Thursday, 8 February 2018

My Mental Health Story

I was asked if I could share my mental health story so I am going to start where it feels logical to me to:

When I was at school, I started feeling ill all the time with nausea, stomach aches and frequent trips to the toilet. I would struggle through every lesson feeling like I was going to be sick. I think that these symptoms began after I had a bout of food poisoning and then the worst flu that I have ever had. I went to the doctors and I was given different medications but I still felt ill all of the time. I then began to become anxious about going out because 1. I didn’t feel well and 2. Of any bad experiences when I was out and found myself in the toilet feeling awful. At the time, I did not know that I had IBS and anxiety. It took a long time for my IBS to be diagnosed and then my anxiety.

With my depression, I think that this had existed longer. I would feel slightly depressed or get bouts of it or have more depressed moments. However, as I got older, the bouts of depression became more prominent and more often.

I think that my OCD might have begun when my dog became seriously ill. I became worried that I would accidentally drop something on the floor that would make him ill again. This then expanded to worrying about germs and not feeling clean when I would touch anything when I was out and feeling the germs on me.

I have received different forms of treatment for these health conditions. My IBS is definitely a lot better than it used to be. My mental health is also better than it has been in the past. I still struggle with all of these; I am not immune to feeling down or anxious or panicky or unwell but I feel good about where I am in my life right now and I am hoping to get into an exercise routine that could potentially improve my health even more.

I hope that this post has been helpful to at least one person. Always see a doctor and if they are not helpful, see another one. Don’t be afraid to try different forms of treatment that are recommended to you. Everyone is different and what helps you may be different to what helps someone else. Wherever you are in your journey, good luck and do not give up.

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