Having a mental health disorder is very difficult not only for the sufferer but also their loved ones. Seeing someone you love feeling so low can be really tough.
One week I sat up straight, after a particularly intense session on a spine corrector machine and began to cry. My mind flooded with a painful memory from my childhood which I thought was long buried and forgotten. At first I felt confused and a little embarrassed by my reaction, but that was quickly overruled by the great sense of relief that I felt.
Bipolar disorder can create catastrophic life disruptions if left untreated. It can ravage relationships, interfere with employment, and even bring physical harm to the sufferer or those around them. Even with treatment, life does not simply become easy for sufferers of bipolar disorder
I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder when I was 12 years old. I would wake up every night crying, shaking and gasping for air, until I became so exhausted that I'd fall back to sleep in the early hours
While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been having a taster training with the YoungMinds Parent Helpline to learn how volunteers on the service offer support, I've drawn together insights from my work as a family therapist on the best ways to approach difficult conversations.
We are after all, only human, there are things that we experienced, have happen, let happen, had done to us, whatever it may be. Although you may have 'dealt' with it, generally speaking, some of these experiences have a way of rearing their ugly head from time to time.
The UK is in a mental health crisis. Millions of people all across the country suffer in some way with mental health issues. In treatment they face long waits and insufficient care. Many regions are without the correct services to treat people. People are misdiagnosed and ignored.
Dan asked the security guard if he had ever served in Afghanistan or Iraq. He said that if he had, he might understand why he was in the situation that he was in now. I told the guard that I did not feel he was safe to leave hospital premises.
The brain develops the connections according to what it experiences in those formative early years - those experiences are in the context of relationships. If your environment is one of violence and aggression, most likely the 'fight or flight' response will be overly developed. You will be more likely to over-react to situations of stress, and use aggression or violence.
Mental health illnesses affect 1 in 4 people. Is it really right that 90% of those face stigma and discrimination because of it? Mental health illnesses are a lot more common than most people think and in this post I am going to go over why people don't talk about mental health, why you should raise awareness for mental health and ways you can
I want to help remove the stigma around deaths from drug overdose. I find it hard to tell someone that my children have died - it's a conversation stopper. But when I tell them it was caused by drug overdose, that's harder still.
For me, being admitted to hospital was a big turning point in my recovery. It was the 'kick' that I needed; it was the moment in which I sat down and faced up to why and what I was feeling.
It's an important distinction and one which some clinicians seem to miss. The swearing in the example I gave is not intended to challenge or offend the clinician. It is an expression of profound distress and rage, and often emphasises the loss of control that the patient is experiencing at that point.
Completely out of the blue I was feeling very low and the only change in my life was this little pill. So of course recognising the difference it made, I immediately stopped taking it. But not everyone has the awareness to realise that it could be the pill having this effect on them, particularly when they haven't been warned that it can have this side effect.
Going public with regard to mental health issues, past mistakes and life errors that most people would probably choose to closet, rather than use as examples in a book to help others was a huge gamble to take, but for me it was a venture worth the risk.
Mindfulness is giving attention to the experiences happening now, internal bodily sensations and external every day experiences. Rather than always being caught up in a web or thoughts or rushing from one activity to the next, we start to experience pauses and gaps to allow for insight.