Welcome to My Complex Crazy
An introduction to the who, what, why, where and when of My Complex Crazy - living with multiple mental health conditions.
Oh wow... Did I think three years' ago that I would be here? Not on your life! Yet here I am...
Welcome to My Complex Crazy.
Most people will have times in their life when their mental health is not great, and these periods can be brief or chronic, minor or major, just like a lot of physical illnesses.
Two years ago I crumbled with a major breakdown, which was later diagnosed as Complex-PTSD. At the same time I also fell into a relapse of my eating disorder. My very brief history with mental health has seen me endure two long episodes of clinical depression, once around 1992 and then around 2000.
By 2010 life was great! I seemed to have fully recovered, I was managing life well and I thought those dark times were behind me. How wrong was I?
During the past two years I have been on a roller-coaster of a journey. On this journey I got VERY frustrated about the lack of awareness, information and advice out there for us, the Joe Bloggs of the world, to help people who live with complex-PTSD/PTSD. Cue My Complex Crazy.
In a nutshell, here are the reasons I am developing this blog:
* Two years ago I started a downward spiral into my latest crash and relapse of C-PTSD and my eating disorder.
* Two years ago I never knew that PTSD and eating disorders have scientific links, do you?
* Two years ago I really wished that there had been a central point where I could get information to understand why I am the way I am, and to realise that all the things that I am facing are probably intertwined and linked. It took me weeks of researching, reading and talking to health professionals to understand the links.
* Two years ago I used to be a chief officer of a government health initiative. (I have a background in health promotion, health education and physical activity development). I now work full-time on my recovery while helping my young children thrive. I want to use my skills and qualifications while also drawing on my own story to help, encourage, support and inspire others.
My Complex Crazy aims to shed light on living with complex-PTSD. It aims to be open, frank and honest about the conditions, about living with the condition, and also about treatment options and recovery. It aims to act as a focal point for information, advice and support.
I'll share my own story and healing journey, which I am still on, along the way. External contributors will also share their stories and advice, alongside health professionals who also want to contribute. This mix will hopefully provide a wide variety of helpful articles and advice for people and carers alike.
The blog is in its infancy and I will be influenced by YOU as to what questions you would like to get answers to, what areas you want to understand more. Perhaps it those queries that you've always wanted to ask somebody but you have either been too afraid or embarrassed to. Or what area in your illness you most struggle with or have found answers to. Just contact me with your ideas.
Likewise, if you would like to share your story or you feel that you can contribute to the blog, or you would like to collaborate with me in some other way I would love to hear from you!
I love this quote. In my darkest hours it brings a little bit of comfort and spurs me on to keep fighting and to recover. We are all here for a reason.
“Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.”