Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

The Embarrassing Symptoms of Anxiety…

Many people are aware of the symptoms of anxiety, but some can cause more embarrassment and worry, trapping sufferers in a cycle of fear. Mental illness affects people in a variety of ways, and many symptoms can manifest physically. These include:- - Shortness of breath - Feeling nauseous - Increased heartrate - Palpitations - Shaking… Continue reading The Embarrassing Symptoms of Anxiety…

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

What I’ve learnt from my Mental Health relapses…

I've been well now for nearly 3 years. Recovery is individual to everyone but one thing we all know is it isn't an easy, straight road. Here I share what I've learnt from my own difficult moments and relapses. I've had two main 'relapses' when it came to my postnatal mental health. The first was… Continue reading What I’ve learnt from my Mental Health relapses…

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Walking Life’s Tightrope…

Life is full of ups and downs, one minute we can be feeling steady, and the next we can be blindsided by events that leave us hanging on. What's important to remember is that this is the same for everyone, whether struggling with a mental illness or not. When we have managed to get to… Continue reading Walking Life’s Tightrope…

Anxiety & Panic, Inspiring Mums Monday & Guest Posts, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

“I Developed Depression After Supporting My Wife Through PND” Guest Blog

This is a guest blog written by my husband, John, in aid of Mental Health Awareness Week. After supporting me through my maternal mental illness he went on to develop depression, here for the first time publicly he shares his experience .... Supporting a partner that is suffering from a mental illness is hard, I'm… Continue reading “I Developed Depression After Supporting My Wife Through PND” Guest Blog

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Thriving or Surviving?

5 years ago I was hanging on, living each day one dreaded day at a time. Everything felt too much, I was overwhelmed by responsibility, feeling completely empty of any positive emotion and anxious each second of the day. I was surviving, just. During 2011 I was a newlywed, pregnant with our first child, we… Continue reading Thriving or Surviving?

Anxiety & Panic, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Maternal OCD – My Worst Nightmares

**Trigger Warning - contains talk of intrusive, disturbing thoughts** OCD affected me in my late teens, with therapy I got it under control but after having my baby, I was struck with PND & anxiety and they brought along Maternal OCD for the ride too. I was surprised to see I hadn't written much about… Continue reading Maternal OCD – My Worst Nightmares

Anxiety & Panic, Our Support Groups, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Opening up to friends about PND & their thoughts

One thing I know for sure is I wouldn't have stayed well, or made it through my tough times without my friends. I know I'm my heart that they would support me no matter what, and I would do the same for them, yet I still hid my postnatal depression, anxiety and even my thoughts… Continue reading Opening up to friends about PND & their thoughts

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Inspiring Mums Monday & Guest Posts, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Maternal Mental Health Matters May 2017

Monday 1st May marks the start of the first ever Maternal Mental Health Week run by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership Over the coming week we will be sharing details about the various services available in Essex and how you can access them, some guest blog posts and information regarding maternal mental health. Please feel… Continue reading Maternal Mental Health Matters May 2017

Anxiety & Panic, Everyday Parenting, Postnatal Depression, Uncategorized

Losing The Unexpected

Sometimes in life we are surprised by an unexpected gift, and sometimes it can be cruelly snatched away. Occasionally though, these moments can also bring us clarity... *Trigger Warning - contains talk of miscarriage, please only read if you feel able* I've never been a great writer. I love reading but I don't have the… Continue reading Losing The Unexpected

Anxiety & Panic, Our Support Groups, Postnatal Depression, Raising Awareness, Uncategorized

Recovery – its individual

Recovery means different things to different people. For some it means no longer needing medication, for others, including myself it means being able to do the things your illness prevented you doing before and some people don't believe in the word recovery. These are all valid points, but something I believe is recovery is different… Continue reading Recovery – its individual