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Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic… and the rest!

Two Mad Girls 

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.

**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

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.

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

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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The last of 2016 

2016 Is nearing it’s end, only 11 days left to go… and the standard consensus across the board is that it’s been a shit year. Brexit, Trump and numerous celebrity deaths. Ok cool, I get it and I think it’s safe to say that it’s been a shock for all of us. However, not to sound like a screaming child but 2016 has also been one of the best years of […]

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Crimbo guilt

It’s “the most wonderful time of the year.” Christmas trees, Santa and pretty, bright lights. How could you possibly feel anything but happiness? Well… because you have depression or anxiety. As much as I’d like to think that mental health conditions vanish during Christmas break, I’m afraid they don’t. In fairness, neither would a cold or a broken bone. Can you imagine? “shit its Christmas, I best get my arm […]

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Crimbo and Code Blue

“It’s beginning to look a lot like….” Yep you know the rest! We put our decorations up last night, all baring the tree because we couldn’t be arsed  it takes ages and Rigby would only destroy it at some point. During this season, I notice that people fall into one of two categories: Christmas crazy Christmas humbug In previous years I’ve tended to lean more towards humbug, mainly due to […]

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