Depression: personal blogs and stories

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of depression. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.


The 1 in 4 people that experience mental health problems aren’t faking it

I am all about authenticity. I can't stand hypocrisy. Yet I feel quite hypocritical when it comes to one topic: mental health. I'm always retweeting tweets about ending stigma, but I still stigmatise myself. This is probably just because of what I learnt and observed as I grew up, but now I'm aware that there is no reason to continue to stigmatise myself for something that is not my fault. That's something that I am still trying to accept.

Why it's important to share your good days and your bad days

My depression and anxiety started after I experienced a lot of stress in a job that really wasn't for me. I'm young, yet I started to tell myself I would never amount to anything - on top of that I was working constantly, and never had any time to do anything but that. One day I was getting ready to go to work and I had very sudden panic attack: this turned out to be just the beginning of a very long journey.

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