mental health

roobs vs a new diagnosis

hi again pals! a lot has happened between mental health awareness week last year, and now. but one of the more unexpected changes to my life is the entering into *this* MH awareness week with a new diagnosis. not because i thought my mental health was really improving, but because i’ve never been surprised by a diagnosis in my entire life. i vividly remember, aged about 11, sitting in my mum’s worn blue armchair in the living room, reading a book called something along the lines of ‘dr jolly’s book of childcare' - which was essentially just a list of...

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mental health dictionary

happy mental health awareness week my sweet friends. for a long time i’ve struggled with my place. there are so many things i care about that i’ve often tried very hard to make each of them a part of my work, my identity, my online presence, my contribution. but, the more i learn, the more i realise that there are topics that - care, though i might - i should be allowing others to deal with. [the irony of this relating back to my mental health, and my lifelong need to be a master of all fields and perfect at...

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things that happened when i came off the contraceptive pill, part 2

where were we? apologies for the delayed follow-up, life just gets in the way sometimes (all the time) yknow? ANYWAY. the last post was VERY long, but the way i see it - if you’re posting something that’s intended to be educational, you can’t just present info as fact, without giving the background to the situation. it’s a widely-acknowledged truth that no two experiences on hormonal contraception are the same, so it is of literally no use when you see people listing the things that happened when they stopped taking it, if they haven’t provided any indication of their experience...

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things that happened when i came off the contraceptive pill, part 1

after a solid 8 years on the pill, my complicated relationship with it came to an end in january. it was very much a 'it's not me, it's you' type breakup. i have done a very horrible job of succinctly summing up my experience, and as a result, have had to break it up into 2 parts. this is part 1. it is important to clarify a couple of things, before i begin. i have had anxiety (in one form or another, to alternating degrees of severity) since childhood. i am therefore unable to say, with complete certainty, to what...

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roobs vs mental health tourism

another mental health awareness hashtag has come & gone, and once more i - like many others - are left, cold & lonely, in the shadow behind its fleeting spotlight. and, with each passing ‘day of awareness’, the more i’m able to understand and articulate where it fails.  i realise, this year, that the failure of some people advocating for mental health is that they approach disorders symptomatically. for example - someone who does not suffer from generalised anxiety might approach the issue of anxiety as a battle against feeling nervous before an event, or before meeting someone new, or...

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