Life in a Bind – BPD and me

My therapy journey, recovering from Borderline Personality Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I write for welldoing.org , for Planet Mindful magazine, and for Muse Magazine Australia, under the name Clara Bridges. Listed in Top Ten Resources for BPD in 2016 by goodtherapy.org.


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Depression is like…..struggling to breathe

A couple of days ago I was honoured to have a guest post published by the brilliantly talented and inspiringly honest Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers. In the introduction to the post, she described me as “a blogger who at times seems to be reading my mind“. The feeling is entirely mutual! I am so glad I discovered her award-winning blog and I want to thank her for her for writing and for sharing her struggles, and for her understanding.

My guest post was inspired by one of her own pieces, called ‘What do you mean you can’t breathe? There’s loads of air in here, which I shared through my most recent post on this site. Her own post was itself inspired by an image comparing depression with asthma. The image made a big impression on me, just as it had on her and on her readers, and my guest post grew out of me pondering why it was so much more powerful (in my opinion) than other images of its kind. The guest post can be found here, and while you’re on her site, please do check out some of her excellent writing!

http://sunnyspellsandscatteredshowers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/guest-post.html

 

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Depression is like….Reblog-ish

A few days ago, well-known blogger and mental health campaigner Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers, shared an image through her Facebook page which clearly (given the number of ‘likes’ it received!) made a big impression on her readers. The image, from Minds Like Ours, compared Depression with asthma, but, to quote Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers, “we often see images comparing depression to diabetes or other chronic illnesses, but this one seemed to pack more of a punch”. 

Inspired by the response to the image, she wrote an excellent and thought-provoking post called ‘What do you mean you can’t breathe? There’s loads of air in here‘. It’s an impassioned plea for more research into mental illness. Fund-raising and awareness-raising campaigns are hugely important, but as the post itself concludes, “so much more is needed“.

The post can be found here – please do check it out (as well as some of her other fantastic writing!):

http://sunnyspellsandscatteredshowers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/what-do-you-mean-you-cant-breathe.html