Tag: mental illness

It’s Okay If They Don’t Understand

mental health, depression, living with depression, this stuff is golden,

There’s a lot of stigma against mental illness, which only makes living with mental illness even more difficult. It brings feelings of shame, embarrassment and guilt about how your mental health is controlling your life and yet everybody else in your world seems to be taking the reigns of their own lives just fine. Those …

I Am Bigger Than This

personal essay, mental health, mental illness,

By My BFF The first time I felt depressed was after my parents split up. I had just turned ten. My dad and older sister moved halfway around the world and I would speak to them on the phone at the same time each day – 5pm my time, 9pm theirs. At first I used …

My Struggle With Depression

depression, mental health, mental illness, what depression actually feels like,

Depression is a beastie. It takes from you. It uses your anxieties to make you feel worse. It makes you miss the person that you used to be before it clutched you in a misguided embrace. Some people, like me, can be ashamed by having depression. “Am I just being lazy?” “Will other people think …

It’s Okay Not To Be Happy All The Time

mental health, being happy, sadness, depression, mental illness, this stuff is golden,

I was a bit of a sad twelve year old girl. I did not fit in well in my secondary school – a single sex school filled with students desperate to grow-up, whilst I was still enjoying playing with my two younger brothers and not learning about all things adolescent. I wasn’t very good at …

What Body Dysmorphic Disorder Is Like

body dysmorphic disorder, teenage years, secondary school, BDD, mental illness, this stuff is golden,

In year 10 of secondary school, my form tutor announced that we all had to participate in a renewal of our school photos; the last round of photos being of us in the innocent and enthusiastic days of year 7, at the tender age of 11. This sent a surge of panic through my bones …