5 Methods to Combat Depression & Generalised Anxiety

I make no secret of the fact that I live with a mental illness. My first episode of depression happened when I was twelve years old. I was going through a lot at the time including the death of my beloved grandad, and I really struggled to cope with all the strong emotions I was feeling. Talking therapies helped at the time and I have used them when I have...

My CBT Journey – Sessions 7-10

So something huge has happened, I have finished my ten sessions of CBT and I actually feel that my anxiety is so much more settled than it was when I started a few months ago at the end of summer. My therapist actually suggested she sign me off during session nine, as I was so much happier, had been overcoming all my obstacles and the whole process seemed to draw...

My CBT Journey – Sessions 4-6 

So I’ve been really bad and not written any notes from sessions 4 and 5, which happened prior to a long break from CBT whilst my therapist was on holiday. Therefore I’ve had to write this focusing on what I can remember from the sessions. Session 4 looked at my homework from the previous week. I think we were only meant to look at it for part of the session,...

I’m a Stay at Home Mum and My Loneliness is Suffocating Me 

Today is the day I would have been due to return to work after maternity leave. I took a year off when I had Benjamin as I knew my decision of whether to return to work or stay home would be a difficult one.  The thing is, I like having a job. It gives me a sense of purpose, it gets me out of the house, and it guarantees at...

Negativity on Social Media. Attention Seeking or a Cry for Help? 

This morning I wrote a status on my personal Facebook profile. It was a fairly depressing few sentences summing up my emotions on what has been a very low day for me.  As somebody who suffers with depression and anxiety, my friends, family members and acquaintances, as well as my followers are used to seeing a yo-yo of emotions from day to day on my social media.  Sometimes I share...

Springing into Spring – Feeling More Positive about My Mental Health 

So the start of spring is almost upon us and with it, for me at least, brings lots of plans, motivation and a fresh outlook on life.  I’ve suffered with depression since I was twelve years old. It’s always been there since, even during the high points, like some dark cloud just waiting to come back and cover me.  I’ve tried plenty of different ways to cope with my mental...

An Open Letter to The Doctor Who Let me Down 

You weren’t to know, when I entered your room this morning that I was having a dark day. You weren’t to realise that anything, any one significant thing could have tipped me from just coping to teetering on the brink of despair.  You weren’t to know, but that shouldn’t matter. As a doctor you have a duty of care. You are meant to treat your patients with the respect and...