February 5, 2015

 I'm Gabby and I have experienced depression, social anxiety, and body dysmorphic disorder. Gabby's blog

It's affected me in several ways: I ended up leaving a job I enjoyed as it had got to the point that even getting out of bed and getting dressed seemed like a pointless struggle, and it's also affected some of my friendships, as I have become more withdrawn and less up for going out: sometimes I'm hard to get hold of as I get pointlessly anxious about replying to messages and answering calls.

My greatest sources of support have been my family and friends (some of whom might read this so thanks, guys!) and also 'strangers' on various online support forums.

My hope for the future is that I will learn to be comfortable with myself, maybe even to like myself.

I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because mental health issues are SO important and yet SO overlooked - I believe that more open, honest communication will help to break down the stigma and lead to a climate of acceptance: it really is Time To Change 

This blog is part of the Time to Talk Day 2015 #Take5ToBlog initiative. 

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