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Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic… and the rest!

What Does An Anxious Person Look Like?

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One of the most common remarks I hear when talking about mental health is, “you don’t look like you have social anxiety.” Or, “but you’re always so happy.” It’s not something I take offence to, because it’s meant with curiosity and I suppose in some ways, a compliment. “Oh wow, you don’t seem crazy at all!”I think they expect me to be rocking in a corner somewhere, clutching a bottle […]

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Along Came Polly..

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The social media and mental health have an odd relationship. I for one am NOT going to shit all over it, because blogging is my bread and butter. Twitter helped me to connect with other anxiety sufferers, Facebook enabled me to set up my own mental health community and instagram indulges my love of dogs looking cute. However, I do acknowledge the dark side, one that I doubt even Lord […]

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We’re All Mad Here – Giveaway!

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Greetings all! We made it through January, (by the skin of our teeth) and now it’s time to embrace February and all the possibilities that it may bring. But how? I hear you ask. Well what better way to celebrate the end of the most depressing month of the year than with…. BADGES!!  For the chance to win one please tweet this message: It’s Feb & We’re All Mad Here! https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Were-Here-Nonsense-Guide-Living-Social-Anxiety/1785920820 #Allmadherebook @ClaireyLove  […]

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Two Mad Girls 

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The first thing to say about Bryony Gordon is that she’s unashamedly herself and encourages others to be the same. The second is, I LOVE HER. Not that you’d be able to tell… my northern heritage keeps me from showing emotion, as I noticed to my horror, on my This Morning appearance. People told me to ‘smile more’ as a kid, and now it all makes sense! The only exception […]

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Demon whispers.

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**Trigger warning – do not read if feeling vulnerable.** On Sunday I felt the demon lurking, I always know when he’s coming, Tip toeing behind me like a child in the shadows. By Monday morning he saw an opening and sprang, pinning me down like a weight, & digging into my core until I was numb. It didn’t help that I had an event to attend that evening. I tried […]

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Blue Monday

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Blue Monday is upon us. “Reported to be the most depressing day of the year for countries in the Northern Hemisphere.” BM only became a ‘thing’ in 2005  when this bloke, Cliff Arnall, did a fancy albeit confusing equation. Do we all get this? Cool. OF COURSE NOT!! Allow me to add a key: W = weather D= debt T = time since Christmas Q = time since failing our […]

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Theresa May – action, not talk please.

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To say that I have mixed emotions with regard to Theresa May’s very well publicised speech yesterday, is an understatement. On the one hand, mental health received a shout out on TV. Amazing! The stigma and problems surrounding it were formally recognised. I also like the prospect that every secondary school will receive mental health first aid training, to help teachers identify symptoms and students who may be developing issues. […]

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The Toxic Detox

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Happy new year! I hope that everyone had a nice Christmas? Now that January is here we tend to feel guilty about our indulgence over the holidays. (‘Indulgence,’ is basically a nice way of saying we stuffed our faces). January = detox, clean living and joining an expensive gym. As someone who is prone to black or white thinking, I must admit that after eating and drinking to excess, the idea of detoxification […]

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