Mental Health Reviews

The Mental Health Tag

Gooood morning folks! Now, if you follow me or my blog you’ll know I am super open about my mental health problems and I’m a huge advocate for mental health awareness, ending the stigma and educating people on the symptoms and options for mental health problems. I don’t think you can ever talk about mental health too much, there’s always someone willing to learn or who needs to learn. I found The Mental Health tag on Anxiously, Me blog and instantly wanted to do it myself. Please go and check out Anxiously Me’s post here as well.

What is your mental health issue?

I have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

Do you have medication and/or therapy?

I have never taken medication, even though I was prescribed it once. I had CBT on the NHS and then saw a private counsellor for over a year. I don’t any more but she’s always there to have the one off appointment with if I need it.

What therapy/medication have you tried and have any worked for you?

Well CBT didn’t really do anything for me. The only way this really helped was getting me out of the house occasionally and doing something which scared me. Which is obviously important but on a whole, the therapy itself didn’t help .My private counsellor was more “talking therapy”. She didn’t get me to fill out any graphs or charts . She set me small, manageable goals, talked about my problems and went deeper into why they manifested. This helped massively for me.

How long have you had problems for?

I was diagnosed with anxiety in 2012 so around 5 years now.

Do your family/friends know?

My closest friends and family do. I don’t know to what extent my extended family knows but to be honest, I don’t really care. If they know, they know.

Does this affect your work and daily living?

Yes, massively. I struggle leaving the house on my own. But if I’m out with other people, I’m absolutely fine. I struggled with a job because it was making me so anxious and I also had to quit a college course and placement because it was stressing me out too much. Luckily, I made the most of the situation and started my own business so I now work from home. But I’m not ruling out getting a part-time job as well.

What makes you feel calm?

Reading, watching YouTube, drinking water, having my mum around, yoga.

What do you do in crisis?

If I’m having an anxiety attack, which is rarely anymore, I prefer to be alone. Having no music or TV on and being as still and quiet as possible and focusing on my breathing. I like the 7/11 technique (7 counts in, 11 counts out). I also use Bach’s Rescue Remedy spray if I need t and take Kalms tablets daily to keep the edge off.

What advice would you give to others suffering?

First and foremost get help. Doctor, therapist, family member, calling the Samaritans. Anything. Just get help. It’s scary but it’ll help and will feel like a huge weight off of your shoulders. Also, don’t let one little set back stop you in your stride. We all have set backs because life isn’t going to be perfect all the time. Forget about it and move on. Don’t dwell. Find a “safe haven” as well. Something to do or a place to go when you feel really bad.

What makes you smile?

Books, blogging, my best friend, my dog, my parents, yoga, a nice meal, a warm bath, a clear night sky, an interesting documentary, feeling productive.

Describe your mental health issue in 5 words –

Frustrating, improving, challenging, annoying and unrealistic.

If you have any questions about my mental health or want any advice or support for yours, please do leave a comment below.

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106 Comments

  1. I love to see how open you are with this. You are helping so many people out in the world to fight the same fight you are. Thank you! Flightministries.com

    1. Thank you (:

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  3. mozellebarrmartin says:

    Happened upon your blog and love it. As a child & teen trauma survivor, I had depression and battled suicidal thoughts for many years. In fact, my first serious attempt was at age 9, my last was at the age of 17 so I clearly understand what you write – both personally and as a 30 year trauma therapist. I think it is great that you share your message because it is therapeutic for many others as well. When I was an angry, isolated, depressed, and suicidal teenager, my attitude became so toxic that I hated myself and, as a result, I started speaking my mind very directly and abruptly without discrimination. I never listened to my adoptive parents who said to “tone it down a little” even though I knew that I was being hurtful. I guess my thoughts were “if I am mean to everyone first, they can’t be mean to me”. In fact, in my autobiographical memoir called “Shattered to Shining”, I talk about the ways that both not speaking my true feelings & speaking my true feelings abruptly affected my life and how my anxiety held me captive and made me a control-freak, and much more.. I can now look back and see that much of the toxicity I carried around was a defense mechanism – a survival skill of some kind. Finally a mentor told me “The Best Way to Get Even is to Become a Success” and that helped change or shift my mindset. It allowed me to develop empathy and compassion and, as a young adult, I was able to “tone it down a little” – not because I was told to but because, as I healed, I actually wanted to. Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your bare, thought-provoking content.

