Mental Illness: Break the Stigma

There is stigma everywhere - homophobia, sexism and racism - and luckily, this is declining, especially in Scotland. However, absent from the campaigns that banish stereotypes is mental illness and this is something I see everyday. Nowadays, it is socially unacceptable to use derogatory language, but I still hear "mental" everyday. Unfortunately, I have personally… Continue reading Mental Illness: Break the Stigma

OCD: Not an Adjective

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), affecting 1% of the population, is often used as a joke; "Sorry I'm so OCD". But, OCD is nothing to laugh at, in fact, this anxiety disorder is extremely distressing and can be debilitating as a result. The intrusive thoughts that OCD brings and the compulsions that you feel the need… Continue reading OCD: Not an Adjective

To be diagnosed with depression

Nearly a year ago I was diagnosed with depression and despite partially knowing this was the case, the diagnosis shocked me. To hear the words come out of the doctor's mouth was clarification that I was suffering and I wasn't just being dramatic. It validated my suffering but at the same time, it terrified me… Continue reading To be diagnosed with depression

What Anxiety Looks Like?!

In the picture above, you can see me - a 5ft 2"¬†girl with dark hair and that's about all that you can see. You cannot know anything from this picture except from what I look like. Since mental illness is invisible, you cannot tell who suffers from a psychiatric condition, however, I have been told… Continue reading What Anxiety Looks Like?!

A day in the life of an anxiety sufferer

For almost a year, I have lived with a severe anxiety disorder and I don't think people truly understand how challenging that can be. My anxiety affects everything; from the moment I wake up to when I fall asleep I am battling my anxious thoughts. I wanted to share how a typical day for me… Continue reading A day in the life of an anxiety sufferer

Essential Oils for Depression & Anxiety

Many people that suffer from depression and anxiety aren't keen on taking medication and prefer using natural remedies, if possible. This is understandable - taking chemicals to change the levels of neurotransmitters in your brain is quite terrifying, therefore we want to find a less invasive method that works. Furthermore, sometimes pills don't provide full… Continue reading Essential Oils for Depression & Anxiety

Buck teeth: Dealing with Insecurities

As a child I was always complimented on my teeth, but after they fell out, I never expected them to come in like they did. I was 1mm away from being classified as having "Serious Dental Issues", I'm not entirely sure what that entails, but it doesn't sound good. I was extremely self-conscious of my… Continue reading Buck teeth: Dealing with Insecurities

Instagram vs Reality: The Truth Behind the Pictures

After I shared my website with friends and family, a family friend told me that she was surprised to hear I had been suffering, as on social media I appeared to be doing fine. That really made me think; you only share the highlights of your life and this could be due to a variety… Continue reading Instagram vs Reality: The Truth Behind the Pictures

Farewell Summer: My Recovery Continues

This has been the most transformative, progressive and positive three months of my life! Having such a great amount of time off for summer has been invaluable for my recovery and I don't want it to end! Tomorrow, I begin my third year at University which is terrifying. Whilst I cannot wait to see my… Continue reading Farewell Summer: My Recovery Continues

Surviving the Academic Year: Keep Mentally Healthy

Universities, colleges and schools are all starting back around this time and, like many others, I am apprehensive about returning to such an intense work load. Last year, I struggled with my mental health whilst I was at University and instead of making postive changes to my life, in an effort to cope better, I… Continue reading Surviving the Academic Year: Keep Mentally Healthy