anxiety

I’m Not Sorry for My Mental Health

Trigger Warning: Discussions of mental health – depression and anxiety and also suicidal thoughts. — There have been quite a number of campaigns across all forms of media recently about ending the stigma associated with mental health. I am an avid supporter of getting people to talk, in order to …

We Must Stop Listening to Royals Talking About Our Pills

Trigger Warning: Discussions of pills, mental health conditions and suicidal thoughts. — A recent Daily Mail headline ran with a quote from the British Prince that many of us hold dear shaming people that take medication. Yup, Prince Harry told doctors how to do their jobs when he said “we must stop …

The Science behind Antidepressants

Trigger warning: This article discusses depression and suicidal thoughts. — There are lots of different drugs used to treat mental health conditions, and you may have (like I was several years ago) been handed a prescription and had literally no idea what the drug was or what it would do. …

Suffering in Silence: Mental Health in the South Asian Community

In January 2016, David Cameron pledged a billion pounds to reform mental health services. The government often (always) refers to this when attempting to defend so called ‘progression’. However, what many are unaware of is that this money was not ring fenced, and instead siphoned off into other services; yet …

Automatic Reply: I’m Good Thanks, How Are You?

It was just your average Thursday morning. I was on route to my plush office, overlooking the Thames, to work alongside people I genuinely care about, and make some money to buy a few nice things. In theory, everything was fine. Yet there I was, crying on the tube, not …

Your First Mental Health Appointment: Stories and Tips

Trigger Warning: This article discusses mental health throughout, including depression, anxiety, self-harm and sexual assault. — You overcame the fear and rang up, navigated the nosey receptionist (if it’s anything like my practice, anyway) and you have your first mental health appointment set up and ready. So, what now? How …