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Attitudes towards dissociation have left me feeling isolated and uncomfortable

Hazel, October 8, 2020

‘Mental health for all’ is a topic that I have a lot to say about, both as an individual who’s passionate about every person being aware of their own mental health, and also as someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) who resides in a body with a number of other identities/alters.

People have put labels on me and made assumptions about my experiences

Sandeep, October 8, 2020

It was in 2012 that I started to experience anorexia nervosa, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety – as well as depression and a suicide attempt in August 2014. My dad was the first to notice a change in my behaviour. It was a shock when my parents sat me down to talk to me – and it was a lot to take in.

Talking about mental health helped me overcome my own challenges

Ann, September 29, 2020

As a Time to Change Champion, I wanted to share why I do what I do and how talking about mental health has helped me overcome my own challenges. I am an (almost) 50 year old mum of two, and I have experienced anxiety and depression for most of my adult life as result of the trauma I experienced dealing with an alcoholic parent who has mental health challenges of their own.

Depression can affect anyone, there's not always a reason

Dan, September 17, 2020

My story? Well, I only realised that I had symptoms of clinical depression recently. And probably that I've had it a lot longer than I thought. I was always of the belief that depression was a result of a traumatic event, a loss, stress, unhappiness at home, being bullied, those types of things. But it turns out you can just have bad brain chemistry. My brain just doesn't produce enough serotonin.

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