Trying to stay sane during insane times.

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We all know about social distancing and self isolation now; hearing about it is essentially unavoidable.

A lot of people are now working from home and choosing to be at home whenever possible; whilst for some governments have forced this.

Whether it’s increased anxiety, isolation, fatigue or depression; people’s mental health could suffer during this time.

I saw a meme the other day that made me laugh but also feel sad because it essentially describes my life.

Self-isolating is something I have done for many years now because of my mental health. Okay, usually I’d open the door to the postman rather than ask them to leave it at the gate but apart from small areas such as that self-isolation is nothing new to me. …

What really happens in Electroconvulsive Therapy?

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always said that ECT would not be a treatment I’d be willing to go through, no matter how deep the depression was.

So why have I now had 12 sessions of this therapy?

Last year I was admitted against my will, under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act, to a psychiatric ward following a serious overdose. I was extremely lucky to survive, though at that time I certainly didn’t feel lucky. I was still immensely suicidal and a huge danger to myself. …

Learning and growing through adversity

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There is no doubt about it in my mind; mental illness can really suck. Having struggled with numerous illnesses and episodes over the years I can safely say that I’d happily choose to be free of struggles with my mental health.

Sadly though, it’s not possible to just decide not to struggle with your mental health. Ignoring it doesn’t make it disappear, trust me I’ve tried.

I’m in no way ashamed of my mental health struggles or the diagnosis I have, nor do I think anyone should ever be made to feel any shame. I’m simply saying that if I could choose not to have crippling depression and anxiety that have resulted in me being hospitalised and nearly losing my life; then I would. …

When the depression lifts; who is left? A personal narrative.

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There are some things in life that can leave a person imprisoned in their own mind — depression is one of them.

Trigger Warning: This post contains references of suicide

Since the beginning of 2018, depression has had its gnarly grip on me and refused to let go. The depression was so bad and persistent that I made a serious attempt on my life and soon after was sectioned and admitted to a psychiatric ward.

I’m going to write a post on my experiences of being sectioned and being an inpatient in a psychiatric hospital, as well as receiving ECT at a later date.

Depression is more than the head in hand pictures media depict

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I have read numerous blogs about depression, each written in their own style and explaining things in their own way. I am going to do that too as I wholeheartedly believe sharing personal experiences can go a long way in raising awareness and helping people feel less alone. I know I have found reading others’ journeys with depression helpful in the past.

Depression sucks right? So knowing you’re not alone can be comforting.

I have decided to describe my feelings as the “faces” I feel in the midst of a depressive episode. Many of these faces can occur at the same time, but I will tackle them individually in no particular order. …


Joy Harrod

Blogging about Mental Health whilst drinking copious amounts of coffee with oat milk.

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