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Mental Health Gift Boxes

I’m designing mental health gift boxes using my own creative abilities to give others some light on a solemn day…

Each gift box will contain an acrylic painted canvas with an improvised feel good poem written by me, two surprise gifts and two arts and crafts goodies for the rainy days at £9.95 per box with 5% of profits going to a charity of the individual’s choice.

Formalising a plan, message me for more details if interested to add to the list.

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Mental health Awareness Post

#MentalHealthAwarenessPost
Take away the shame of the stigma… Here’s my story of how I defeated my depressive symptoms…

In September 2018 my brain changed. I knew something was wrong but I couldn’t fathom what and would think about everything I’ve learnt and compare my symptoms to my prior knowledge.

Over the years I’ve had CBT, counselling, attended Mind and even an acting group to help my symptoms but nothing was taking away the days and the nights I would cry myself to sleep.

I had positive opportunities going for me but my brain just was a blur of confusion – like a sponge soaked in past instability and traumas.

At the age of 20 others started to notice I was depressed and I was put on fluoxetine which worked for me and I managed to get to a good level of stability. In 2015/2016 this no longer worked for me and I couldn’t understand why.

I was reluctant to try anything else as had a bad reaction to the fluoxetine when attempted to try it again and was diagnosed with seretonin activation syndrome in August 2018.

A few weeks before my brain changed I was sleeping a lot more than usual and I honestly thought the depression would never ease.
Well it has. It has intensively.

No I’m not ashamed that I was unwell, I’m ashamed of how my mental health condition affected me at the time but you know what… Sertraline is working for me after six weeks and I couldn’t be more grateful… there IS a treatment for depression.

That’s when I realised the biological aspects of mental health were not understood. But one day they will be so others can get the help they need.

Sometimes we have to stand up to what we believe in. So if you see me being positive thank Science 🧪 🙌
#EndTheStigma

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Who are you?

The glistening waters of the strongest tide

Meeting with the sand on the softest shores

A boat in the distance swaying to the right

A surface of ripple of moonlight delight

An echo amongst the waves

A whisper in the distance

Rows of isolated caves

Who are you in this instance?

 

 

 

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Measuring moods

One night I sat there contemplating my ‘depression’ thinking why do I feel depressed when I have many things going for me? Why do I experience mood swings and shifts in my perspective? Why I feel lost without a source of comfort in times of need.

I thought up an idea as I was researching how to ease anxiety…

Create a personal project:

So how do we measure mood? Well, the answer is quite simple…

1. Create a two week routine diary and template recording sleep patterns, medication

2. Add a column and a row with the title mood

3. Add a column and a row with the title situation

4. Record your moods in the column

Don’t forget to add the times and dates!!

The aim of this exercise is to establish whether sociology factors are responsible for the way you feel or biological factors. It helps to distinguish between biological mental health and sociological mental health.

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How do ‘biases’ affect the general population?

Biases are contradictive. Biases are incorrect. Biases are forms of opinionated judgement.

We all haven’t experienced the same experiences except we can conform to the same idea based on another’s intuitive judgement. Status is mostly responsible for this.

We will unintentionally use the availability heuristic to make judgements about people even when not represented with the facts. This is where we need to be careful…

This is where mistakes can arise. This is where integrity can be abandoned and common sense he misjudged.

We must all learn how to make our own judgements and decisions to determine what is right and what is wrong. I find that many people will conform to a professional’s idea or way of thinking even when a person in question is innocent.

Here’s a scenario…

A woman and a man arrange to meet for a coffee. The man admits he would like a divorce and wanted someone to talk to. The man has no intentions but his wife’s friend walks past the coffee shop.

Would you assume this man wants anything else from this woman other than a conversation?

What political or psychological factors do you think are involved in the scenario?

What do you assume?

That is how quickly our judgements can affect our moods and emotions.

 

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The difference between ‘thinking’ and mental health conditions

So we’ve all heard the saying – ‘If you can change your thoughts you can change your life.’

Yes this is true…

 

But…

 

Mental health conditions can affect an individual neurologically, physically and mentally that can have a substantial impact on everyday life. Some mental health conditions require medication to keep the brain functioning properly.

We can all change our thoughts through cognitive behavioural therapy or positive thinking programmes… but when does mental health require medication?

Has there ever been a time when you wasn’t yourself? Have you ever felt your brain vibrating? Have you ever experienced personality changes and attacks? Have you ever isolated yourself because of excessive mood swings you couldn’t work out why it wouldn’t stop just by thinking about it? This is more than likely a biological mental health condition.

These types of conditions require medication.

 

What I tend to find in the present day mental health profession is if an individual has been neglected throughout their life then they are seen as unable to improve their present situation and the past experiences used against them when this isn’t the case because ANYONE can improve themselves and their lives. It takes the right amount of understanding, the right amount of support and the appropriate treatment.

Yes I believe in chemical imbalances because I’ve experienced it. It’s time to end mental health discrimination and change the future for generations to come.

