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.


Anxiety and depression took over my life

July 1, 2017

I am 34 years old, and I have battled depression and anxiety for about 18/19 years. I have spent long periods in depression, and experienced periods where I have felt OK. However, in the last 12 months or so depression, anxiety and panic disorder took over my life. I struggled to focus on anything thing for any period of time, from work to going to the gym, or even just a shopping trip.

Why you shouldn’t tell someone with depression to be grateful

June 29, 2017

When we first confided in someone else about our depression, we may have heard the words, ‘But you have so much to be grateful for!’
 
It’s a common response to mental health issues; sometimes said in exasperation, sometimes a genuine attempt to help us to look on the bright side. Yet despite good intentions, it can also be profoundly unhelpful.
 

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