Be wary – a cautionary tale about faddy diets

Firstly I wanted to say thank you to every single person who read, reacted to, shared and responded to my article the other day about how my depression is pretty shit at the moment and my raw shit about binge eating – it was so well received and the love and support is overwhelming.  I wish I could put every single one of you in my pocket and carry you around with me. Continue reading “Be wary – a cautionary tale about faddy diets”

Is it only in my head? When mental health gets physical

It’s generally believed that mental illness is just that – in your head.

But sometimes the stresses in your head get so great that mental illness starts affecting you slightly more and showing physically. Continue reading “Is it only in my head? When mental health gets physical”

I’m a mess, to be honest – A Big D Update

Wednesday 17th May 2017

I wrote last week about how depression is like a nasty friend that won’t leave you alone, called Big D.

I’ve tried to be as open and honest about my depression and how I’m feeling and of late I’ve not really written about it for a few reasons.

I’ve been having major wobbles about the direction my blog is going; and whether or not to keep the mental health part and just focus on parenting and lifestyle.  Or whether to just quit for good, to be honest. Continue reading “I’m a mess, to be honest – A Big D Update”

Beating Big D: Online Therapy

In my local area there is an organisation called Ieso Digital Health which is a self referral service for online and telephone counselling and therapy.

I have tried it in the past and found because I was feeling better or off my nut on anti-depressants it didn’t really work for me, and I’ve kind of just gone it alone.

I met with my GP last week and she suggested I try again, as it may really help if I approach with the thought of it just being a chat with someone and not expecting a cure. Continue reading “Beating Big D: Online Therapy”

Stress… you son of a bitch

I am mega fucking stressed at the moment.  I am moaning continuously about constant headaches which I’ve tried to pin on dehydration and lack of sugar but there’s no denying I am in a constant flap and my teeth are so clenched they are nigh-on surgically fused together.

I had a routine appointment with my GP today to discuss the usual things and was expecting a fat-bashing and ‘have you tried Slimming World?’ conversation.

Damn, how wrong was I.

My blood pressure is high and I had a bit of a talking to about minimising stress and not getting so stressed out it triggers a fibro-flare and depressive episode.  I’m off anti depressants and I really want to try and avoid them if I can.

Life is stressful and I thought I was coping okay to be honest.  When I really thought about it I am in a near constant flap about money.  At work I am getting so worked up my chest goes tight and at home my teeth are clenched all the time.

Yet again I was offered pills which she reassured me were not anti depressants but would help ease the tension; I’ve agreed but I’m not sure.

I’m trying so hard to stay off medication and in order to do so I need to try and sort my shit out.

This is the part where I should write some tips but I’ve not worked that bit out yet. 

Sleep, good eating, exercise… what else can I do?

You are strong, you are amazing …from a mum who’s been there

This week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week and as something I feel really passionate about, I wanted to share my story.

I was diagnosed with Pre-Natal Depression at 16 weeks pregnant.  I didn’t even know it was a thing, to be honest.

I wanted to hide away, I was so scared.  What if my baby died?  What if I ate the wrong thing and killed my unborn child?  It was too much responsibility; I just wanted my baby to be okay. Continue reading “You are strong, you are amazing …from a mum who’s been there”