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It's #WorldMentalHealthDay2019 & I want to say that mental health issues can be big or small, they can happen any time. So here's a THREAD about something that happened to me this year. You know I'm gallus af, right? I don't really feel shame - I mean, as an emotion, BUT .../1
I had been on the road a few days doing events & I'd been booked for this festival. So I turned up & it was *cool* - like it was full of folk with tattooes & everyone was super talented. Disarmingly goodlooking people were left and right. So I did something I don't normally do .2
I got nervous. To the point I considered just jumping in the car & driving straight home without telling anyone.I was going on in about an hour. Then I spotted this tent which was called the 'Mental Health tent'. I loitered for a bit. Then plucked up the courage to go over but /1
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Starting today, I will be sharing pages from my personal battle against anxiety. #Anxiety is a beautiful yet exhausting journey. This is my humble attempt to shatter the #stigma and create #mentalhealthawareness.
#mentalhealthmatters ♥️
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Hi Twitter Fam 👋 I'd like to thank all of you for not abandoning me. I know I haven't tweeted much lately. I'm currently experiencing a relapse in my mental health issues. I'll be contacting my doctor next week. Which leads me to the topic of #SinglePayer / #MedicareForAll
I currently see a psychiatrist about once every 3 months about medication. My insurance doesn't cover him, so that's $100 out of pocket every visit. He and I both agree I should be in therapy. Unfortunately, even if my insurance covers it, the co-pay is $40 a visit.
For those of you familiar with how most therapy works, when you start, you may need to see the therapist 3-4 times a week. That's $40 each visit, out of pocket. So let's say it's only 3x a week. That's $480 a month. I can't afford that. So, the only way I have to manage my
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1. Yesterday was #SuicidePreventionDay. At the start of the day, I didn't know the risk of #suicide among female #healthcare professionals is 2⃣4⃣% higher than
the national average🇬🇧 […]. It's a scary thought.
2. After returning to #medschool and learning of the death of one of our fellow #MedStudents, this #suicide statistic really hits home.

For me #SuicidePreventionDay was a day to reflect on these potentially preventable losses; losses affecting my own family & many others... ⚰️💔
3. Most of us know #MentalHealthMatters, but raising #MentalHealthAwareness isn't always enough. We must all do more to speak up, speak out and check in with others before it's too late for another life...⌛️

👉Suicide is scary, but saving a life is simple: #AskTellSaveALife 🎗️
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Much love and gratitude to all those who have been participating in these discussions. What started off as a thread in one direction, lead to some@beautiful dialogue that dove beneath the surface. #MentalHealthAwareness #PLN
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Depressed people don't need religious sermons. They are alternating between reality and fantasy. They need something concrete. Something to hold on to. Not hope in the ways we peddle it

They don't need "It is well" "Just believe" "God will do it" etc.

They don't need "Be grateful, your mates are dead/sick/in prison..."

Trust me, they are not concerned about others at that point. They just want to find meaning and peace with themselves
Sometimes, all they need is a listening ear. Just listen, nod, hmmn, Aha, exactly.
Then at certain intervals, ask them open questions. Eg "why do you think...." "Will that...." "Is that so..."
"So what do want to do..."

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Confessions of a bipolar professor (1/5): #hypomania sounds like it is a wonderful thing - increased energy fueling creativity and good times! What's not to like? But for me, I'm in the midst of dysmorphic hypomania. And it just plain sucks.

#bipolar #highered #AcademicTwitter
(2/5) my brain, which has been rigorously trained for decades, suddenly believes that 1 + 1 = blue. I know I am not thinking rationally, but my head is also telling me to do all sorts of crazy things!

#bipolar #hypomania #AcademicTwitter
(3/5) brain: let's destroy relationships! Let's yell at everybody and go down in the flames of angry glory! Let's run away and purchase a house in Spain! Let's be the worst version of ourself!

Rational brain: wait a second....

#bipolar #hypomania #AcademicTwitter
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True story about exam anxiety: 10+ years ago I was a teaching assistant ("tutor") for undergrad physics lectures, responsible for a group of about 12 or so, 2 of which women (for what I recall now). 1/
Exam time nears. This one is an important qualification test, deciding about whether the students will be admitted to advanced classes and can write their master’s thesis. 2/
One of the women in the class is an A+ student. I am perfectly sure she’ll ace her exam. But she has bad exam anxiety, the totally destructive “will faint” type. I do my best to reassure her, but don’t really know how to help her. 3/
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Sad news about the suicide that occured.
#MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #wakeupnigeria
We cannot stress enough the importance of our mental health & the almost zero effort by the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders such as govt & civil agencies to raise awareness about this crippling disease, provide treatment & counselling and curb stigma surrounding it.
We cannot stress enough the importance of our mental health & the almost zero effort by the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders such as govt & civil agencies to raise awareness about this crippling disease, provide treatment & counselling and curb stigma surrounding it.
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We are glad you're feeling better now and you were able to seek and find help to get you there. Again thank you for opening up about such a sensitive topic and doing so in a relatable way that can be easily understood. #ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayMotivation #MentalHealthMatters
Mental health issues is no respecter of persons regardless of who or what we are and millions of Nigerians suffer this harsh reality every single day. Lack of knowledge, information and resources make it a million times worse. #ThursdayThoughts #MentalHealthMatters #WakeUpNigeria
And being a deeply religious nation is a contributing factor for people running from pillar to post, from one church or pastor to one baba or spiritualist, seeking for help against one village person or demon somewhere. #ThursdayThoughts #MentalHealthMatters
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This is the face of #depression.
Today I'm going public in the hope that will help me to fight back.
No one can guess from that picture that I cried for hours that day and had dark thoughts.
It never stops.
#mentalhealth matters, even if not visible.
#MentalHealthAwareness 1/
No one can guess that I had to have medical leave and I am still followed by psychotherapists.
It's invisible, and I am good at hiding it until it becomes too hard. But don't be fooled by fake smiles.
Dig deeper. Listen. Be prepared to listen uncomfortable emotional stuff. 2/
It's been a year now, I begged for help and I realised now that it's hopeless and easier to discard victims than deal with #workplace #bullying. 3/
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Depression is more than just feeling down.

