The Story of My Illness – Part One: A Reblog, Five Years On

This is where the blog really began for me. I’d made a couple of brief posts before this, but this is why I started in the first place: in the hope that sharing my story would help others. Because the story was quite long I divided it into three parts and posted them over consecutive days. This was Part One, originally posted five years ago today. No doubt many of you will have already seen this but more recent followers may not have caught up with it.

To replicate the original schedule I’m going to be reposting Parts Two and Three over the next two days, and intend to follow this up with a review of how things are now, sometime later this week or early next week. I’m doing this not, as last week’s troll suggested, because I’m self-obsessed, but because I still believe that the more of us who share our experience of mental health issues the better it will be, for two reasons:

1. Knowing that others are going through something similar, and you’re not alone, can be a help and comfort at a difficult time; and

2. The more who talk about this the better it will be in helping to bring down the walls of stigma which prevent so many people from seeking help.

I hope this helps you, or someone you care about.

Take It Easy


Hello! I’m back again. And if anyone is wondering why it took me so long to get this blog started and why there has been a long gap between posts – welcome to my world! Opening myself up like this is not easy, as I am basically quite a shy, private person and I really have to build confidence up each time before posting anything. So this is going to be irregular, but hopefully worthwhile when it happens!

A brief recap: as I said in my introductory post, I am now back at work after nine months off, from Oct 2011 to July 2012, with a combination of depression and sleep problems. I am still on a high dosage of medication – Sertraline for anyone interested – and will be under the care of my GP, local mental health team and my dietician at least until I retire next…

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