Mental Health Awareness Week

Each year, for one week in May, the Mental Health Foundationย have a mental health awareness week campaigning on a different theme each year.

This year’s theme is anxiety and hopefully you’ll be seeing this banner a lot…

are-you-anxiety-aware-website-banner mentalhealth.org.uk mhaw

Are you anxiety aware?

I’ve written before about my ups and downs with clinical depression, but, it’s currently anxiety issues that mean my doctor is still prescribing anti-depressants.

Thanks to the still unconfirmed diagnosis of my migraine/vertigo symptoms and because at times those symptoms are still ending up with me falling over…I imagine to other people when it happens I either look like a drunk or a toddler taking her first steps trying to maintain balance and stay upright! it’s probably thanks to the Prozac that I can even end that sentence with a ‘!’ and find it mildly amusing, but, it also means I’m a little scared to make plans for the future, book concert tickets, arrange days out etc. It’s turned what started as a little pain in my ear (Labyrinthitis June 2012) into a huge pain in the bum quite frankly.

It means that while I was having a break from the clinical depression that used to often keep me pretty-much housebound (some months I only left the house to go to work and walk Stella; I didn’t want to but I had to) new anxieties have taken over and, because it’s obviously a different part of my brain that’s broken this time, it affects me more because I’m aware of it.

Before, I didn’t care if I went out, didn’t want to see anybody or speak to anybody, would’ve been happy (ironic choice of word I know!) to have never been born…now it’s frustrating…I want to go to concerts, I want to make friends and have a life outside home and work, I want to make the most of hobbies…most of all, because my online communities have been so supportive and comforting, and, in many ways my social life, I want to go to blogger events and things! I’d still be the shy quiet one, but, I’d be there!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…with one in four have us battling some kind of mental health issue or another, if it’s not you it must be someone you know. Be kind. Don’t mollycoddle but make the person aware that you’re there for them.

If like me, one of their anxieties is a telephone phobia, just write them a note or send a text. If I’m having a bad day with my vertigo symptoms and having a banging headache and tinnitus the last thing I’m capable of is holding a conversation. I know it’s terribly boring and frustrating when the person has been ill forย ages,ย but, trust me, if we could switch it off we would!

I may have one black dog by choice but I’d love to be permanently rid of the other one ๐Ÿ™‚

(If you’re a one in four, please accept kindness from others, don’t be too proud. There’s lots of online support if you’re not great with people…if you search #MHAW on Twitter you’ll hopefully find lots of ways to know you’re not alone…you don’t even need to interact but you’ll realise that people care xox)

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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your post. I understand how physical symptoms can make anxiety worse, and how both anxieyt and physical symptoms can limit things you do want to do.

  2. That Churchill was great for his analogies as well as his inspirational quotes wasn’t he.

    I’m so glad you’ve found ways to deal with your mental and physical complaints. It is so important I think to be self aware, as you seem to be, and try to work around the problems rather than just ignoring them.

    Here’s to black dog days being a thing of the past
    Vicky x

    1. Thank you Vicky; I’ve learnt I have to be aware or that naughty black dog creeps up on me and outstays its welcome! Thanks too for co-hosting this important linky ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Great post raising awareness of Mental Health Awareness Week. I am one in four and find it fantastic to see so many people sharing their stories, raising awareness and hopefully breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental health. I hope things improve for you x

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