It's a lack of motivation, increased negative emotions (anger, anxiety), a lack of concentration and memory, negative thoughts about oneself and the world (hopelessness, worthlessness), social anxiety, feeling trapped, dark imagery.
Fun not-so-fun facts about #depression:

Over 100 mil of us suffer from it.

It's existed as long as there have been human records.

Was first named as a condition 2400 years ago, by Hippocrates (in the West).

Non-human mammals can be depressed.

#mentalhealth #mentalillness
We often think of #depression as sadness, but the "two A's of depression" are very real: anger and #anxiety.

Other negative feelings that can increase are sadness, guilt, shame, envy, and jealousy.

#mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness
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Imagine you are having a STEMI - a thread in 5 parts...

You call an ambulance, but the police arrive. They handcuff you and bundle you into the back of their van.

You are carted off to an emergency department, where the doctors only have a vague understanding of your disease.
They are unable to prescribe any treatment other than painkillers, and nothing to treat your MI

You are then left in a cubicle without a trolley to lie on for 4 hours until a specialist nurse comes to see you.
They understand your condition, and diagnose it well, but don’t explain to you what is happening.

You wait in the cubicle for another 18hrs for a bed. If you are lucky you might get some food and drink, and if you’re really lucky a trolley.
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We need to talk about mental illness within the asian/muslim community because the stigma attached to it is massive. Parents are more likely to push the narrative that their child is possessed than admit that they need help with their mental health.
And this is seriously toxic, it's not something that can carry on because we will lose a whole generation of young people. In my experience the greater stigma is attached to mental illness within the older generations.
When word goes round that someone is suffering from mental illness then that person goes through what is effectively a social boycott. People stop associating with them and start distancing themselves.
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Medicine vs. The Machine (thread)

For doctors, nurses, and other healers these are distressing times. The epidemic of depression, suicide, anxiety and burnout that consumes our profession is at least less hidden than ever before. I don't know anyone who is spared.
Let me share a mental model that has provided comfort to me. Perhaps it might resonate with you too. You see, I believe that we exist in two worlds: the world of Medicine, and the world of The Machine.
Medicine is why we are here, why we have worked, sweated, and suffered. Medicine is the calling, and it is an ancient good. There are good days and bad days in Medicine. The days when you save a life, comfort the suffering, support a colleague, make a deductive leap...
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It’s mental health awareness week-and as 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental illness I’d like to share with you my story.I have nothing to hide and no qualms about delving into my very candid story about my mental health. Trigger warning: suicide idealisation and a long read..
began feeling ‘strange’ around August time 2017. I can’t put my finger on what triggered it or what led me to decline so quickly but I just didn’t feel ‘right’.It all came to a head at Christmas time when I drove home on the motorway drunk after a fall out during a night out
I didn’t fear for my life, I already had it in my head that I was ok if I didn’t survive. Things got worse after that. I made it into work the first day back after Christmas and honestly didn’t know how I hadn’t crashed my car because that’s all I was thinking about doing
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1) I'm back. You may have noticed I've been suspiciously absent lately. Only a tweet here and there the last week.

I debated about explaining my relative absence, then reminded myself I'd always reveal when anything came up to help smash the stigma.

2) Let me remind you I'm Bipolar type 2. Hypomanic. I'm very well managed on my meds, and having been a Nurse for so many years, I'm a fanatic about taking my meds, I never miss a dose unless it's beyond my control.

3) Many bipolars are noncompliant with meds bc they like the feeling of their mania. They feel energized, in control of the world, able to accomplish anything. People often don't sleep much during a manic phase, feel focused even though they're scattered.

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Borderline Personality Disorder aka Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder is one of the most misunderstood, stigmatised & complex mental health diagnoses (Thread) #BPD #EUPD
One could write pages relating to the condition BPD and a layman’s understanding would still be incomplete. For this reason I am going to try and keep it short, simple and concise as I can and explain to you what BPD is to me.
BPD is intense feelings of loneliness & an inability to sit with myself without resorting to poor coping behaviours #BPD #EUPD #MentalHealthAwareness
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Every day next few days I'll share one #depression/#anxiety insight from my own experience. If it helps anyone a wee bit, it'll be worth it.
1. "#Happiness" can scare #anxiety patients. In our heads, things are always going wrong. Fear of a "happy" moment undone is doubly painful.
Sorry, this won't be a daily affair as I had earlier imagined. But here's insight #2 based on my brush with #depression/#anxiety.
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