It’s been a while since my last work update – August has been as busy as always, with work including my first health feature for the i newspaper, and a native content collaboration with Closer and the British Army, which I’ll share more about in an upcoming blog post. I was also delighted, earlier in the month, to attend the launch party of The Femedic – an exciting new educational website from Curated Digital that’s dedicated to tackling taboos around women’s health.
August’s work highlight was chatting with Laura Murphy, founder of the Vicious Cycle: Making PMDD Visible campaign, about medical sexism and her experiences of severe PMS. It’s such a glaring example of where science and medicine fall short on women’s health, and Laura’s doing an amazing job of raising awareness while also tackling the condition herself. I’ve also written about supporting a loved one with mental health problems, and the impact of booze on getting over heartbreak.
My PMS is so bad I’m having my womb removed – for i News:
I’ve suffered from hormone sensitivity since I was a teenager. For years I would go to the doctor and receive the same response: ‘it’s just PMS, it’s what all women go through’.
After 20 years of being dismissed and going through a process of trial and error with treatments, I’m now waiting to undergo my last resort: a hysterectomy.
At its worst, PMDD feels like a deep bereavement every month. I would be fine for two weeks and then suddenly floored by depression for five or six days before each period.
How Much Do Drink And Drugs Stop Us Getting Over A Break-Up? – for The Debrief:
‘Most nights would end with me in tears after a few too many shots of tequila,’ says 27-year-old Babs. She is, of course, talking about a breakup.
And no matter how amicable the intentions of a breakup, they’re always pretty messy. Whether it’s untangling yourself from shared flat rentals and bills, letting go of their friends and family, or even just returning the old T-shirt of theirs you’ve been sleeping in since the second date. There are stereotypical ways to handle these things – the ice cream, the sobbing, the days in a dressing gown – and there’s advice, but so little of it can seem to help.
‘When you’re young, emotions in relationships run very high. Developing a relationship is not just about having fun together, but also about forming your own identity in relation to the other person,’ explains Marc Hekster, consultant psychologist at Insight London. So, when a relationship ends – particularly if it’s been really intense – it can feel like you’re losing a part of yourself,’
How to support a friend or partner with a mental health problem – for NetDoctor:
At least one in four of us will struggle with our mental health at some point in our lives – so why are we still so bad at talking about it? Mental health stigma has come on a long way in recent years, but when faced with a friend or partner who’s struggling, many of us still feel uncomfortable, or panic about saying the wrong thing.
It doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re concerned about someone important in your life, here are six ways you can help them seek the support they need.
IF YOU NEED SUPPORT
Please note that I am NOT a psychologist or healthcare professional. If you are struggling with mental health problems, contact Mind on 0300 123 3393 or Rethink Mental Health on 0300 5000 927. In a crisis, call the free, 24/7 Samaritans helpline on 116 123.
However, if you would like to get in touch about your own experiences, or a story that you’re keen to tell, please feel free to drop me an email.