I find that my Mental Health suffers during this time of year and comes with a constant battle between extreme FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and anxiety-riddled excuses as to why I won't attend Christmas parties or other winter-time social events. Fighting the "Winter Blues" can be difficult so I've come up with some Winter Mental Health Tips
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.
We have to begin to undo the lessons we internalise as children about our roles as men. To let go of the need to display our heroism in a world where not all of our enemies can be seen, let alone defeated. To learn to love women as people of equal value, agency and self-mastery as ourselves.
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.
You can do it! Yes, you can write, pitch ideas, speak eloquently in public and (whisper it quietly) keep going with the novel. It's possible you could make fair fist of running the country given a chance, you certainly have enough opinions.
Yeah, eating asparagus does make your pee smell. However, once you're past that, there are numerous reasons to fill the plate with more of this amazin...
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...
As a male psychiatrist, I'm very aware that our language is peppered with clichés that discourage boys and men from expressing emotion. If we talk about how we feel we may be told to "man up!" or "stop acting like a girl!".
Depression in men is a complex challenge that requires much more research from the clinical research community and more creative thinking from policy-makers. Improving the detection, diagnosis and treatment of depression in men is a worthy ambition.
No-one is immune from depression or anxiety and feeling off your psychological game can have a big impact as an entrepreneur. As a Psychotherapist, I've worked with countless entrepreneurs and business owners who have found themselves in the middle of a paralysing bout of depression or anxiety, which inevitably impacts their business.
Going into mourning following an election might seem strange. However, it's actually quite normal. Election results can be traumatic life events for some. This is what happened when the British people voted to leave the European Union.
I've been dealing with this for years and some days I win and other days I don't... I think depressed people are capable of putting up with a hell of a lot more than those that don't!
The stigma associated with a depressive illness is very evident in our society; I'm 30, have a lovely home, a great husband and 2 healthy boys. So to anyone outside my inner circle it can look like I have "no reason to be depressed".
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...
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.