There’s nothing like starting a blog post with a bit of Faithless… But it’s true, I can’t sleep. I can’t seem to find my mind’s “off” switch. A disruption in sleep ordinarily coincides with a disruption of my mind. It’s the first clue that something’s up. That I need to re-adjust. Something’s not working. I’m […]

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The headlines today are diabolical. They make my heart sink. It is being reported that the Germanwings co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had a history of depression. But I think we’re missing the point. In fact, we’re entirely missing the point. Depression does not define a person. People are not the be-all and end-all of their illness. […]

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At times, my head has felt like a pressure cooker. The thoughts racing around, growing in stature and intensity. They’ve kept me awake through the night and kept me from leaving the house. They overwhelm, scare and destroy. They make no sense. They disorientate me. I tried writing them down before bed or if I […]

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As I picked up Dame Kelly Holme’s autobiography, sometime in 2010, I expected to read about her rise to the top of her game and learn about the lady who I’d seen cross the finish line to bring home gold, not once, but twice. [Image courtesy of https://www.pinterest.com/pin/264656915572990081/] I didn’t expect the monumental shift in mindset which […]

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What Does Depression Look Like? Depression can look like pure unadulterated joy. It can look like a chatty office worker. The waiter who provides exemplary customer service. A comedian who is causing a riot on stage. That polite gent who wished you good morning with a smile on his face. The strong firefighter who saves […]

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I wanted to try and put into words how depression feels for me. It is difficult explaining something which can be so changeable, one day to the next, but I’ve had a good go at it. *Takes a deep breath* Depression is classed as a mental illness but for me, it also manifests itself in […]

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As a child and as a teenager, I loved Christmas. I’d be so excited – from the obligatory advent calendar to getting up as early as our Mum would allow on Christmas Day. Once I hit my twenties and was devoured by depression, Christmas lost it’s magic. It felt like a lot of effort and […]

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Christmas is like a Brussel sprout whether you love it or it makes you pout you only have to stomach it once a year though it might make you immobile with fear Just stick a fork in it and swallow it whole Santa’s watching you from the North Pole so give him a wave, a […]

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[Image found on Pinterest] Depression ate me up and spat me out. Several times. It changed me beyond recognition. I look back at the girl I was before depression took it’s grip and I barely recognise myself. When I started to feel well, I had no idea who I was anymore. I didn’t know what […]

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By: Rachael Matthews (@Rachieriots) I feel exhausted, all the time. Even in my dreams. Everyday is a battle to stay alive and at the end of the day, I can’t even muster up the strength to feel happy that I won another day. Depression takes all of you. It’s like waves, lapping at the sea […]

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