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Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic… and the rest!

Advice for care givers

What Does An Anxious Person Look Like?

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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We’re All Mad Here Book

After one year in the making, the book has finally been published and will available everywhere from Monday 21st November! Thank you to everyone who came to the launch. It was wonderful to meet so many mental health advocates and all round awesome people. I started writing my blog in 2013 when I was recovering from a nervous breakdown. Years of ignoring my issues with social anxiety finally caused my […]

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The Bully & Winter Blues

Unfortunate weekend, I had so many things that I wanted to do; blog posts, film, meet people, clean the flat. But with the exception of watching Poldark, I actually did f**k all. Instead, I spent two days in a state of fatigue, sadness, and guilt. I just wanted to stay in bed and hide, whilst at the same time, I hated myself for being so lazy. Like a weird co-dependency. […]

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Anxiety and Autism

This week I’d like to write about another mental disorder, one that shares symptoms with anxiety and panic attacks. On Saturday I attended The Autism Show in London, which is the national event for Autism and Asperger Syndrome. After wandering around in complete awe for a while, (some of the sensory toys are incredible)! I started talking to the staff at The National Autistic Society and I was particularly moved […]

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Santa ain’t ma shrink!

“How can you be sad? It’s Christmas!” Possibly the most infuriating phrase I’ve EVER heard.. and yet it pops up every year. November to early February are hard months for me, (due to a traumatic event that happened ten years ago.. long story). My anxiety flares up and my moods plummet in response. Anyone with a mental health condition will know that such feelings or symptoms are not a ‘choice’ […]

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I predict a riot. . . or exam freak outs

When marking a batch of mock exam papers, a teacher friend of mine found a note written by one of her students, “I haven’t got a clue how I will cope with this in the exam hall. No matter how desperately I try to deal with this I can’t.” According to recent reports, ChildLine has received 34,000 calls between 2014/2015 – from teenagers struggling to cope with exam related stress. […]

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The five ‘don’ts’ for care givers

This post is mainly for care givers and those who support someone with Anxiety or Panic Disorder. One of the biggest problems concerning mental illness is the lack of guidance. Unlike a physical condition such as a stomach bug or a broken bone, there aren’t any clear instructions to guarantee recovery. Doctors can only make ‘suggestions’ without concrete proof. Not exactly the kind of thing you want to hear when […]

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Ignoring the introvert = BAD

Around May this year, I wrote about the introvert personality. It’s a concept that still fascinates me, particularly as so many people still confuse the meaning. For instance, I went out for drinks with a charming author last week and whilst talking about various other things I casually slipped into the conversation that I’m naturally quite introverted. To which he replied; “Darling I won’t have any of that, you’re not […]

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