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Chris Frederick MHFA Posted 2 months ago
Are you anything like me and suffer from all forms of Anxiety / Depression disorders?

Then you add ‘SAD’ Seasonal Affective Disorder where you simply don’t want to leave the house or the bed.

So trying to get yourself moving physically can have amazing benefits for your wellbeing if you live with mental illness.

See some great home tips that can help alot.


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    • loislane 13th November 2021 at 3:46 pm

      Anxiety, SAD, depression, yep it’s all there

    • Plumcake 13th November 2021 at 4:09 pm

      Yep, I’ve had a few weeks in bed every day not gone to my volunteer job. Not eating and drinking alcohol to try and get to sleep to block the day out, I pushed myself out of bed last week to get my cat to vet and do my voluntary work. Then relapsed back into it again, But this week I have gone to the job and done shopping and cooking and eating again as usual. And no longer afraid to gout the front door or into my lovely little garden. Listening to music again instead of filling my time watching tv.
      So much to catch up on. House a mess and garden but it will get done gradually.
      I have tried to print that 15 ways to get moving, but cannot get the right side of the poster printed. Only got half of it. Grr!
      So I can overcome it.
      I’ve been on anti depressants ages now but maybe they need changing. that means having some kind of decent chat to a GP Ha ha
      I dont even get a doc ring me back just a nurse.

    • Shirlann 13th November 2021 at 4:56 pm

      Would be easy to be but got to go shop and babysit granddaughter 😏😁

    • BevD 13th November 2021 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Chris, I have found that depression and anxiety/worry responds well to a self-help technique that I found, based on acupressure. It’s an Emotional freedom technique (EFT) called tapping. It’s short and fairly simple, might be worth a try. Here’s a link :


      All the best,

    • Chris Frederick MHFA 13th November 2021 at 5:46 pm
    • BevD 13th November 2021 at 5:50 pm

      Oh well good luck with that, let us know how you get on 🙂

    • Chris Frederick MHFA 13th November 2021 at 5:54 pm
    • Superspace pilot 13th November 2021 at 6:28 pm

      diazapam best cure,but dont b moron and overdose just now and again

      • Chris Frederick MHFA 13th November 2021 at 6:31 pm

        Pams are helpful short term but not to become dependent on them.

        • loislane 13th November 2021 at 6:43 pm

          I’m not a fan of drugs at all, but they’re saying magic mushrooms are getting a thumbs up, being tested

        • Chris Frederick MHFA 13th November 2021 at 7:14 pm

          Please keep us posted on this 👍🏾

        • loislane 13th November 2021 at 7:28 pm

          I will do my best

        • Mad Ralph 13th November 2021 at 9:22 pm

          Your right Lois and the early signs in the various study’s has been positive from what I’ve read.

          I used to take mushrooms in my late teens and I’m a massive advocate for there use in medicine.
          When they get the dose right I think it’s going to be a massive leap in the treatment of mental health issues.

          I’ve even thought about joining a trial myself.


        • loislane 14th November 2021 at 12:27 am

          That would be so good if it works out,

        • Mad Ralph 14th November 2021 at 12:47 am

          Yes I agree. I have great faith in it as well. At the most dark and stressful period in my life I believe the affects of psilocybin may well have saved my life. The recent studies along with brain scans show that it connects parts of the brain that either lie dormant or don’t usually communicate with each other. It’s quite profound and isn’t something that’s been engineered in a lab, it’s completely natural.

        • Chris Frederick MHFA 14th November 2021 at 2:18 am

          Found this very useful Psilocybin Foundation in London


        • HH 2021 14th November 2021 at 6:03 pm

          I take it this isn’t common knowledge? I’ve never heard of this, but god if it helps it will be fantastic.

          I’m lucky enough never to have suffered with depression, but a couple of really close family members have…… one of them being my daughter.

          It’s awful seeing how it affects her, and how it affects people around her, breaks your heart 💔

        • Mad Ralph 14th November 2021 at 8:25 pm

          Yes it’s common knowledge but it’s still in the testing phase and hasn’t been approved yet.

        • HH 2021 14th November 2021 at 8:32 pm

          Let’s hope it will be it will help so many people xxx

        • Mad Ralph 14th November 2021 at 8:58 pm

          It’s a really exciting time in my opinion 😎😎😎

        • Chris Frederick MHFA 14th November 2021 at 9:10 pm

          That’s very insightful thanks for positing. So far the research I’ve done suggests advancement in North America in particular the West Coast. Could be a while before we see it here in Boots 😊

          Looks like I should head to LA for my 3-month sabbatical 👏🏾👏🏾

        • Mad Ralph 14th November 2021 at 10:19 pm

          😂😂 I might come with you 😃

          Seriously tho, when she talks about de fragging and putting things in order, I experienced this. I was in a park and looking up towards the sky, parts of a puzzle 🧩 were drifting down towards me. (If you remember the game Tetris this is the closest thing I can relate it to)

          The parts of the puzzle were problems and unanswered questions relating to my life at that time. As they came lower I was able to separate them and place them in a logical order. They all fitted together and life seemed so simple & perfect.

          This effect didn’t diminish as the drug wore off either, I knew the answers.
          One thing I can’t remember is how long I felt like this tho, was it weeks or months? I’m not sure ☹️

          These problems weren’t problems anymore. As I said in the earlier post, this experience is profound, life changing even.

          I’d jump at the chance to take mushrooms again. I wouldn’t even hesitate.

