How to Help a Loved One with Depression and Anxiety

I’ve spoken a lot about my own mental health over the past few years. I make no secret of the fact that I have both depression and anxiety, and I do sometimes struggle with these illnesses, as people do with a long term physical illness as well. For loved ones, it can be really challenging knowing how to act and what to do to help a person with depression and/or...

Living with Seasonal Affective Disorder

I’ve mentioned before and, if you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen me mention my seasonal affective disorder (SAD) once again rearing it’s head as we head into autumn. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Generally speaking, it is more common in the autumn/winter and less likely to occur in the spring and summer months. Symptoms can include...

The Greatest Showman is my Greatest Motivation

It’s been a long week… Having handed in my notice during my maternity leave, I haven’t worked (apart from the long hours I put into my blog) since a week before Benjamin was born. This week I started freelance work for a local PR firm. This week two of my three children also spent a couple of days each off school unwell. I also had a very full social diary...

My CBT Journey – Sessions 1-3 

I’ve mentioned in passing my anxiety diagnosis, but I’ve not focused too much on it until now – not because I was ashamed, but because I didn’t really understand very much about it. I didn’t really know much about my own illness, so I didn’t feel I was able to go into any real detail about it here. Since I was diagnosed, I’ve come across so many people who have...

Monday Musings – Why Ed Deserves a Medal 

Anyone who knows me really well will know I am not an easy person to live with.  I’m a typical Taurean, totally stubborn and stuck in my ways. I also let anything and everything get to me. I worry about things to worry about. I exhaust myself.  It takes a special person to take all of this on and love me despite all this. And the above is me normally....

Why Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” Perfectly Sums up my Mental Illness 

“Every day is so wonderful then suddenly, it’s hard to breathe”… Having suffered from depression since I was twelve, you could say I’ve had some time to ponder how it makes me feel. The thing that I find most difficult, even as someone who is fairly good with words, is trying to get other people to understand how this illness makes you feel. A lot of the time I just...