Thursday, 14 March 2019

Mental Health and Me




I thought that for today’s blog post I would write something that is very personal to me and that is my relationship with mental health. In this blog post I am not just going to mention my own struggles with mental health, I thought I would do this as all of the various ways that mental health has touched my life in some kind of way. I have spoken about mental health a couple of times here on my blog because I believe it is something that should be spoken about openly and honestly. I know that some people would rather me not talk about mental health here on my blog because they always get low engagement compared to other posts, but it is something that I think needs to be spoken about.

For me, I think that mental health disorders should be considered no differently to any other ailment that a doctor can diagnose. I know that there is a much deeper understanding of mental health in this day and age, but I still think that there is a level of people not been able to understand illnesses that they cannot see. Which is why I have no qualms about being open and honest with you guys about some of the struggles that I have come up against over the years!

I feel like when it comes to my family there is a clear divide between my mothers and fathers’ side of the family. My mother’s family has been affected by cancer and physical ailments, but on my father’s side it has been more mental health issues. After growing up and seeing both sides of the physical and mental health disorders, to me there is no differentiation between how serious either of them can be. My father’s side of the family is dominated with depression, anxiety, OCD and even suicide. I have seen the very dark side of depression and I feel like I am now at a place where I want to talk about my experiences

For me personally the things that affect me on a daily basis is OCD and anxiety. I was first diagnosed with OCD when I was just 15 years old and as I got older, I found that my OCD intensified. As I then went into my early twenties, I started suffering from panic attacks. I went to the doctors and that was when I was informed that on top of my OCD I also had anxiety. The main issue with me is that I cannot process things in a normal way. I can think of the smallest and most insignificant thing and before I know it my mind has multiplied by a million and I am in full blown panic attack mode.

To me, that is as far as my OCD and anxiety gets. It scares me sometimes and I don’t know how to process things, but that is as deep as it ever gets. As far as I am aware, I have never teetered into depression even though I have had some very low points because of everything. In that respect I feel like I have been quite fortunate because for several members of my family their mental health has got much deeper and more concerning than mine ever has. Such as with my own father over the years there have been many concerning moments that have worried us, but luckily, we are not out of the other side of it which is why I can talk honestly about it here on my blog.

I am not going to get into all of the dirty laundry here on my blog, but I just wanted to share that mental health is something that affects so many people in this day and age and that is why we have to talk honestly about it. We are all going to hit stages in our live where we have a troubled time, but it is all about how we come out of the other side and repair ourselves all over again!
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16 comments

  1. Honest posts like this will help so many people xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I just wish more people cared enough to read them when I do chose to do a mental health blog post!

      Danielle xx

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  2. Mental health is so important and we must always take it serioysly! Thank you for sharing your story!x

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  3. I love reading posts like this as I suffer from mental health illnesses and am always glad to see more awareness being raised! I think mental health issues are so common in families. It's crazy how common mental health related illnesses are and I'm really relieved that it's being talked about more because it will help so many people x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

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    1. For me it is just crazy how many people bury their head and pretend like it doesn't exist!

      Danielle xx

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  4. Thank you for opening up about your mental health! Posts like these let people know that they're not alone. I'm glad that it's finally being spoken about, and I'm proud of you for talking about it!
    Khanak x
    www.khanakm.com

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    1. I just really hope that it does do some good down the line!

      Danielle xx

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  5. Loved how honest this post was xx

    https://www.flolavita.co.uk/2019/03/book-review-last-4-books-i-read.html

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  6. thank you for sharing your story. i think it's so important to talk about mental health. it can help a lot of people to know that they're not alone.

    https://www.clairetalksbeauty.com/

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    1. It can be hard, but it needs to be done!

      Danielle xx

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  7. This is such an important post and I'm sorry to hear that you suffer with OCD and anxiety but thanks for being so honest.
    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. It can be hard, but it makes me into the person that I am today!

      Danielle xx

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  8. I think it's so important to speak openly and honestly about mental health! I admire you for doing so!
    Chloe X http://chloelxuise.com

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    1. It really is, hopefully it could encourage more people to do the same!

      Danielle xx

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