#MHAW2017 – Why we must keep talking about mental health.

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It is Mental Health Awareness Week – seven solid days in which the aim is to raise awareness about mental health.

You might be thinking, ‘Oh bloody hell… not this mental health thing again’. Well, Im’ma stop you right there, because yes, whether you’d like to admit it or not, we do still need to talk about mental health. Continue reading “#MHAW2017 – Why we must keep talking about mental health.”

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Living with an anxiety disorder and what you can do to help

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Feeling anxious is normal. Like a bit nauseous as you walk into your finals exams, or having butterflies in your stomach as you’re about to go on stage and deliver speech to hundreds of people. I get it. It’s an evolutionary emotion where our body and mind goes into flight or fight mode as we approach a stimulus we deem dangerous.

That’s where the problem begins. My body and mind starts perceiving something perfectly benign as something potentially dangerous. Sometimes, out of nowhere and out of my conscious control, my brain suddenly starts thinking that the world as I know it is about to end. My heart starts pounding, my chest tightens, and I struggle to breathe. Everything will be, in reality, absolutely normal, but my mind will just start racing and I will genuinely believe that my life is collapsing in front of my eyes. Yes, I realise that I sound horrendously melodramatic, but this is the truth in what happens in my head. Continue reading “Living with an anxiety disorder and what you can do to help”

3AM THOUGHTS | Male Sexual Entitlement

So, before I get started, let me get one thing out the way: I’m a feminist.

Oh shit! Not the ‘F’ word!

Pipe the fuck down. Yes, I’m a feminist. I’m not awfully outspoken about it because I’m not as eloquent as some of my colleagues. I’m also not very good at expressing my feelings, so most of the time I just end up confusing myself as I lose my train of thought. However, a couple of things have happened to and around me in the recent months that have just got my blood boiling, and I feel like I just have to say a few things before my chest explodes with fury.

When it comes to feminist issues, there are many things I feel very strongly about including pay equality and the fact that tampons are considered ‘luxury goods’ (dafuq!?). But today, the thing I want to talk about here is male sexual entitlement. I realise that my parents and a few family friends may be reading this, so if you find it uncomfortable to read about me talking about sex, then you should probably click away now. There’ll be cake recipes back on here in a few days that will be more PG rated (or weeks, depending how write-y I’m feeling.)

Last few pointers before I start my rant properly:

  • I realise that what I’m about to say may be grossly generalising men; I am by no means calling all men sexually entitled. Just a large percentage of men. There are always exceptions that prove the rule, aren’t there?
  • I also know that sexual entitlement is not exclusive to the male gender. However, statistics (and mainly from personal experience) suggests that it is more common in men. Therefore for the purposes of today’s rant, I’ll be focusing on male sexual entitlement.

Continue reading “3AM THOUGHTS | Male Sexual Entitlement”

End the Stigma Behind Mental Health

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I recently stumbled across a post on the internet, and it really irked me the wrong way.

OK – let me start by clarifying that I am not defending what the lady did. No form of manslaughter should be excusable (and in my humble opinion – 5 years is nothing for killing someone, but then again I don’t know much about that… Just what I read on the news), but I’m not here to discuss that. I’m here to have a little rant about mental health and the stigma behind it. I’m 2.5 weeks into my psychiatry rotation in my third year of University, and I just feel that I have a few things to get off my chest, so prepare yourselves – here goes my word vomit: Continue reading “End the Stigma Behind Mental Health”