        • Chris Frederick MHFA 14th November 2021 at 11:56 pm

          I do wonder about the potential addiction factor 💭

        • Mad Ralph 15th November 2021 at 9:34 am

          Yes that’s a good point, there’s also the danger of a so called, bad trip.
          Instead of the experience being an enjoyable one I’ve heard it can be terrifying in some instances.
          It definitely needs a longer study to make sure it’s safe for all mental health conditions.
          (Schizophrenia for instance)

        • Chris Frederick MHFA 19th November 2021 at 4:59 am
        • Chris Frederick MHFA 19th November 2021 at 5:12 am

          Paul Stamets is a leader in this field for over 40 years and worth following his work:

          https://fungi.com/ for actual packaged supplements

    • Necz 13th November 2021 at 7:12 pm

      Yes am really struggling with panic attacks and depression

    • Chi 13th November 2021 at 11:18 pm

      I would recommend any form of exercise outdoors. Walking, jogging, cycling – just get outside. It is great for mental health and wellbeing. Do the Couch to 5k – anyone can (I did) but you have got to want to break the cycle of anxiety. I know lots of people who have managed to come off anti-depressants through exercise.

    • ChrisPhotographer 15th November 2021 at 9:44 am

      I have Agoraphobia, Anxiety with Panic attacks, PTSD, Bipolar & Clinical / Major depression. Possible BPD. some of theses brought on because of my many, many physical illnesses.. 🙁

      • Mad Ralph 15th November 2021 at 12:08 pm

        😲 Sorry to hear that it sounds terrible, it does remind me to count my blessings.

      • Chris Frederick MHFA 15th November 2021 at 12:31 pm

        Chris what support are you receiving mate?

        • ChrisPhotographer 11th December 2021 at 6:00 am

          I don’t get any support. I asked my GP for an urgent referral ( about 3 yrs ago ), to see my Psychiatrist to amend my meds & deal with suicidal thoughts, they eventually got back to me with a letter from a third party organisation in December 2020, saying they would contact me by 6th January, it also said if they couldn’t contact me or I didn’t need them anymore, after the 6th I would be taken off their books, guess what no contact. I later, ( about March ) got a phone call from I think they was called ‘ Recovery ‘, we was on the call for nearly two hours, promised me lots of help & support. Still not heard anything. Because of some of my illnesses, ( I had a massive heart attack a few years ago, at the time one lung collapsed the other 3/4 filled with fluid, it all backfired throughout by body, leaving me with a few illnesses: ( Angina, Coronary & Congestive heart failure, COPD, Bad circulation, Low blood pressure, Scarred & fluid on Lungs with lung impairment, Diabetes ( meds & insulin ), ED ( Erectile Dysfunction,) :'( Hypothyroidism, Scarred kidneys, Cirrhosis Liver ( non alcoholic ), Auto immune deficiency, B12 deficiency & Pernicious anemia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Osteo & Rheumatoid Arthritis, I already had Cervical Spondylosis, 2 trapped nerves in lower lumbar & PTSD, so no surprise Clinical Depression then recently diagnosed Bi-Polar. I also have Anxiety with Panic attacks & not been out of the house for over two, nearly three years!!! ), the anti depressant & mood enhancer I am on, requires me to have regular ( 3 monthly ) ECG’s, I have not had one since becoming ‘ housebound ‘, because of this I am too scared to take them meds! Obviously with Covid & lockdowns I haven’t seen my Diabetic Specialist, COPD clinic, Thyroid or Podiatry checks, Retinopathy scan for annual reviews or seen a Optician, ( supposed to see one yearly for now coming up for three years! I have since changed GP, but they promise help that hasn’t happened yet.. I now spend about twenty hours a day ( sometimes for 5 – 8 days at a time ) lay in my bed staring at the ceiling or crying myself to sleep, sometimes waking up to a wet pillow from even crying in my sleep. If I am lucky when on a ‘ High ‘ I may get up for a few days, then the cycle starts again!!! Sorry for such a long winded post, I think it was the only way to answer correctly!!!

        • ChrisPhotographer 11th December 2021 at 6:22 am

          I forgot to add, that I don’t even get Financial support, I used to get PIP & Disability premiums, but after an ATOS assessment they took it all off me, saying that I no longer qualified for it. So now I am on less than £400 a month. I know money is not ‘ everything ‘ but it did help with me going out ( Buses, Taxis, Train fares etc. ) & enjoying my hobbies ie: Photography, Countryside, Gardening & a few others that I just don’t do anymore. I don’t even go in my garden if the neighbours are out, if I am in the house & they see me through the window, I drop down & scurry off to where they can no longer see me!!! At least they can’t see me in my bedroom..

      • loislane 15th November 2021 at 2:59 pm

        How are you left feeling with all of that?😢

        • ChrisPhotographer 11th December 2021 at 6:05 am

          Horrible, Sad , Emotional ( I can burst into floods of tears at seemingly nothing ), Annoyed, Lonely, Alone, Drained, Miserable, Depressed, in Pain, Useless & a Mess!!!

    • Kenton 17th November 2021 at 2:41 pm

      No luckily but you have my sympathy. 🧑‍🏫

    • Shirlann 11th December 2021 at 12:23 pm

      This government is causing more depression and anxiety in fact most governments all over the western world 🤔 although would of thought most free thinking people would be getting a bit wiser by now 😏🙃

    • mollyparsum 14th December 2021 at 8:19 am

      I think it’s not only the western world’s issue. But I noticed that people from less developed countries have fewer mental health problems in general. But I guess they just don’t have their mental health system as developed as we do. A few of them visit psychologists, for example. We in the UK have a lot of mental health problems and suffer mentally…that’s critical. Of course, there are some stuff like https://topgrows.com/best-weed-subscription-boxes/ to relax, but I doubt it can cure the mental issues…but at least, cuts the pain.