My decision to withdraw from university

As some of you will already know, last week I left Durham University and decided to come home. Having kept this decision relatively quiet, I have now decided that it’s time to speak out; this is particularly so given the time of year and the fact that so many of my friends are excitedly about…

“Third degree burns”

The disorder of which I will talk about today is currently my primary diagnosis, yet I can count on one hand the number of people I have disclosed the diagnosis to. This is because despite affecting as many as 2.5% of the population, it is one of the least understood and most stigmatised mental health…

This is not an apology

Today in Gravesend the temperature is perhaps the hottest of the year so far at 28 degrees Celsius. So as any other person would, I decided to wear shorts and a vest top on my way to work. Regrettably, the response I received from far too many people was not what I would hope for…

The edge of panic

When planning my series of blog posts, it struck me that anxiety is something I have never really openly discussed before. I haven’t avoided doing so as my diagnosis is something I often mention, but only that – a diagnosis, a label or maybe the odd mention of a panic attack. But never before have…

When the NHS mental health service fails

I know that yesterday I promised a blog post on anxiety (which is still coming, I promise), however as I sit here at 1:30am on a Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in A&E with a long wait still ahead of me I feel that right now, the events leading up to tonight will be of much more…

“Nothing tastes better than skinny feels…”

What better way to begin my series of blog posts to depict my mental health story, than at the beginning – my experience of an eating disorder.┬áMy struggles with bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are perhaps those of which I have documented most, but hopefully that will not keep this post from being insightful as…