The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of anxiety. 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.

Talking helps but being listened to helps even more

Heather | Time to Change bloggerWhen I started my mental health nurse training I didn't expect to be in need of services myself; although I had experienced the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder for a while I had never recognised it as that. I had always played down the domestic violence I experienced so playing down my mental health issues just followed on.

Talking about health anxiety: "You're such a hypochondriac... that's all"

Martin: Time to Change bloggerThese are the words which you worry you’ll come across time after time when you are diagnosed with what is now clinically referred to as ‘Health Anxiety’. Of course everyone becomes concerned with their health at certain points in their life but, for me, health anxiety became debilitating when it combined with the onset of depression at the beginning of last year.

‘False Memory’ by Dean Koontz, mental health and World Book Day.

Dean Koontz: False Memory | www.deankoontz.comWhen asked to write about a book, author or character that has given me an insight into my own mental health I realised that there were actually two ‘sets’ of books I read that give me awareness of my  mental health issues; classics such as Great Expectations, Pride and Prejudice and Vanity Fair and psychological thriller/suspense fiction by authors like Steven Ki