How mental illness changed my view of the world

I feel like the whole pandemic thing has perhaps heightened some of my mental illness experiences (to be expected really, let’s be fair) and it’s kind of obvious to say that trauma and CPTSD can change your view of the world. Trauma changes a person. I was thinking about this lately. Which parts of me are me, as in my personality, and which parts of me are CPTSD-induced? It’s hard… View Post

Am I ill or anxious?

Am I ill or anxious? Story. Of. My. Life. I recently shared a post about the physical symptoms of Complex PTSD (and anxiety) and to be honest, there are quite a lot of them. I posted a tweet recently to find out more about other people’s physical symptoms of anxiety for an IGTV video, so I could share lots of different experiences and not just my own – and the… View Post

What we can learn from life in lockdown

I did a poll on Twitter recently about how people felt they would approach life after lockdown: would they keep some of the changes they’ve implemented recently, or go back to life as we knew it? The overwhelming response was that people wanted to take some changes with them (87%). I’ve shared my own too: I’d like to continue to check in with people more often; reduce the pressure around… View Post

Tips for looking after the wellbeing of children during lockdown

Just to be clear, I’m not about to tell anyone how to parent their children. I’m not a qualified professional and everything I write about is through lived experience, research and information that I pick up along the way, and something that I think is super important is how mental illness in children is managed. I’m living proof that the right diagnosis, understanding, treatment and early intervention are vital. I… View Post

Looking after your mental health during a pandemic

Living and managing through a pandemic is just not something that I’ve ever thought about. It has literally never crossed my mind. Unfortunately for many, especially those who are immunocompromised or suffering with OCD or health anxiety, we’re in what is essentially a living nightmare. Something that you’ve thought about, considered, perhaps even planned for but that you hoped you’d never have to action – but those with chronic illnesses… View Post