10 Steps to Controlling Panic Attacks

10 Steps to Controlling Panic Attacks

If you suffer from anxiety, depression or phobias or if you have alcohol problems you may know what I’m talking about when I say panic attacks are the WORST. Anyone can experience a panic attack but particularly if you are feeling vulnerable due to tiredness or stress. I have experienced panic attacks many times in [...]

One Year On, How Antidepressants Helped Me Find Myself Again

One Year On, How Antidepressants Helped Me Find Myself Again

This is clearly written and informative for anyone on the brink of taking medication for mental illnesses.

Rob Talks Mental Health

On Wednesday I will be returning to see my GP to review my medication just over a year after I began taking antidepressants to help manage my anxiety and subsequent depression.

The end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 was one of the toughest periods I’ve been through with my mental health. My anxiety got a grip of me again and sent me spiralling to the point where I was struggling to get up to go to work everyday.

My condition overwhelmed me, stripped me of my confidence and stole my happiness. It ultimately led me to become depressed as I withdrew from the world and almost lost hope of getting better completely.

Despite hitting such a low, for a long time I was adamant that I did not want to treat my conditions with medication.

I had a really misguided view of medicating mental illness before my recovery that revolved around the following common irrational fears and misconceptions which I had:

1: Talking therapies…

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Taking the Mask Off – What Recovery Really Looks Like

Taking the Mask Off – What Recovery Really Looks Like

I’m in recovery from an anxiety disorder, depression and an eating disorder. And it’s been going well. Very well actually. Up until last week I would have said that I am ‘recovered’. But life isn’t that simple.

Let’s talk about Depression & Why is it still a taboo?

Let’s talk about Depression & Why is it still a taboo?

This is a really excellent and easy to read resource on depression!

A directory of wonderful things

Health is defined as, “a state of complete physical, MENTAL, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease.”

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects the body, mind & behavior that often manifests by feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness & pessimism.

According to WHO, more than 350 million people are suffering from depression worldwide, that’s more than the population of Russia & Bangladesh combined. It’s the leading cause of disability & close to 800,000 people commits suicide to get out of depression, and yet it’s still so hard to talk about it publicly. Why? It’s 2017, not 17th century. Even Gay marriages are legal in so many parts of the world, why is it a shame to talk about depression then?

We all suffer from mood swings, we all go through highs and lows in our lives but with some people, this ‘low’ period is prolonged…

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Understanding Eating Disorders

By Melissa Rose on Thought Catalog “As of 2016, over 30 million people in the United States have a diagnosable eating disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among all mental disorders, killing one person just about every hour. Even though this is the case, many people have misconceptions about the disorder or don’t [...]