Home from hospital – mental health awareness week 2018

Just when you think you've covered all the awareness weeks another one comes along from the shadows, brandishing itself on social media. For this awareness day I'd like to write about my hospital admission to an Eating Disorder unit, of which I have just been discharged from. I don't think a huge amount is known …

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Taking things literally or obsessive thinking?

Not my most catchy title I'm afraid. I try to avoid writing about really specific personal situations on my blog. I have done this before and have probably exposed myself too much. But the above is something I've been pondering this weekend as it seems to often be the cause of my downfall and I …

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Mindful photography

Before I had my most recent period of being acutely unwell from the results of having an eating disorder I had started studying for an online course. I'd had to extend my deadlines a number of times due to my health. It was distressing me that I still hadn't completed it, so as part of …

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Eating and me, an eating disorder on the spectrum

As I sit here in my now too big pajamas, with every part of me aching and drinking black coffee (despite my love of tea) it seems like perhaps rather the right time to write this blog. It's been the elephant in the room for some time, the thing I couldn't write about, something I …

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Parenting and me, part 1 – the early years as a parent on the spectrum

I became a parent to a beautiful daughter at the age of 20. In the grand scheme of things these days this isn't that 'young' an age to first become a parent. To me it was though, emotionally immature and struggling in life I hadn't moved much forwards from the mental age of 16. I've …

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Finding shelter from the storm, emotional dis-regulation and me

Emotional dis-regulation, it's hardly a snazzy blog title is it? I didn't really know what it was until it was described to me last year. I recognised that at times I get overwhelmed, but never had a name for it. Often I respond to feelings without really knowing what is going on, I find it …

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