Mental Health

All posts under the umbrella of mental health

IBD & Mental Health

It is normal to feel sad and anxious as you live with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). While some people may have fleeting bouts of sadness or stress relating to their IBD, it’s important to see a mental health professional if your symptoms last for several weeks or more at a time. Rates of depression are higher among patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as compared to other diseases and the general population. Anxiety is also common in IBD patients. It is important to recognise the signs that you are struggling emotionally and seek help just as you would for your physical…

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Mental Health: My Anxiety

Welcome to my new blog post/s on Anxiety. This post aims to provide educational information about anxiety, as well as my own experience in diagnosis, treatment and coping with daily anxieties.  Today, I will be sharing information I have gathered, sharing my own thoughts, as well as articles I’ve found useful and my own hints and tips. This is be expanded as my mental health improves.  Mental health struggles are nothing to be ashamed about. Moving away from that mentality is hard and difficult and it is not a linear journey. It has many twists and turns, as well as ups…

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My Love for Self Care

Here comes that word “self care” again.   It seems that self care has morphed into what can sometimes be seen as being selfish, spending excesses beyond your means and overextending your limits; to create a perfect excuse for ‘treating yo’ self’ to anything and everything. And while elements of those expressions do exist, caring for yourself is something we shouldn’t have to feel overwhelmed by or think negatively about. When done right, for me and only me, I adore self care. It was easier in the years before chronic illness, to take time for myself. It was purely seen as taking a…

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Life Lately | The Revolving Door of Feelings

“It’s a shame. It’s awful being a grown up. But the carousel never stops turning. You can’t get off.” Hands up, who else feels like this?     I definitely feel this a lot of late. I thought it was just a chronic illness problem; that my life was beginning to be more and more dictated by my illness more than the other way around. With chronic illness, you feel like a juggler – always keeping things up in the air, combining all your skills to keep things going, on and on. Or like a plate spinner – keeping those…

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Oh ‘August’, Why do You Hate Me?

August, oh my. Patterns emerge when you’ve had your chronic illness for a while. There are some things you enjoy seeing the patterns towards; like when you can anticipate some symptoms or you get a click moment of clarity. But there are some patterns that do nothing but chip away at your emotions. August is that for me. Trigger, for sure. August 2011 was pretty damn crap. I had ever been felt so well in my life up to that point, and I had no idea what was going on. I didn’t know where to go, what to say, what…

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