Mental Health

“I’ve Learned So Much About OCD and Its Ability to Make Your Mind Take Over Your Body”

YouTuber Brenna Burk blogs about life with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Years ago, if you’d asked me what OCD is, I would have given you one of two answers: “Isn’t that where people organise stuff a lot?” or “I don’t know, I’ve never heard of it.” If you ask me today, however, you’re in for a

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‘A Young Man Approached Me and Told Me My Music Had Kept Him From Taking His Own Life’

We interviewed Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Rachael Sage DtL: What has been your proudest moment so far? Rachael: My proudest moment so far has been when a young man approached me at a show in San Francisco and told me my music had kept him from taking his own life. While the details of

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Intrusive Thoughts: Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Laura Ivy blogs about living with OCD I remember sitting in a psychology lesson when I was fifteen, flicking through my textbook and writing down the definitions of keywords in the glossary. One of those keywords was ‘Obsessive Compulsive Disorder’. Upon reading the definition I was shocked at how strongly I could relate to it.

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‘School was a Very Difficult Place for me to Navigate’ – Autism, Disordered Eating and Bipolar: Joe Plumb Shares His Story

Autism, Disordered Eating and Bipolar – Joe Plumb shares his story From the very first day of school I was treated differently. Other kids didn’t seem to want to talk or interact with me and neither me or my parents understood why. I felt so alone. At the age of six, I was diagnosed with

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‘After Agoraphobia Took Hold, My Life Changed Dramatically’ – Anxious and Agoraphobic: Lauren Rose Shares her Story

Lauren Rose on living with anxiety and agoraphobia If you had told me at the age of 22 that I’d spend the next three years incredibly anxious and housebound, I wouldn’t have believed you. My issues with anxiety seemed to come completely out of left field – one day I was a normal twenty-something; enjoying

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The Link Between Bullying and Eating Disorders

Una Foye, Research Officer for the Mental Health Foundation on the link between bullying and eating disorders I’ll never forget the day in secondary school when someone told me my legs were ‘too skinny’ and looked like ‘something that would hang out of a birds nest’. It’s not uncommon to hear things like this as

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10 Myths About People With Bipolar Disorder

Comedian Joleen Lunzer lists 10 Myths About People With Bipolar Disorder 1. We’re scary When I tell someone I have Bipolar II Disorder, they always look at me with fear in their eyes and ask, “Are you going to be okay?” However, what they’re really asking, is if they are going to be okay. The

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Learning to Love Your Body: Lessons from Life Models

We talked body positivity, self-love and naked selfies with three life models who subvert dominant ideologies, and unapologetically bare all to a room full of strangers on a regular basis. Amy, Caitlin and Olivia all make a living posing nude for artists; they tell us what it is really like to be the muse behind

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‘Just Two Weeks After Losing My Arm, I was Back DJing’: Matt Howes

We interviewed DJ Matt Howes Matt Howes is an unofficial world record holder, charity ambassador and, amputee. In 2011, he was in Greece when his moped was hit by a car; he survived the accident but lost his right arm in surgery. Just two weeks after the accident, Matt was back behind the decks, despite having

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