I write about mental health, from my own perspective and more generally.
My journey is very personal but other people have chosen to take it very personally too and because there are people who would use what I write in a negative way, I feel the need for a layer of protection and for the time being I have chosen to make some of the mental health content of this blog private. Should you wish to read those posts please feel free to contact me here and we can chat.
One day there will be less stigma around the sharing of the mental health journey so many struggle with. We can but hope.
Dear people in my phone. I just wanted to say thank you. You are in my phone. We communicate via WhatsApp, or Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. We possibly don’t know each other in “real life” or we don’t see each other often, but we communicate on our phones. You don’t know how much your support… Continue reading
I will not apologize for my mental health issues. My name is Karen. I am a wife, a mother, I work part-time. I knit, I like to cook. I like to eat. I like to read. I like to watch police documentaries, when I can’t sleep. I have a family and friends who love me…. Continue reading
Other people’s happiness and comfort is not my priority. When I say that I don’t mean I don’t care. I am not saying I don’t want people to be comfortable and happy. What I mean is that I am not going to lie, pretend, fake it, put on a mask, pretend the bad bits aren’t… Continue reading
Something I have learned in my journey to dealing with my own mental health and getting myself into a more fixed better place is that not everyone wants you to be in that better place. Not everyone has grace for you to change your life. People don’t cope very well when someone makes changes… Continue reading
My name is Karen, or at least I think it is. You see, I suffer from short term memory issues. It’s a problem I have had for a couple of years. I suffer from short term memory loss beyond the usual joking about “baby brain” or “mummy brain”. You see, I am chronically sleep deprived…. Continue reading
It’s World Mental Health Day and there are going to be lots of people sharing about mental health, campaigning for better care, support, understanding, and about what it’s like to live with a mental health diagnosis and the struggles people face, and how people live life with mental health issues. I am not going to… Continue reading
I had a conversation with someone the other day, about my mental health. We were chatting about anxiety and how it affects people. They commented to me “well, now you are better, you don’t need to say you HAVE anxiety”, they didn’t mean any harm or offense by this, or to be critical, they were… Continue reading
Anxiety is a difficult mental struggle that can not only feel shameful, but that can also be extremely handicapping. Thankfully, modern society is trying to ease the stigma of anxiety and mental health. It is now accepted for people to discuss their issues openly. More importantly, it has become obvious too that a lot of… Continue reading
Echolalia and repetitive noises are common in a child with certain sensory issues. They find them comforting/stimulating or calming depending on what they are responding to. They are, however incredibly annoying and frustrating for people around the child with sensory issues because they are incessant, repetitive, loud and not always appropriate. Parenting is hard at… Continue reading
If you read our blog, or follow us on social media, you will know that I have talked about my mental health, and struggling with anxiety. I am not shy about it, and I think it is very important to talk about anxiety and the struggles and problems it can cause. Many people struggle, either… Continue reading