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Mental Health

Awareness, Information & Advice

Lets talk about how hard it is to open up to someone about being sad for no reason.
Lets talk about how hard it is to explain to your friends & family that you have this heavy feeling in your chest for no reason.
Lets talk about how hard it is to understand why you're having a panic attack unexpectedly.
Lets talk about how hard it can be to understand your own self.

 
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Anxiety is your body's natural response to stress. It's a feeling of fear or apprehension about what's to come...

ANXIETY

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Depression is a constant feeling of sadness & loss of interest in your  normal activities. 
Generally, this is caused by a mix of events & factors...

DEPRESSION

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can cause above-normal levels of hyperactive & impulsive behavior. You will have trouble focusing attention on a single task or simply sitting still for long periods of time. Both adults, men & women & children can have ADHD...

ADHD

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Attention Deficit Disorder is a term used for people who have excessive difficulties with concentration without the presence of other ADHD symptoms such as excessive impulsiveness or hyperactivity...

ADD

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Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness that severely impacts a person's ability to regulate their emotions. This loss of emotional control can increase impulsivity, affect how a person feels about themselves, and negatively impact their relationships with others...

BPD

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Autism is a condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, interacts with others, and experiences their environment. Every Autistic person is different to every other. This is why autism is described as a 'spectrum'...

AUTISM

 

Anxiety, Depression & ADHD are all somewhat linked. Other common diagnosis' also include ADD, BPD & Autism. 

If you are feeling anxious or depressed, this does not mean you may be autistic. Please don't take this literal. 

The reason for me stating this is because, for years, I was always so confused as to why I felt different & why I felt like I can't socialize as a 'normal' person could until I took the time to really delve into myself & figure out what was really effecting my character.

Honestly, I still struggle to socialize & I still feel different, I just don't feel confused about it anymore. I've adapted my life completely to suit me, my boundaries & I no longer try to force myself into certain situations that could end up in panic attacks & discomfort.

Once you go to work on yourself & find out who truly are, this makes the journey a lot easier. 

 

THE MOST COMMON SIGNS FOUND IN ADULTS

The information below is given as a breif guide & insight into the most common signs of the following diagnosis' in adults. Most points are similar to what you would find in a child, however this section is for adults only.

They vary from person to person & will differ based on childhood, previous trauma, current lifestyle & relationships with the people you have around you.

Certain life factors will, to some extent, numb or heighten certain symptoms. 

This is where your journey becomes very personal & from here, I encourage you to delve deeper to discover who you are.

ANXIETY

Feeling restlessness or on-edge
Having difficulty concentrating
Irritable & Agitated 
Headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches, or unexplained pains
Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
Sleeping problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep

DEPRESSION

Low mood & low interest in activities enjoyed previously: Low interest or feeling depressed for more than two weeks is an alarming sign to seek immediate help
Trouble concentrating
Changes in appetite or sleep
Feeling hopeless/worthless
Thoughts of suicide

ADHD

Unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings
Constantly fidgeting
Unable to concentrate on tasks
Excessive physical movement/hyperactivity
Excessive talking
Acting without thinking
Interrupting conversations

ADD

Impulsiveness
Disorganization and problems prioritizing
Poor time management skills
Problems focusing on a task
Trouble multitasking
Excessive activity or restlessness
Poor planning
Low frustration tolerance

BPD

Fear of abandonment
Unstable relationships
Unclear or shifting self-image
Impulsive, self-destructive behaviors
Self-harm
Extreme emotional swings
Chronic feelings of emptiness
Explosive anger

AUTISM

Finding it hard to understand what others are thinking or feeling
Anxiety about social situations
Finding it hard to make friends or preferring to be on your own
Seeming blunt, rude or not interested in others without meaning to
Finding it hard to say how you feel

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Please feel free to message me with any questions if the below information doesn't give you any answers. 

The most common questions will be added to this section.

How can a combination of ADHD & Anxiety affect me?

When you have anxiety along with ADHD, it may make some of your ADHD symptoms worse, such as feeling restless or having trouble concentrating. Anxiety is one condition that is often seen in people with ADHD. Simply put, ADHD and anxiety disorder symptoms overlap & both cause restlessness.

I've felt anxiety & depression for so many years; it won't go away. What can I do?

  1. Allow yourself to feel what you’re feeling

  2. Do something you have control over

  3. Maintain a routine

  4. Aim to get a good night’s sleep

  5. Force yourself to exercise. Go for a light walk, nothing to strenuous

  6. Make time for rest and relaxation 

  7. Try to eat balanced meals

  8. Reach out to loved ones

How can I overcome my social anxiety?

  1. Practice public speaking

  2. Try cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

  3. Gradually introduce yourself to anxiety-inducing situations

  4. Ask your support system for a helping hand!

  5. Check in with yourself, write down your feelings

  6. Look for silver linings, write down what you're grateful for at the end of each day — and be kind to yourself

How can I find it in me to do something totally different with my life?

  1. Firstly, I wSeek out a friend or someone you're comfortable discussing personal stories with

  2. Write down a list of important life stories. ...

  3. Share your stories and identify themes you hear. ...

  4. Define what motivates you.

How does ADHD differ in men & women?

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I think I need to see a professional regarding my mental health. Where do I start?

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"You're not reading this by accident. Everything is going to be okay. Breathe & remember you've been this uncomfortable, anxious & scared and you've survived.
Close your eyes & feel the universe within you making a path for you right now"

Halfway Through my Twenties