How to Recover from Depression

Recovering from a mental illness like depression can seem incredibly daunting; there are no quick programs, which may be due to the highly individualised presentation of the disorder. Or this may be due to lack of available treatment. But everything is easier with a plan - even if that plan may be a very rough guideline.… Continue reading How to Recover from Depression

New Year Resolutions: positive & healthy

New Year Resolutions are often short-lived and meaningless. However, I think having targets is extremely beneficial in life - if you aim for the moon, then you'll land in the stars. I set goals constantly and having a clear image of what I want to achieve keeps me determined. Although, my love for meeting targets… Continue reading New Year Resolutions: positive & healthy

The Real Christmas Miracle: Depression Recovery

Last Christmas, I was battling very severe depression and it took all my strength to get through each and every day. I felt terrified at the thought of my family coming over for Christmas dinner because I just didn't want to socialise - I didn't think I actually could. But it was Christmas  so instead… Continue reading The Real Christmas Miracle: Depression Recovery

Cocaine, Young Males & Depression

In 2017, 6213 people committed suicide in the UK and alarmingly, the suicide rate in Scotland for young males has been rising year upon year. Furthermore, death by drug overdose in Scotland has exponentially increased throughout the past 5 years. And whilst more and more people die from suicide or from abusing drugs, little is… Continue reading Cocaine, Young Males & Depression

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

Turning 20: Onwards and Upwards

Today is my birthday and I am over the moon to say that. Some may think I am being egoistical, but turning 20 is extremely important to me. On my last birthday, I remember feeling overwhelming depressed, but at that time in my life I kept those feelings to myself. A year later, I am… Continue reading Turning 20: Onwards and Upwards

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

Addiction: Treatment & Stigma

I've recently been learning about addiction and some of the things I have heard have shocked me, especially the statistics. Alcohol and drug detoxification can be fatal - you can't go cold turkey by yourself if you are severely addicted. Medical care is essential for a safe recovery from addiction, but due to the lack of… Continue reading Addiction: Treatment & Stigma

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