Mental health in general seems to be everywhere at the moment – which is great. I have also noticed that there has been a big increase in the talk around men and boy’s mental health. Fantastic. About time.
Did you know that the biggest killer in men under 45 is suicide!?
This is absolutely shocking!
It’s funny but out of every post I have written this is one of the ones I am most nervous of posting.
I have written some painfully honest posts that a lot of people have told me are very difficult to read and have in a lot of cases have made them cry. But I continue to write. Why? Well it’s simple, because I know it is helping. It’s helping me yes but I know from the amazing messages I receive that it is helping other people out there who are struggling as well.
So that brings me to today’s post. Mental health and pregnancy.
I am pregnant.
For those of you that follow me on social media you will know how excited we are about it. Especially H who is over the moon about being a big brother!
On Saturday 1st July I held a charity event for Mind the mental health charity. It was a charity football match with Raffle, tombola, face painting and bouncy castles. I am happy to report that it was a huge success.
Borderline personality disorder is a very tough diagnosis. The name itself suggests that you have a broken personality. Usually you are misdiagnosed with Bipolar disorder or not diagnosed at all and just seen as difficult.
It’s difficult to live with BPD not only because of the awful symptoms that plague you every day but also because of the lack of understanding and stigma that exists around it. With my blog I am to dispel myths and create more of an understanding around BPD and what it is really like to live with.
Today I am asking the question – Is it ok to be an introvert?
As you probably know I am in therapy for my mental health issues. Psychotherapy. Its a group therapy and sometimes it’s very tough. Last week was particularly tough and I was hit pretty hard by a conversation that only happened in the last 20 minutes of the group.
A member was attempting to convince the psychologist that she is not lonely and that she does see people and socialise. She attends groups and sees family and friends regularly. I jokingly said “You have a better social life than me!” To which the psychologist turned her attention to me and said “So Amy, who do you see in the week?” I quickly answered “No one” but the moment those words passed my lips I felt different!
My blog is based on my life living with mental health issues. I have written individual blogs on my struggles with BPD, anorexia and anxiety but I have never really spoken much about my experience of depression.
Depression seems to be everywhere at the minute. Celebrities are confessing to their struggles on an almost daily basis. Which is great, yes. It’s raising much needed awareness but with all of this I kind of thought I didn’t need to.
My favourite quotes.
I am a great believer in doing whatever you need to do to make you happy.
Who cares if no one else likes it! Who cares if it’s deemed ‘different’! If it’s safely making you feel better then who cares about what others think! Do what you need to do.
I LOVE positive and inspirational quotes! I have for years. They are the kind of things that once I’ve read it they will instantly change my inner rhythm. If I am feeling low or down just by reading an inspirational quote can make me feel much more positive. Whats not to love!
All emotions are important.
The good the bad and the ugly.
Whether it’s joy and excitement or anger and frustration. All are important to feel and acknowledge.
I have written just last week about how me and many others are consistently being let down by the mental health system in this country but I have a much more positive post today. Mental health help and support in Buckinghamshire.
Yes I am really writing about this. The mental health service in this country is a mess!
I want to stress before you start reading this post that these are MY the views and MY experiences.
For those of you that are lucky enough to not have experienced the mess that is our mental health system you might think that we are all exaggerating about how bad it is or simply that we are wrong and I only think it’s bad because we are ill?!
But can so many people be wrong? I don’t think so.