Category: Mental Health

My experience of depression – drugs vs talking therapy

Originally posted in February 2018  Depression, the black dog, that gloomy cloud that envelops your being from morning to night. That feeling of dread. Doom. Waking in the night. Crying for seemingly no reason. Self harm. Spending money you don’t have. Not going out. Going out too much. Alcohol. Drugs. …

Dealing with grief – the death of an estranged parent

Almost a year has passed since the death of my estranged father Grief is a funny thing. It comes in waves when you least expect it. The most unexpected feelings emerge at the news of a loved-ones death. The news of the death of an estranged parent is something I …

Every day should be World Mental Health Day

It’s world mental health day and I’m feeling very emotional. I organised a coffee morning, including a raffle, in aid of West Kent Mind. I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s been a bit overwhelming but, my god, it’s been worthwhile. I don’t know how much we raised, but …

Why I’m not an inspiration

I am not an inspiration – there, I said it I’ve just come home from a wonderful weekend away with my blogging buddies. I was on a total high. Everything was going so well. Then I got a message. One measly message has put me from cloud 9 to rock …

I might be fat but I’m still f**king awesome

I’m on the train on my way home from a birthday meal. I’m now a 41-year-old woman and a size 20/22. Please make yourself comfortable while I tell you the story of a 16-year-old girl who was a size 16 and convinced she was grotesque. I remember vividly wanting to …

Dieting – why is it so effing hard?

For as long as I can remember I’ve been on a diet, or at least in need of one.  When I was seven my mum took me to the Dr because I had a cold or some other unrelated illness and the Dr (who himself was, let’s be honest here, …

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