UK based plus size fashion blogger AmandaApparel gets personal about her experience with self help for anxiety and depression.
Trigger warnings: anxiety, depression, mental health, medication. If any of these are triggering for you or this just isn't your cup of tea, maybe check out an outfit post or brand crush!
As I discussed in my previous mental health post, I do suffer from severe anxiety and depression on a daily basis. I'm doing everything I can to be open about these topics on my blog, as well as on Instagram. To quote the great RuPaul, "We can all stand for a little bit more humanity, even if that humanity seems messy and uncomfortable." So that, my lovelies, is the goal. I want to be as forthright and forthcoming as I can when it comes to the mental health discussion.
I visited my doctor last week and we agreed to increase my dosage of Citalopram from 10 to 20mg. For those who don't know, Citalopram is the medication I've been taking for over a month to treat both anxiety and depression. A great resource that my doctor introduced me to is Mood GYM. Think of it like a gym, for your brain! Mood GYM is an online training system developed in Australia. The system focuses on cognitive behaviour therapy which helps change how you think, and interpersonal therapy which helps change how you interact with others.
I'm still new to the site, but I really like the format. You get to set your own pace for completing the modules. They help users identify negative self thought in characters, which helps eliminate negative self thought within yourself. As a 90's kid who is a big fan of BuzzFeed style quizzes, the format of Mood GYM is very appealing to me. There are quizzes, worksheets, and more. The site constantly records your feelings and development which makes it very easy to track progress along the way.
Mood GYM is free to use, and if you think you may be experiencing anxiety or depression you should definitely give it a go. If it's not your cup of tea, I've got a whole Pinterest board dedicated to health, well being, and self-care.
I'll be super honest with you guys, the last several days have been the hardest I've had in a LONG time. It hasn't actually been this bad since before I went on medication at all. It's important to remember that this isn't something that one just snaps out of. You can try medication, meditation, and education, but it's not always easy to rise above the depression. I'm so grateful for the support you've given me recently. From the bottom of my heart, thank you thank you THANK YOU!
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