Why You Need a Support Network

Why You Need a Support Network

Feeling alone at a bad time can be the difference between recovery and relapse. Everyone deserves to be heard, their problems validated. Whether it’s a friend, partner, or even finding a community online, people need a person or place to go to where they feel like they’re being heard and cared for. I’m incredibly lucky [...]

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My Mental Illness Does Not Define Me

My Mental Illness Does Not Define Me

“But what I struggle with…” I’d often say, to cautiously steer a conversation towards mental health, as if navigating a social minefield, scared of saying the wrong thing. I was always worried that once I’d used a hideous taboo word, like ‘anxiety’ or ‘antidepressants’ that it’d all be over for me. Nobody can go back [...]

The Symptom of Depression Nobody Talks About

The Symptom of Depression Nobody Talks About

Depression is often summarised as a lack of energy, appetite, and motivation. Living with depression for years, I’ve experienced all of these, but I’ve found that there’s one side of the illness that never seems to be mentioned: confusion. Some describe it as an out of body experience, where a person is physically there, but [...]