I’ve written before about how the people around me are affected by my mental illness. Honestly, I feel like it’s quite an important part of writing about mental health, especially when you still live with your parents. I try really, really hard to be mindful of how I talk to and treat people when I’m feeling… Continue reading Ouch.
WARNING: Incoherent rant follows. I want to ban the word ‘just’ and all its counterparts. Not only is it useless, it makes you feel an inch tall. The worst, to me, is when doctors use it. ‘Oh, it’s just anxiety / depression / another stigmatised illness.’ Is that all? I’m so glad it’s just constant… Continue reading Just.
It’s been a while since I last wrote and I must admit that it’s been the last thing on my mind. A while back, I blogged about my indecision over whether to wean off Sertraline or stay on it. Well, against the better judgement of my doctor, my parents, my friends, pretty much everyone I… Continue reading Sertraline experiences
Recently I’ve had a change of heart. I’ve realised how long it can take to recover from something like anxiety. Although that hasn’t stopped me wanting to recover, it has made me change the way I think about my anxiety.
I’ve decided to view it as a blessing, rather than a curse. What good does it do to only see the negatives in life? Over the years, anxiety has done me quite a few favours, you may be surprised to hear. But when I think about it, anxiety has sometimes been my friend. It was sleepless nights that made me read countless books. It was the fear of failure that pushed me to work hard for exams and school work. It was fear of pain that stopped me going anything potentially dangerous. It was pure fear that stopped me taking that shortcut in the dark. Anxiety pushed me to find better friends when the ones I had were doing stupid things. Anxiety made me realise that my family is SO important and, as morbid as it sounds, I need to appreciate them while I can.
So yes, it’s an inconvenience. Sometimes it’s truly awful and hideous to cope with. But I think, for now at least, I’m willing to cope with that.
So I’ve been on Sertraline for about a year. I have seriously horrendous depression days, random anxiety attacks and daily chest pains. A year in. Now, call me crazy, but I don’t want to have those side effects for the rest of my life. I’m twenty years old and on a cocktail of tablets fit… Continue reading To wean or not to wean?
I often wish anxiety came with a how-to handbook. Today is one of those days. Tonight, my best friend is having a birthday dinner party with six other friends. Friends I have never met, and have never heard particularly great things about. To say I’m dreading it is putting it VERY lightly. I. Am. Terrified.… Continue reading A night out with anxiety
Over the past six years, I’ve done as much as I possibly can to learn about anxiety and how to deal with it. ‘Cause sometimes I don’t want to sit there and let it take over. So, here is my guide to dealing with anxiety disorder(s)! YOGA. The thing that has probably helped me the… Continue reading Things I’ve learnt about dealing with anxiety