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World Mental Health Awareness Day Wednesday 10 October 2012 sharing my recovery and my life right now

My life right now…

Well, right now I am very happy – the best I have felt in years. I love talking to people about mental health and campaigning against stigma. I am going to college twice a week and am getting on well with the tasks, my classmates and the homework (well, just about

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Depression, hope, self help, CBT, BPD, OCD, anxiety, writing and recovery for me!

I originally wrote this article for ‘Journeys Online’ the brilliant depression support charity…

When I was fifteen I repeatedly had anxiety and sobbing attacks, feeling hopeless and physically unwell. Not long before I had been raped. At sixteen I was diagnosed with depression and offered counselling but it was not followed up. I began self

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How coping with depression helped me to overcome my other mental illness symptoms

By 2008, aged 34, I had built up a varied group of ill mental health labels – Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Anxiety and the possibility of Bipolar Disorder, but not confirmed.

Depression had been diagnosed when I was 15 years old, so I had been living with that for a

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