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

Exercise & Mental Illness: Pole Dancing

I have never believed that exercise could help my anxiety or depression. I have spent months meditating daily, attended CBT and thrown myself into practicing mindfulness - but for some reason I have never placed any hope on exercise. I have heard all of the success stories, "My sister runs to keep her anxiety away"… Continue reading Exercise & Mental Illness: Pole Dancing

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

A Cute Crisis Kit

When I was suffering from severe anxiety, my anxiety would peak whenever I had to leave the house and this would leave me so distressed that I wouldn't be able to function. However, at the same time I would insist on having everything I could possibly need in the case of having an anxiety attack.… Continue reading A Cute Crisis Kit

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

Living in Acute Crisis: My Experiences

Not everyone will have experienced depression and anxiety, although 1 in 4 will struggle with their mental health in their lifetime, and in order to raise awareness, everyone needs to understand mental illness. It can be hard to support something that you don't relate to, therefore I will share my experiences in an attempt to… Continue reading Living in Acute Crisis: My Experiences

Depressed or Dramatic?: Triggered

Nothing frustrates me more than people implying that mental illness is nothing more than an exaggeration of normal emotions. When you struggle on a daily basis to function, as a direct result of your mental illness, people belittling your condition can shock you. There seems to be a widespread belief that admitting mental illness is… Continue reading Depressed or Dramatic?: Triggered

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