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.

Keeping post natal depression a secret

Fran, a Time to Change bloggerAfter 10 years of yearning, investigations into places where, quite frankly, no one should have to go, and finally resignation, our much longed for baby surprised us in April 2008. At the age of 42 a new baby is never going to be a breeze physically speaking but then when is it ever? Thousands of women do it every day. I’ll cope!!

My heart condition needed treatment to improve - so did my depression

Glen a Time to Change bloggerPeople often told me how I always seemed to have such a positive attitude even in the face of adversity. But this persona was a facade masking my true feelings and hiding the truth not just from others but myself as well. In a way I liken it to the image of a swan - calm and peaceful on the surface but underneath frantically paddling away trying to stay afloat.

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.