BDTN Editor speaks out about mental health
As more and more people with mental health are having money stopped by the DWP BDTN Editor Ste Matthew Murray speaks out about mental health and the way mental health people are treated.
Only this week I had my money stopped by government as I was found fit for work although I never leave the house alone through anxiety and depression and panic in situations where there is loads of people and other personal stuff I don't want to go into.
Before I carry on for you Tories reading this I don't make money from being editor of this news site (Sad that I have to prove myself in a free country) but that's Tory Britain for you.
When I kept getting my letters from the DWP to go to a medical it made my anxiety levels rise and I missed a couple of appointments but did cancel by the way I just never not turned up, the second time I cancelled my appointment the girl in the DWP call centre never cancelled my appointment so I got sanctioned after fighting it with massive help from CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau) I won my case and they rang me up personally to apologise.
So when I won my case I had to go to another medical and that's when they found me "fit for work" but I don't want to go on too much about the DWP or even money it's not about that why I am doing this it's about mental health.
I can only talk about my own mental health as everybody's mental health is different but I would like to describe what serious anxiety doe to me.
People would say I'm a prisoner in my own home which is kind of true but that would be other people's view or opinion of me but the way I describe it is I'm a prisoner in my own head it's like world war 3 in my head sometimes, Sometimes I'm telling myself you'll be fine but at the same time I'm arguing with myself in my head telling myself everything is NOT going to be fine and danger is around the corner when really it isn't.
When anxiety levels rise higher you feel in danger as if someone is going to kill you or you are going to die somehow and the feeling of anxiety when this happens is like being in an electric chair that is connected to your nervous system as you can imagine it's not nice and it causes massive panic attacks and the shakes.
Some people think because you haven't got a physical disability you haven't got a disability at all which of course isn't true sometimes mental health disabilities can be worse than physical disabilities.
There is no help out there for people like me, yes ok there is a psychologist you can go and see which your doctor can sort for you but the sad thing is it can be up to 6-12 months waiting list which doesn't help when you need to speak to someone now.
Mental Health is real and it needs to be talked about like any other disability and don't be afraid to speak about it, it's totally normal to have anxiety and it's OK to speak out.
Depression, anxiety, obsession and mental health
Rethink Mental Illness
The Mental Health Foundation
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)
Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)
Cruse Bereavement Care
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Action
Panic and anxiety
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