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The River Thames

The River Thames – London, UK 

Natalie Small

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Living with Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder; not a mental health condition so it’s harder for those on the autistic spectrum to explain themselves in times of crisis through face to face communication methods. We look normal on the outside although we can talk in the first person a lot. It is assumed we have no empathy except the truth is we have too much.

Most people see Asperger’s syndrome as someone who is connected to mathematics or patterns – that is true but is it the same for women? My Asperger’s means I see patterns in life events that scare me, the disrupt of routine can undermine my true personality and if I don’t know what to expect I can get anxious. I like to be goal committed: Autistic adults seem slow at first at learning a new task but give them a few weeks extra time and you wouldn’t regret employing someone on the autistic spectrum. We can teach others things about the universe that others are unable to see. I’ve been trying to switch off my Asperger’s syndrome my whole life except it’s never worked.

Previously I stated I felt I had bipolar disorder mistaken as borderline personality disorder in relation to my fluctuating moods. I was diagnosed with depression and put on sertraline but was told I didn’t have bipolar disorder even though I excel in creativity and am fascinated with how different subjects connect with one another.

I was speaking to a friend earlier today and she said you wouldn’t guess I had any mental health illness by speaking to me and I realised how much I had wasted my life away worrying about whether I would be accepted in any occupation, whether I belong anywhere, why I couldn’t communicate face to face properly but could release my emotions in acting and writing and work on my own initiative. I often questioned myself, not because I didn’t value my own abilities but because others questioned mine. It’s easier to express what travels through my mind except I guess that’s why the surrounding world is fast forward for me.

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Mental health conditions affect men just as much as women

One of my good friends is a man with the same condition as me and he expresses himself so compassionately I see him as a warrior, a survivor, someone with potential who doesn’t even know it.

I was struggling since I was a child. Why is this relevant?

You cannot predetermine the course of a mental health condition in later adult life. Why are the mental health rates increasing? What can we do about it? People who I’ve fallen out with have made lies up about me and formed their little group and circle and laughed about my difficulties except if they knew the truth they’d eat their own words. That’s the thing about judgement. We all do it. But…

Theres a difference between truth and judgement. I’ve found it really hard to make friends in Stevenage because of my Aspergers Syndrome and BPD and when my brain changed in September 2018 and I had a brief period of feeling suicidal I was convinced it was PTSD or bipolar related but only because I had previously studied three years of psychology and my cognitive ability had rapidly been declining which is coming back on the sertraline.

This is how mental health affects the brain. Occupations worry especially when it comes to health and safety procedures but they don’t need to worry because the equality act helps those with mental health conditions remain in work but I find employers don’t understand the concept of it. People can have lifelong developmental disorders and mental health conditions and be advanced in their literacy or advanced in their practicalities.

Life isn’t a competition. It’s about recognising who we are and what we want out of life and focusing on our health and developments.

 

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Using the environment to describe mental health💙

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I took some rather splendid photographs of Central London this week for my research portfolio which I plan to use to describe mental health using the environment as a visual perspective.

How does this work? 

You travel to a place that means something to you personally. It can be local, abroad, or even in your own home.

You take a photograph of that place. They say every picture speaks a thousand words! 

So what do we do next . . .

Any ideas? 

1. Look at the photograph above. Just look at it. Take in all the information visually. Really feel the historical vibe and the patterns of Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre. What does the photograph represent? Imagine what you believe is inside that building. This is an exercise designed to look at our inner selves and is a critical thinking exercise. Everyone will have a unique perception of what they feel would be inside. . . So really take a look at it. What does the building mean to you?

How does this relate to mental health do you ask?

This is when we come to step two:

2. Write down all the emotions and feelings you believe this building contains within its frame work. Write down what you believe inspired the architects to design this building in a certain way.

3. What did you learn from doing this exercise?

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The Neurology of Mental Health

I sit and I wait, and sigh

A dreamer to the observer

A loner to the other eye

My brain slithers

So effortlessly

Through many comparisons of mood

Yet no one understands

The pain.

The headache

The disorganised spelling

Normal speech and a thousand words

Cannot heal this awful curse

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A Special Kind Of Project

Okay, so I had a mental breakdown although little did I know it would open opportunities and possibilities for me to develop myself even further. I’ve learnt so much from aspiring people who are interested in the way I write and have a new advertising project to contend with. To focus on writing makes me forget about what’s wrong with me and think about my worth and capabilities. I want to create a survey designed for employers and managers to find out their views on mental health to get more people with mental health issues in positions that suit their needs rather than be looked at as the label of a mental health condition. I hope to accomplish this by the summer and create my own advert and mental health media website with my own designed templates for better mental health recovery. I’ve been working through my DBT books and been using critical thinking exercises so I can shape my future and get back into work and achieve my goals. Why should I apologise for being unwell at a time I was suffering. Suffering so openly. Suffering on my own because the small minds wanted to break me. Why do I want to be like those negative people. I’m essentially a positive person but with a throwback of trauma except this just shapes my mind to believe in better in myself and next time to be more careful in who I associate with to avoid another crisis. I’m better at working independently but we all have different skills and attributes. No two people are the same.

Just a typical daily life note.