Tag: depression

“Everyone gets depressed,” my dad would say, rolling his eyes at me and my mother when we spoke openly about our mental health. He didn’t understand depression; the closest he had gotten to mental disorder was in the long ago loving embrace of her arms, his fingers tickling the fine hairs on her pale skin. Dad never...

Lately, when I’ve been spouting excuses like “I don’t think I can make it out today”, what I really mean is “I can’t bring myself to leave my bed”. Every time I’ve told someone “I don’t know why I’m feeling so tired this morning”, what I really wanted to say was “I’ve hardly slept all week because I’m scared of being...

I‘m Laura, and I have major depression and generalised anxiety. For the past few years, my illness has defined both myself and my educational experience, to the point of having to repeat my final year of university. Below I talk about attempting to balance my mental illness with my education, how I fought (and lost)...

In February of this year, I turned 21. For my 21st birthday I asked my friends and family not buy me ’21’ pint glasses and keys, but instead just donate money to Mind the Mental Health Charity. Why? Because they were a part of the support network that kept me alive in my 20s, it seemed only fitting I tried to give them...

  With all the modern developments in the field of psychology, when it comes to mental health our media still continues to flit between two extremes: stigmatising mental illness as though it is something we should be ashamed of, and devaluing it to the point where a tear-jerker of a film can be described as...

Ten days after my surgery, my boyfriend took me to see Inside Out in the cinema. I forced myself to go, but with a gash on my throat and obvious scabbing, I wasn’t feeling up to seeing anyone. I forced myself to do things though. And it was with glib self-awareness and dry resignation that I saw Sadness lie face down...

It’s almost impossible to try and explain, to someone who doesn’t know, what it’s like to live with a mental health problem.  It’s difficult to try and articulate a mindset that deviates from the norm by so much. But I’m going to try. Because there’s so much stigma and ignorance surrounding depression and related...

It’s the beginning of November – the weather is taking a downturn for the chilly, and all university students are on the verge of their first serious bout of homesickness. We’ve all been there – after the initial ‘OH MY GOD, I CAN COME AND GO AS I PLEASE, AND IF I THINK ROCKET LOLLIES ARE A FOOD GROUP, THAT’S TOTALLY...

My boyfriend and I have got the car for the weekend and we’ve left the house for a root around the local parks and country walks. It’s innocent enough – my iPad battery cuts out partway through the journey and skews our sense of direction a little, but we’re quite happy exploring – it’s a Sunday afternoon, after...

After being accepted onto a highly competitive cabin crew scheme with Emirates Airlines, Megan Cox’s application was withdrawn because of an episode of depression in her past. Of course, any candidate applying for any job in the world needs adequate medical and criminal records checks – not least when that person is...