There's been so much media attention surrounding the importance of speaking out about our mental health difficulties and it's a common misconception that once you do speak out you can get the help that you so desperately need. Sadly from my experience it's been incredibly difficult to get that help and surprisingly easy to slip … Continue reading Mental Health: The struggles after speaking out.
10 reasons why owning a pet can help with depression.
Living with a mental illness such as depression is really tough. It can be very lonely at times. Friends don't keep in touch as often because I'm not out socialising. There's days when my only contact with another human being has been via text message. Days can seem very tedious, especially because I also suffer … Continue reading 10 reasons why owning a pet can help with depression.
Relationships are hard when you’re depressed.
Maintaining relationships while you're dealing with any illness both physical or mental is really difficult. When I was physically ill and couldn't walk, it took away alot of the choices I once had. I was suddenly dependent on others to come and visit me. I had no control over where or when I could see … Continue reading Relationships are hard when you’re depressed.
Messages to the unknown.
Since I became ill and found myself subsequently battling with depression it's been really hard for me to connect with people. I think that's partly why I began writing this blog because I have very few outlets for my emotions. One of those outlets was social media and in particular Instagram. Instagram allows just picture … Continue reading Messages to the unknown.
Where is the love?
There have been a few times in the past week that I've been left wondering why it is that so many people seem to be lacking in basic human compassion and empathy. I met a lovely lady online struggling with her own identity and trying to find where she fitted into the world being transgender. … Continue reading Where is the love?
Depressive behaviours and learning how to live with them (part 2).
Continuing on from part 1 of this post about my own experiences with depression and how it changes my day to day behaviour, here are a few more examples of what to look out for and some suggestions which might help make things a little easier. These are just my own thoughts and practices and they … Continue reading Depressive behaviours and learning how to live with them (part 2).
Depressive behaviours and learning how to live with them.
The last few days haven't really been great for me, sometimes it's a struggle just to function as a human being. I don't want to eat anything, I don't want to speak to anyone and I don't want to have to get out of bed. If there was a button I could press, to just … Continue reading Depressive behaviours and learning how to live with them.
You won’t be the same person who walked in.
"......once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this … Continue reading You won’t be the same person who walked in.
Depression isn’t contagious.
I saw this picture a little while ago and thought it represented how other peoples perceptions of depression have made me feel. Social media is full of people sharing every little detail about their seemingly perfect lives. They spend so much time seeking attention from others with posts of their perfectly dressed children, their expensive … Continue reading Depression isn’t contagious.
Before the rain.
It really is true when they say you don't know what you've got until it's gone. The everyday things that I used to take for granted, like waking up in the mornings feeling ready for the day, answering my phone when it rings, being able to decide what to have to eat, what to watch … Continue reading Before the rain.