Anxiety Family is Everything

Family is Everything

Family is strange. We each have one and in almost all media and modern stories spell the moral imperative of defending our family regardless of the opponent and yet the family is complicated. Family raises us and impacts us in ways that no one else can. People compare you to your parents or siblings and …

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Anxiety Why I Visualise My Anxiety As A Civil War

Why I Visualise My Anxiety As A Civil War

Winston Churchill suffered from a form of Manic Depression. It affected him throughout his life, and he thought of it as his ‘black dog’. Churchill wrote to his wife, Clementine in 1911, discussing a German doctor who may help him and he said this: “I think this man might be useful to me – if …

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Anxiety How Do I Cope With My Anxiety & Depression?

How Do I Cope With My Anxiety & Depression?

We dramatically misunderstand mental health. Why? Because it is a war within yourself. Physical illness or injuries are for the most part caused by something external, whereas mental illness is internal. Anxiety and depression are traitors trying to push you to the edge and in the extreme circumstances, over into the void. It is a …

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Anxiety I am fundraising for CALM on World Mental Health Day

I am fundraising for CALM on World Mental Health Day

In the summer of 2009, I walked to the foot of Preston’s bus station, stared up at the edge high above me and considered stepping off that edge. I needed to escape my prison of life, trapped inside a tyrannical closet of my creation and shackled to a religion that was slowly killing me. Three …

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Anxiety The Dublin Dispatches – Day One

The Dublin Dispatches – Day One

When I wrote this first dispatch, I sat in Hard Rock Café in Dublin, waiting for my chicken and mojito. It was delicious, although the Mojito could have been stronger. It was six hours after I stepped out of my front door to begin my Dublin holiday. The trip to Manchester Airport was uneventful. My …

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Anxiety Writing Is A Gift Of The Mind

Writing Is A Gift Of The Mind

I have depression. I have anxiety. I have casual suicidal intent. All these things are true and I profess these truths through the medium of writing. First through my scratching of pen on paper followed by the tapping of keys onto the screen. Just as I have done many times before. I have been writing …

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Anxiety You Have Only Have One Life: Do Not Live With Regrets

You Have Only Have One Life: Do Not Live With Regrets

Terrorism puts life in perspective. In June, I will hit a quarter century and I still live in my home city of Preston in my parent’s house in my same bedroom. I lived away for three years at university in Liverpool. But when those three years were up, I moved back to Preston to do …

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Anxiety Let’s Talk Suicide – Meet The Biggest Killer Of Young Men

Let’s Talk Suicide – Meet The Biggest Killer Of Young Men

This past week was Mental Health Awareness Week, where we try and highlight the threat mental health issues pose to each and every one of us. It affects the majority of us at one point in our lives at least. These issues are reportedly more common with women than with men, possibly because women are …

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Anxiety Feeling Tired All The Time

Feeling Tired All The Time

Over the past year or so, I have continually felt more and more tired. I don’t mean with respect to actual tiredness with regards to sleep. No, I get 6-8 hours a night so I am fine in that respect. No, I just feel tired with so much of modern life. Societal pressures. Relationship/personal so-called …

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Anxiety When To Ignore Anxiety And Self-Doubt

When To Ignore Anxiety And Self-Doubt

The other day I wrote about how the World owes you nothing. That only you can change your life. No one else can do it for you and nothing should get in your way. Except when you suffer from depression and anxiety, there is something standing in your way: Yourself. It is literally a fight …

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