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    A letter to my son about my mental health

    This is a letter to you my son. A letter about my mental health and our relationship.

    Dear Son,

    I have written down many things for you over the years, poems, notes, updates on your life but never a letter. I am writing to you today with a feeling of love and gratitude. Love is a term that gets thrown around a lot but my understanding of love is true and pure and simply amazing. I fell in love with you the moment I saw you. I can still see, smell and feel that moment you were put on my chest for the very first time.That gorgeous first moment. Pure perfection.

    My love for you has only grown with every moment that has passed, every milestone you’ve hit, every expression, word and cheeky comment. Watching you grow into the most beautiful, caring, kind and loving little boy that makes me burst with pride!

    Not only have I been teaching you lessons everyday but I can honestly say you have been teaching me a few.

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    What I wish people knew about living with a mental illness

    Living with any mental illness is tough. Really tough.

    You try you hardest to hide it in most cases through fear of being judged but then when you’re brave enough to tell people you are faced with blank faces and unhelpful advice or ┬ácomments. Even the most understanding of friends distance themselves or simply disappear. I am diagnosed with a few mental health issues so I might have more struggles than most but that doesn’t mean others aren’t struggling or being misunderstood every day. These are just a few of the things that I wish people knew about my diagnosis.

    What I wish people knew about living with a mental illness

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    7 Signs when your mental health takes a turn

    7 Signs when your mental health takes a turn.

    After a 4 week break from my blogging, I am back.

    I took a break for a few reasons, mainly because my mental health took a turn for the worst and I was generally feeling overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with with everything! Being a good mum, a good wife, a good daughter, a good friend, blogger and trying to arrange my charity event! I desperately wanted to stay on top of all of these things. Why can’t I? Everyone else seems to be doing it all fine. No one else struggles as much as me. What is wrong with me?

    7 Signs when your mental health takes a turn

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    Whats it really like to live with anorexia

    Whats it really like to live with anorexia?

    I was only officially diagnosed with anorexia a few years ago, however I am very aware that I have lived with it since my early teens.

    Anorexia is the most difficult to talk about out of all of the illness that I suffer with. It’s the least understood and the one that carries the most stigma. Anorexia is not simply teenage girls starving themselves to an emaciated state and it is not – as many people think – an extreme weight loss diet! Anorexia is a serious mental illness. It is a mental illness that has a huge mortality rate – the biggest amongst any mental illness.

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    Life with a mental illness is a balancing act

    I don’t know about you but I just can’t seem to get a balance. In life generally. It drives me crazy – literally! Life with a mental illness very often is a balancing act.

    I have these periods of a few weeks at a time where I really have my shit together. I’m loving life and getting things done. Really enjoying time with H, staying on top of the housework, getting work done and keeping in touch with friends and family. Generally life is pretty great!

    life with a mental illness is a balancing act

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    Borderline Personality Disorder – What I wish I was told

    Borderline Personality Disorder is a tough diagnosis. I am not saying that other mental health diagnosis aren’t but BPD in particular seems to have a huge stigma around it.

    Some of this is down to the media falsely representing it but also just plain ignorance.

    The name seems to suggest that we have a disordered, bad or broken personality. This is what I first assumed, as did many people I know who were diagnosed.

    borderline personality disorder

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