By Bethany Evans
Fibromyalgia is an invisible chronic illness. An invisible illness is a condition that doesn’t have noticeable symptoms and a chronic illness is a condition that is long lasting (usually over 3 months).
Around age 5 the symptoms of my poor mental health began to manifest.
Mother and father were convinced I was possessed.
It took but mere days when I found myself on the giant leather chair. Swinging my itty bitty feet and hiding my face in the squeaky shiny armrest.
This was the beggining of a lifelong battle with mental illness. Continue reading
By Dr. Sujay Kansagra
My body jolts awake to a familiar sound. After a few blind swipes, my blows hit their target, and once again, there is silence. The air in the room is cool and crisp, and every fiber of my being wants me to remain in the welcoming warmth under the covers. It is Saturday morning. On any other Saturday of my life, I would be waking only when my body is ready. But this month is different. My body no longer calls the shots. Continue reading
General anxiety disorder, recurrent depression and borderline personality disorder.
2 years ago I received the official diagnosis of GAD and recurrent depression – these were of no surprise. I always had the symptoms of anxiety, just never knew exactly what was going on or that it was an actual disorder. Depression, I have had mild bouts of on and off for as long as I can remember. Borderline personality disorder came as a surprise but it explained so many things of why I am who I am that it was actually a relief. Continue reading
A common question that lots of people have asked me in the past is: are you enjoying medical school?
It’s a very good question. It just seems like yesterday that I was sitting in my bedroom at home, packing my bags, looking through the events scheduled for fresher’s week (or, as is the case at my medical school, fortnight) and getting excited over all the exciting new words that were put down on my timetable. I was completely unaware of the challenges that would face me. As far as I was concerned, I was going to go to medical school, have a bit of fun, learn a little bit of medicine and become a doctor.
I can’t help but feel that I was rather naïve before I did start. I don’t think – or at least, I hope not – that I was the only one who entered medical school with that naïve mind set. Now, in my second year of medical school, I have some idea of the challenges that face medical students – many of which, may I add, were completely unprecedented. Familiar challenges did also arise, however, and these were similar to the challenges that I had felt during my A-Levels.
Exactly what are the differences between Sixth Form and Medical School? Continue reading
I’m going to be taking you through what a day in the life of a junior doctor is like right now. Before we begin, my days can vary wildly – you might say there is no such thing as a typical day for a junior doctor. In my current job, I rotate between weeks on the trauma ward, on-call shifts and time on the orthogeriatric hip fracture unit. For the purposes of this post though, I’ll talk you through what a normal day is like for me on the trauma ward. Continue reading
By Chidera Ota
At medical school, it can be tempting to spend your time in the library or at your desk, writing out notes, memorising mnemonics and getting through your pile of ‘must-read’ textbooks. However, it’s important to not take any time you have in hospitals, on the wards, for granted; these can actually be incredibly effective learning environments, if you approach them properly. While these tips are geared towards medical students, they are also useful for premed or school students, looking to make the most out of their work experience! Try some of the tips below, to make sure you get the most out of any clinical attachments… Continue reading
What are my experiences of mental health? You ask.
That differs each day and depends on which face I mask.
Some days I wonder whether I even struggle,
My mind is content and happy like a mental cuddle!
I’ll feel warm, independent and ready to go,
Like a summer breeze inside me, I radiate, I glow.
Other days are darker, deeper and harder to navigate.
My love filled heart empties and it’s difficult to resuscitate.
Depression and low mood becomes the air that I breathe,
Anxiety fills my throat, enough to make me heave.
It’s not an easy task, living life not knowing what each day may bring,
I’ve got to remember the good memories though, the ones that make me sing.
I make self care a priority so when I’m met with dread, a horrible feeling,
I’ll take my head and heart for some rest and internal healing.
My mental health is a key part of me.
Living with mental illness makes me pay a hefty fee.
I do my best though to be open and help others suffering too,
We must make life a better place doing the little things, for me and for you xxx
Abbie Mitchell is young woman living with mental health problems including: Anxiety, Bulimia, Depression and general eating problems. In her personal time she is an activist and speaker raising awareness of: bereavement, grief, mental health, mental illness, stigma and suicide. She’s particularly interested in work that supports young people with mental health challenges.
The NHS has been under public scrutiny recently more than ever before. Why is this? Is it because people are using the NHS in a wreckless manner? Are these attempts to establish a national private health care service? Or is it because as a nation we are not educated enough on how we should use the NHS? I am extremely grateful for our NHS and sincerely hope that it still standing when I am old and crippling, but at the moment, I feel that the NHS in itself is crippling due to underfunding of resources and a lack of education to the British public on how to correctly use it!