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Posted: 22 September 2017
 
How blogging helped me be me again
 
Hi everyone!

I'm a new guest blogger here at Click For Therapy so I guess an introduction is in order!

My name is Melanie-Jessica and I'm an 18 year old girl living in the United Kingdom. I am a Medical Laboratory Assistant for NHS England but in my spare time, I run a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog called Melanie With An ie.

I've been a sufferer of mental health issues for many years now and have been diagnosed with Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The title of my post is one that requires a small back story so sit tight and bear with me!

In the later part of 2016, my anxiety and depression took over my life and due to logistical issues and waiting times for therapy, I was put on Sertraline 75mg. For a while things went OK but the antidepressants messed with my mood and as I result, I lost all my friends, all but dropped out of college and became really unwell because I wasn't eating or sleeping. I was a shadow of my former self and in March 2017, I was admitted to hospital because of my deteriorating mental and physical state.

After being discharged from hospital, I found life hard and had lost all my independence. I was given no support or help. For 2 months I spent everyday under my duvet and struggling to actually live but I then decided to set up a blog and channel my negative energy into something positive.

And that's where I am today!

Blogging about something I was passionate about helped me make more progress in a month than I ever thought possible. In just 2 more months, I was able to return to college to finish my course and by the June of 2017, I had been successful in getting my dream job within the NHS.

Setting up a blog is something that I think people associate with younger adults or even teenagers but there's no age limit to them. They give you an outlet to share with the world what you love and are passionate about and you get to connect with other people with the same interests as you.

I found, for me, that it made me get out the house or do something with my day because I needed new content to post and that wasn't going to come from sitting under my duvet all day!

It's not a fail safe option and I still do require support from the mental health service and therapists but it's a good place to start while waiting for support and help to become available.

I like that you have so much control over what you post, when you post, how it looks and this is amazing for when you feel out of control.

Blogging isn't going to work for everyone but it's how I became a lot happier and pulled myself up from a dark place while waiting for additional help.

Being a guest blogger here, I thought this would be a good post to start off with to let you know who I am, why I do what I do and how it helps me. And through that, I hope that it can help other people too! I didn't want something too long and ramble-y to start off with! Quantity is not always quality!

Thank you for reading!
 
Written by: Melanie Jessica
 
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