A girl with too many thoughts...

More About Me

Hello and thanks for stopping by! Let me start by introducing myself...

My name is Lisa and I am a 19 year old Psychology student from the UK.

The purpose of 'Above Anxiety' is to talk about mental health (because let's face it, it's a bloomin' important thing to talk about!). One way in which I do this is by sharing with you my personal experience of mental illness.

At the age of 13 I began to develop symptoms of OCD.

This only got worse as more time went on and it was in sixth form, at the age of seventeen, when it became unmanageable. By this point things were pretty severe and it was having an extremely negative effect on my mood. I was constantly low, withdrawn and irritable, to the point where I no longer recognised myself - my personality had completely changed.

Enough was enough and for the first time, I went to the GP to seek help for my mental health (or to put it more accurately, my Mum dragged me to the GP to seek help for my mental health). I'm glad she did though because over a years' worth of CBT and Prozac later, I'm much more in control of my symptoms and this has enabled me to live my life like any other young adult (even if I do experience a lot of bumps along the way).

With all that had been going on though, I failed to realise that I was slipping into yet another dangerous mind set. My preoccupation with food (initially a symptom of my OCD) had shifted focus and this, combined with a few other factors, meant it wasn't long until I had become obsessed with calories and weight loss. 

At the age of eighteen (just over one year ago), I was diagnosed with a restrictive eating disorder. 

This had a considerable impact on my physical health and in May 2016, I was quite unwell. I was underweight, my blood pressure had dropped and all of this was effecting my heart. It was then that I knew I couldn't let this go any further - I had to take control. Since then, I have gained weight. I'm still underweight but I'm not restricting to the extent that I was. I continue to struggle with the thoughts every day but I'm fighting to get my health back.

It's not all bad though, because I somehow still made it to university, and that takes me to the present. Still struggling with an eating disorder, still physically unwell, but just about managing...

Why not follow me on my journey to becoming a fully functional adult?

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