Just for a season, I’m saying no…

*this post is written partly as a cathartic self expressive exercise, and also because I’m rubbish at explaining how I feel in person. I’ve come a long way on this mental health journey of mine, and where as once I would have just kept going until I broke, I now have the ability to recognize better […]

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Feel stress free with Thrive

I recently was asked to try out an app, to see how it worked when dealing with issues like stress, anxiety and depression. It’s a handy little app available to download to a mobile device. The developers of the program have come up with an app you can use to help you manage stress and cope […]

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I am glad I had a mental health breakdown…

So you are reading the title of this post and thinking and possibly even saying “what the…?”. You need to read on to understand what I mean and you will get what I am trying to say.  This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and many of us, who have struggled with mental health issues, […]

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Anatomy of a panic attack…

This is very raw and personal. I won’t give advice. I can’t tell you I’m an expert on anxiety. I can’t claim to know how to handle it perfectly because I’m still walking the long road to learning how to help myself. Yesterday I had an panic attack. It’s been a while. I know I […]

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When you need valium to go to the dentist…

I don’t like going to the dentist. I am pretty sure that there are actually very few people who are thrilled by the idea, but there are a number of people in the population, who actually have anxiety around going to the dentist and having dental treatment, and I am one of them. In fact, […]

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You’re back?

Well hello again? You’re back? Or at least you think you are? You want to come back into my life…you want me to let you in and take up the space you had before?  You want to control me? You want to put me back into that place, where YOU think I should be? You […]

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Is feeling numb ok?

Christmas can be a challenging time, for those who struggle with mental health issues.  It’s supposed to be a time of joy, goodwill to all men, fun, love, and all the “nice” things we are supposed to feel.  I love Christmas because my children enjoy the festivities, the gift giving, and seeing friends and family. […]

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I don’t have to make other people happy…

In all the months of therapy, that I have had, since I was referred for help after my breakdown and diagnosis of anxiety disorder in 2013, one theme has come up, again and again, with my therapist talking me through how I handle life, and the wishes and expectations of others and the effect it […]

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