I now take time, when sliding or emerging from that chasm in my mind, to research depression as a social and psychological phenomenon, as well as my own personal brand. As my understanding has grown, the shroud of mystery has begun to unravel.
Season to season, my high-functioning anxiety disorder affects me in different ways. When darkness takes to the sky, it manages to break its way into my mind as well. It wakes me in the morning like a hangover, but is not so easily cured, and not as widely understood, despite being something that affects around 5% of the UK population.
Should we let Mindfulness relax us or should we be 'mindful' of world events? Finding the right balance between being politically involved and letting some of it go is not an easy line to tread. So maybe Trump Anxiety is something we have to go through, at least for now.
So next time you automatically want to use phrases such as "I'm so OCD about that" or "I'm so depressed today", just thinking about the alternatives you can use and being aware of your language can help the cause. Thank you!
As the dark nights begin to draw in, fairy lights adorn every branch, the leaves are falling off their trees in gusts of wind- it really starts to fee...
Anxiety: that inexplicable feeling similar to the one you get just before something bad happens in a scary film, as the foreboding music starts playing. Of course, anxiety can be triggered by a number of events, experiences or situations, but most prolonged periods of anxiety are underpinned by one or more of the following...
What there may need to be is a greater, wider understanding of how these causes affect the mental health of the children who suffer them. As, again, a great deal of childhood mental health problems are environmental rather than biological.
Christmas will soon be on its way, with the sweet and spicy essence of the christmas festivities lighting up our eyes, ears, hearts and, of course, ou...
Every single year I try desperately to conjure up the epitome of Christmas. But it's 2016. Santa doesn't exist and the old fashioned paper chains and snow globes I keep stockpiling don't actually have the power to transport me back to a Victorian knees-up with the Fezziwigs.
I can't easily control the fact my personality may be un-ideal, or that I have the wit of a manatee, and I certainly can't control the thought process of other people, I can however take control and even ownership of the superficial elements of my personal presentation, namely how I dress.
Feeling safe during a time of transition and uncertainty in politics and society can be difficult. At such a time feeling a comforting connection to o...
I guess the moral of this is, anxiety can get worse, but you can always become happier. Anxiety can and will always knock you back, but there are times where you will persevere and overcome it, completely smashing it out the park. So, if anxiety ever knocks you down, don't see it as a step backwards, but as a step closer to that one time where you'll defeat it, on your way to destroying anxiety for good.
Anxiety and depression do not discriminate, whether footballer or fan; and whilst men are less likely to speak out about them, when they do let's not stigmatise their pain or desire for help, let's rather support their need.
The reason I'm sharing this story today is to make it clear that battling mental illness is not easy. My brain was ill, it was imbalanced. If I didn't get the medical and cognitive help I needed I would still be in that place now. It is not weak to seek help for mental ill health; it's not even strong; it's just smart.
It makes me feel physically sick to imagine people knowing that I used to cut my skin. I imagine how people would judge me, perhaps think I'm a freak for hurting myself, and probably feel quite sick themselves once they knew.
"You have everything to live for." A phrase I've heard far too many times in the last 14 years, in fact one of many lines that people use to tell me that it is all OK. A lot of the time I don't want to hear them as it doesn't help me and sometimes I just want a hug or to be listened to.