Talking, Therapy and Trauma

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

In 2018 we are pushing in the right direction to break the stigma around mental illness, more people are opening up about their own experiences, getting help such as a therapy and finally society is coming to terms with the fact that mental illness is, in fact, a genuine illness and not something to fear. With mental health becoming a topic which is becoming more socially acceptable to talk about, it means we are finally able to get the right help we need without feeling like you're a complete mess. I remember from the age of 14 when I was referred to therapy at CAMHS due to a traumatic experience that happened to me, I was reluctant, to be honest with them, I was worried about what other people would think when I had to leave school early for my appointments, to share what was really going on in my head and the constant worry of being sectioned. At that time, I didn't really understand what has to happen to be sectioned. I hated having to leave school during lunch when my friends were having fun and going to some dingy building across town to talk about my feelings. In the end, I decided to tell them I was feeling better and that I was ready to stop coming to therapy, and with that, they agreed I didn't need to come anymore. 

Which maybe wasn't the best idea, but teen me thought it was great!




The older I got, I went to my doctors an adult seeking out alternative therapy such as talking therapy, EMDR and more recently placed under the care of a community mental nurse, as well as my doctor. Despite being older and understanding that in fact it is ok to talk in these sessions and the only way it will get better is to open up, I still clam up. I find it hard to relax and talk about my issues, I often focus on random objects in the room and think more about them then what I am being asked. I am one of those people who struggle to talk to people on a one to one basis, I often feel myself looking down and away when trying to talk about anything, I am still unsure whether this is due to the shame I feel or eye contact just makes me feel awkward. But it's something I've always found near to impossible. 



But throughout my teen and young adult life, I've kept one thing the same, and that's making friends online. I can tell you now, I find it 110% easier to tell my thoughts to friends on the internet, it's also easier to reach out to these people as in most cases you probably won't meet. I was recently advised that you actually get therapy online, which I found pretty amazing, for those people who are too afraid/can't reach out at their doctors or can't afford therapy, we are lucky in the UK to be able to get our therapy for free on the NHS. Although you do have to pay for therapy online, I think it could be a worthwhile investment, especially for someone like me. Sites such as Better Help which is available from the comfort of your own bed. Therapy can often be a difficult thing to do, so being in your house surrounded by things that make you happy can be a great relief. 

As for me and therapy, my latest mental health nurse actually left so we are currently on a break, however, I have faith that in the future I will continue to take positive steps to my recovery. 

*Contains a paid link, but as always my thoughts are 100% mine. 

10 comments

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  2. I think its great that more people are being open about their experiences with mental health. I've started writing more on the topic too and I feel less alone knowing others are going through similar things.

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  3. Oh tell me about it! i used to HATE therapy and it would be hard work to get me going! But then at the end of my treatment i didn't want to leave and honestly i ended up loving it!

    x twuss

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  4. This isn't something I have experienced myself, but my sister had a love hate relationship with it when she was a teen too. Being able to access help online sounds good too

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  5. It can often be a lot easier to open up to online friends than face to face. Glad to read that sites like Better Help exist.

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  6. At times, people do take mental illness lightly and they don’t try to get a solution for it. Nowadays, I’ve observed things have changed and are getting better.

    Fatima

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  7. I think we really are moving forward in a positive way in society about opening up and talking about mental health and it's just so important


    Laura x

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  8. Better Help sounds like a great resource - it is great that we are more open to opening up nowadays though, so important to talk when we need to

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  9. I'm so proud of you for sharing a little bit of your story Darling! A post that so many people deserve to read, we're not alone and posts like this really highlight that statement. <3 xoxo
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  10. It's so nice to read an open post like this about mental health issues. I started counselling this year for depression, anxiety and grief and it's the best thing I've ever done.

    Laura x
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