    1. Thank you for sharing your story – albeit just a small part of it. I truly admire people like you and I’m so glad you liked the post!

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    1. Thank you for linking (: xxx

  5. Spledid read love! I only just recently (as in middle of 2017) started opening up and talking about my anxiety and my panic attacks. It felt beyond empowering and i never thought people would be so supportive. When im terrified and crying because i feel there are monsters with me, people repeat over and over that there’s no one there. They’re just…good god they’re just charming, really! Anywho great work love! I love writing and reading about MH and MHI so WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY IS hon you just got a follow (i wish that didn’t sound as passive aggressive as i think it does) xx

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  7. Such a good idea & brave too 🙂 thank you for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome (: xxx

  8. Thank you for what you’re sharing about anxiety here! I’ll be including this one in my Friday inspirational roundup post 🙂

    1. Awh thank you very much (: xxx

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  11. Please read the post “I’m sorry” that was published by this account for someone else. Her story’s incredibly moving ❤️🌸

  12. I was wondering whether you got annoyed when people tell you what to do about the challenges you face with your mental health (the challenges you used to face if you don’t anymore) ? And have people’s opinion actually impacted you getting better or was it more of a personal internal process? I know that I get so fed up with people when they tell me that all will get better and that I should try eating cause that helps. But I could be in the wrong *shrugs shoulders*

    1. I get a little annoyed yes. Although it depends what’s said and who says it. You know deep down who has your best interests at heart.

  13. Nice post!!

  14. M Rose says:

    “Find a safe haven”- such an important one. Having somewhere that you feel comfortable has been so helpful in me managing my mental health issues. Thank you for being so open, and hopefully in doing so encouraging others to do the same!

    1. Oh absolutely me too!

  15. Lozzy<3 says:

    Thank you so much for your inspirational post. It’s amazing that people such as yourself are opening up about mental health issues. I have had mental health issues for a while now and it’s people like yourself who help me to open up that bit more. So thank you very much for being open about it because it will really help me. Oh and btw this is such an amazing and beautiful post:)<3 Xx

    1. I’m really glad 🙂 thanks so much for reading x

      1. Lozzy<3 says:

        No problem 🙂 Your blog is great x

  16. Thanks for sharing! Mind if I give this a go on my blog? I’ll definitely give you credit.

    1. Course not

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  18. mssund3rstood says:

    Great post. Ok if I do this for me ?

    1. Course 🙂

  19. I love this. I think I will do it myself. Thanks so much for sharing

    1. Go for it!

  20. Beautiful post! 💜 I suffer from anxiety myself and opening up is just the most important thing ever in order to heal.

    1. Totally agree!

  21. molaj84 says:

    It’s great with more and more people standing up and fighting the stigma. I like that you keep of the meds. I have bipolar and try to use photography and exercise. And meditation. My girlfriend is studying to become a yoga teacher so I try to hang along on that as well! 🙂 best of luck to you!

    1. Thats brilliant. I absolutely adore yoga- it can be SO beneficial for mental health so good for her too!

  22. Thank you for your openness. It challenges me to be open as I write my new blog – so far I’ve been a bit vague about mental health.

    1. I’d highly recommend talking about it more thoroughly; you meet so many people who go through the same and can find a huge online support network.

  23. Love how open you are about such a sensitive topic, takes a lot of bravery! Loved the post.

    1. Thank you (:

  24. Great post! Im happy for you, I deal with anxiety 2 so I know it takes a lot of work to live in peace with it, congrats 🙂 <3

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  25. It’s great that you have spoken out I know from experience it isn’t easy I have just started a new blog myself abou mental health and it would be great to have followers here is the link Ups and downs in life | A blog about everything in life
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