Stress Awareness Month 2018: The Effects of Stress On The Body

In honour of Stress Awareness Month, this post is the second of the 4 week series all about stress. In the first post: ‘An Introduction to Stress‘, the types of stress (i.e. distress vs. eustress) were introduced. This week, I’ll be focusing on the short-term and long-term effects of stress. Stress can impact us in many ways: physiologically, emotionally, mentally, behaviourally,  socially etc. I’ll be focusing on the physiological and the emotional impacts of stress. Physiological Effects of Stress Flight or Flight Response The Flight or Flight response is our body’s response when we feel a strong emotion like fear

Faces of Depression Project: Meg’s Story

NAME: Meg Colt AGE: 26* LOCATION: Fernandina Beach, FL* OCCUPATION: Freelance Writer* “My name is Meg, and I have struggled with both anxiety and depression for most of my life. It took me many years to become truly aware of my mental illness, but my first memories of struggling with it go all the way back to my childhood. Looking back now, I presented symptoms of anxiety as early as seven years old, and odds are that was because of the trauma I experienced in childhood. My mother died of cancer when I was five, and after that I spent many years being

Faces of Depression Project: Leah’s Story

NAME: Leah Alder AGE: 16* LOCATION: Durham* ​ “I have struggled with my Mental Health since I was a very young age , I have always been  an anxious child but when my Anxiety began to effect my daily life my mum contacted my GP and I was referred to CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Service). My Depression however soon came along, and I began isolating myself not intentionally but my mood was getting lower and lower, my ability to concentrate slowly started to deteriorate and I lost interest in pretty much everything. Things I enjoyed such as, Dancing, shopping, seeing

Faces of Depression Project: Olivia’s Story

NAME: Olivia Lomas AGE: 24* LOCATION: Cornwall, UK* ​ “My battle with depression started at a very young age of 10. It was if someone had just switched of the lights, I gave up doing things I liked, I didn’t want to spend time with anyone. I felt hopeless, anxious and confused by what was happening. As I got older others noticed the changes. I also suffer with eating disorders and severe anxiety – I started having treatment at 14 I was put on antidepressants and regular therapy. But not much changed and I had I suicide attempt when I was 17 and

Faces of Depression Project: Nicholas’ Story

NAME: Nicholas Wojtas AGE: 28* LOCATION: Ottowa, Ontario, CA* OCCUPATION: Professional Photographic Artist* “Anxiety doesn’t make us any different from anyone else – it makes us the same as everyone else. At different times in our lives – this negative feeling – can be crippling to all of us. It can hold us back rather than let us move forward. Those moments in our lives are the hardest moments because we must take action and take control back. Having said this – we whom have an Anxiety Disorder are not weak at all. We are strong and brave to endure and find paths