News and Views

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?

Let me know what you think

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  • beetleypete

    It may be true that putting a name to what you are feeling helps you to deal with it. It can be hard to explain those feelings, to fit into some medical or psychiatric ‘box’ that can be identified. As long as you are getting support and treatment, that is the main thing.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • LaurenEph Post author

      Thankyou Pete. I am getting treatment and am positive about it. But at the same time I have accepted that I might always be a little bit vulnerable when it comes to my mental health. Hope you are well? How’s the vertigo?

      • beetleypete

        Sorry to say that the vertigo is back, and still affecting a fair bit of everyday life. I can’t seem to shake it off at the moment. Like you, I am trying to deal with things, and to be positive.
        Best wishes, Pete.

  • stking8920

    Lauren—it is really interesting when you find out about certain celebrities having had depression—as if their money and fame make them immune from it. I am a past sufferer myself. 🙂

    • LaurenEph Post author

      Yes, it just shows that it can affect everyone regardless of how successful you are or how your life is. And anyone who can speak out about it helps. Thanks for your comment, hope you liked the post.

  • Lulu

    When I read your little news update about Sarah Taylor, I shared similar thoughts. It’s refreshing to see someone in the public arena taking the time and space necessary to care for herself (or himself) without seeming ashamed. Too often, it seems like people sort of disappear for extended vacations or breaks, and not much is mentioned about why. It always makes me happy to see anyone getting the care that they need and deserve, but this makes me especially happy. 🙂