time personally, I found it very hard to be around all the positives of people making New Year’s Resolutions to improve their lives or achieve more in 2017. All I wanted was to wake up and have the darkness gone, to be free from the cloud that hung over my head like the rain clouds in cartoons which pour down on one character, while the rest of the world is in glorious sunshine. It goes without saying that 1st January 2017 started just the same as 31st December 2016 ended, the depression didn’t magically disappear just because the date changed. Continue reading “Is depression a battle?”