I thought I’d share ŵith you a few news stories and a few of my views…all about mental health.
Firstly, the news that the super successful female cricket player, Sarah Taylor is taking a break from sport due to her anxiety. Although, I wouldn’t wish anxiety and depression on anyone – I like it when someone successful and in the public eye is open and honest about their mental health. It makes little old me feel a little bit better. What has always made my depression is worse is trying to work out why. Or I start to feel worse when I feel like there is no reason to be sad or that I shouldn’t be sad.
It was announced this week that blood tests could help to diagnose mental health problems and identify treatment and medication which would help. I was lucky that the first antidepressant I was given works and (touch wood) I’ve had minimal side effects. Also I would be really rubbish having the blood test. However this news gives hope for people who are still searching for the medication to help them. Interestingly, I don’t feel like I’ve ever been given a real diagnosis. I think I have depression. At one crisis point I was told by a doctor that I had extreme anxiety, whatever that is. But there are lots of different types of depression and anxiety – how do I find out which one I have? It would probably involve a trip to the doctors, speaking of which.
The fabulous Mind charity have started a new campaign called Find the Words. This guide helps you to talk about your mental health and find the word to describe how you feel when visiting the doctor.
What do you think about these news stories? Do you have any other news stories you think I should know about?