Bringing a Chair to the Table: Validating My Illness

As a mental health campaigner, namely in eating disorders, I have become involved in a community full of individuals with similar lived experiences of mental health such as depression, anxiety, and, of course, eating disorders. This community has allowed me to feel heard and supported. I have people to reach out to, and people reach … Continue reading Bringing a Chair to the Table: Validating My Illness

Methods For Mental Health: Sertraline

In February of this year, I was prescribed 50mg of sertraline for severe anxiety that I have had for over a decade of my life, beginning in my early teens. I watched my GP create the prescription, attaching it to my medical records on the computer. He handed over the peach slip, and just like … Continue reading Methods For Mental Health: Sertraline

Let Them Be Heard

Disclaimer: I am a white Scottish woman and this post comes from a white, Scottish, female perspective therefore I do not speak for people of colour. This is my attempt to use my privilege to highlight the injustices within mental health awareness. This post mainly deals with people who are black whether this is Caribean … Continue reading Let Them Be Heard

The Relapse

Disclaimer: this post details eating disorders and the behaviours that surround it and may be particularly graphic. Therefore if you feel you may be triggered by this then either avoid this post or view at your own discretion. I also speak about purging behaviours such as vomiting, therefore people who have emetophobia or an adversion … Continue reading The Relapse

The Anxiety of Being Productive

During this lockdown, have you seen this tweet copied and pasted onto your timeline from a variety of pseudo-life coaches? https://twitter.com/TheJeremyHaynes/status/1245767684484202496 How has it made you feel? Annoyed? Frustrated? Guilty? Like you're not doing enough? A failure? Me too. At the time I'm writing this the UK is now going into our sixth week of … Continue reading The Anxiety of Being Productive

Emulating Others’ Lives

“Connell wished he knew how other people conducted their private lives, so that he could copy from example.”  Like most people, I'm absolutely engrossed and obsessed with Sally Rooney's Normal People. Yes, I saw the TV show first before the book, which I am currently reading. However, I came across this line early in the … Continue reading Emulating Others’ Lives

Mental Health Literature: A Review of “Seconds To Snap”

I recently read Seconds To Snap by Scottish author, Tina McGuff, and it elicited so many strong emotions with every word that I realised this was one of the best books to read to understand the shame, and guilt concerning eating disorders. Seconds To Snap takes you through the dark details of an eating disorder so often missed in popular culture, and is an important lesson in eating disorder awareness.

Just Five More Sets: The UK Lockdown and Eating Disorder-Related Exercise

It's been over a week since the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown for 3 weeks to combat the coronavirus. The lockdown rules dictate that you cannot leave your house unless it's for medical need, exercise, caring for a vulnerable person, and food shopping (but as infrequently as possible.) In other words, … Continue reading Just Five More Sets: The UK Lockdown and Eating Disorder-Related Exercise

The Monster’s Post-It Notes

You support the family. You support the friends. You support the colleagues. You support everyone. If you do this, you support the person with the eating disorder.

Methods for Mental Health: Wellbeing Counselling

Walking up a flight of beige stairs, my heart beat in triple time with every step, I could feel nausea settling deep into my stomach. I can turn back now and just pretend like I never contacted them, I thought as I stepped closer and closer to the waiting room. I wanted so badly to turn around and go back to the library, hide behind my university work, and push down the anxiety and depression. But, before I knew it, I was knocking on the door of the receptionist, and announcing myself: "Hi, I'm Adrienne. I've got an appointment at 2pm." This is my experience of counselling at university.