Mental health has reached a point now where it is getting recognised, understood and accepted which is bloody brilliant but there is still an issue regarding listening, it's a skill that we aren’t ever really taught how to use. I’m more of a listener than a talker, I’d rather let someone chat about whatever they … Continue reading Finding My Listener
I’ve always enjoyed writing, even in school I enjoyed my English classes, I wasn’t the best at it, but it was something I secretly enjoyed. Once I left school I didn’t really do any writing. I wrote assignments for college but that was more of a chore than anything else and I used to always … Continue reading Writing Therapy
Narrative Exposure Therapy
When my counsellor and me were working through my PTSD I had some homework that I needed to complete which was to write a script of the trauma from when it started through to when it ended and then mark my anxiety level (on a scale from 1-100) as I was reading it through. This … Continue reading Narrative Exposure Therapy
Positive Imagery – Self-Compassion Part 2
The task of writing down your evidence for and against your critical beliefs is a good starting point for self-compassion but it isn’t the easiest task to complete as you have to face your critics (meaning you) head on which can be daunting and needless to say, pretty fucking difficult. However, using imagery is a … Continue reading Positive Imagery – Self-Compassion Part 2
Self compassion was something I learnt whilst going through my cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). To have compassion for someone is to be sympathetic towards them, for however they are feeling or whatever they have been through. Now, those that know me will know that I hate, hate receiving sympathy. I always have done. I don’t … Continue reading Self-Compassion
What Is Depression?
One in four people suffer from depression. Globally, roughly 264 million (give or take a few) people suffer from depression. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses and it is the leading cause of suicide. It is a word we hear almost daily (as it can be used in many contexts) but we … Continue reading What Is Depression?
What Is PTSD?
Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD for short, is a mental illness that results in the improper processing and storage of traumatic events. PTSD develops because the trauma experience was so distressing that we want to avoid any reminder of it (ironic really), our brains don't process the experience into a memory, so the experience … Continue reading What Is PTSD?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT for short is a type of psychotherapy that helps you change negative thought patterns and/or behaviours, it has been proven effective in helping treat a wide range of mental and emotional health issues. CBT helps you challenge any negative thoughts or behaviours and practise self-help techniques which are designed to … Continue reading Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Find Strength In Your Depression
Depression is the dark horse of mental illnesses. It’s the one that creeps up on us and wins almost every time. It’s the one that makes us feel worthless, pointless and empty. Depression makes you feel weak but when actually, depression can make you a stronger person. My battle with depression was a rocky one. … Continue reading Find Strength In Your Depression
Understand Your Anxiety
Being anxious is a normal and pretty healthy human emotion. It all goes back to when humans first started out. Back in the day we had to be alert for potential dangers such as predators and any other incoming dangers. If a predator was to approach us we would get a rush of adrenaline to … Continue reading Understand Your Anxiety