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For once I'm going to write about something other than Brexit. For #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek I would like to share my personal mental health story. 1/18
In 2006 I woke up one day and couldn't move my head. I assumed that my stiff neck would pass after a day or 2. But 6 months later, after trying all the other options, I was referred to a psychologist. 2/18
I was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and depression. With hindsight (more about that later) I now think I didn't have depression at all. 3/18
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It's a cliché, but "be kind to yourself" remains one of the best pieces of advice. It's been transformative for me.

With that in mind, I just want to expand a little on the much-misunderstood topic of 'self-care'.

For many of us, who have to monitor our mental health closely, it's not optional or a 'nice-to-have'. It's the difference between getting ill and staying well.
What self-care looks like varies from person to person, and it doesn't have to cost anything. For me it's the following:

- A warm bath
- A walk in the park
- Exercise
- A long sleep
- A good book
- Meditation & mindfulness
- Seeing friends and familly
- Taking time to enjoy food
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It's hump day in #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and I haven't talked about my issues yet. Time to change that, I think...
I have a chronically misunderstood condition called Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) depending on where you live.
Reading the wikipedia page, you could very well think us BPD sufferers are awful people. We're not, but our condition really can make us suffer quite intensely sometimes
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tw: suicide

A lot of mentally well people seem to be under the impression that #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is about sharing hotline numbers and flooding time lines with horrendous suicide statistics and no trigger warnings.

Fun fact - mentally ill people are ALREADY AWARE.
In many respects, awareness of mental illness in general has never been higher here in the UK.

Sure, most employers are still prone to firing you for ~unrelated~ reasons 😒

But we've been told over and over again to "reach out".

And you know what? It's BULLSHIT.
tw: suicide

What is the POINT in being aware of mental illness, of being told to reach out

... when GPs still aren't trained to handle suicidal patients?

... when NHS cuts have hit mental health provision so badly that it legitimately barely exists?
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Seeing as it's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - a brief thread on being a late-diagnosed autistic woman....
First of all, autism isn't a mental health condition. However, being autistic in a society that prizes 'normality' leads many of us to suffer from various mental health issues #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Many autistic people (and perhaps women especially) learn to conceal the outward signs of their autism (for example, compulsive physical movements and ways of communicating) in order to fit in. I certainly did #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
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It is #mentalhealthawarenessweek. A big problem of mine was/is being extremely anxious in decisions. I was often neurotically overthinking to the point of doing and achieving nothing which is very bad for mental health. If this is you, then I would recommend five books:
1/ Meditations (Aurelius) – how to act well in an ideal way, and how thinking makes things as they are. This is good for changing your perspective of events
2/ Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (Manson) – how to act well in a realistic way. Also what things we should focus on + how life is a constant battle
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1. I recently started #victimstigma after professionals I’ve never met in my field of psychology & CSE found out that I was raped 11yrs ago & used it to send hundreds of pages of disgusting emails claiming that I am mentally ill & unstable.
2. And they tried for MONTHS to protect their identities and silence me - hoping that I would never go public about what they had done because they have used mental health stigma to try to discredit years of my work. They work in mental health, yet did this to me.
3. Mental health issues affect every single one of us. These so-called professionals in my field must have never experienced a single trauma or experience in their whole lives, which makes them immune from mental health issues and able to take shots at others
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It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek so I thought I'd lay out some personal truths based on my experience of nearly a decade as a PhD student, part-time worker, and academic early career researcher (ECR). Let's talk stress, anxiety and depression. #phdchat #ecrchat #phdlife (thread)
First off the disclaimer: I'm playing life on its easy setting, I'm white, male, a British citizen, cisgendered, roughly middle class. I make no claims to authority on the topics I'm about the talk about, nor that my experiences are exceptional. I am privileged in many ways.
(second disclaimer: I haven't really given this much thought beyond the decision to do it, so there's no guarantee anything here is going to be worth reading, but I think - I hope - it might be useful for someone to get a sense of "it's not just me", which might help)
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