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  • Unnamed (lyrics) :: :: Signpost UK
    can see no skies Then you go and run and hide Loneliness is by your side Jumping through puddles That are cried by the rain Deep inside you feel the pain Loneliness is here again The colours in my eyes Match the deep blue skies And in this burnt out city There s a face so full of pity Closing your mind to The distance of time A cyclothymic mind

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/unnamed-lyrics (2016-02-16)
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  • The Cyclothymia Workbook :: Book :: Signpost UK
    discover which treatments are effective learn how to monitor your feelings and manage your moods manage your relationships more effectively maintain and build on your successes Book review After reading through The Cyclothymia Workbook I learnt and understood a lot more about this complex disorder I was able to pick out a number of traits that are mentioned in this book in relation to this disorder which is neither publicised

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/books/cyclothymia-workbook (2016-02-16)
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  • My story - a personal account of living with anorexia :: :: Signpost UK
    a treat The thought of eating in future gave me something to look forward to but actually wouldn t happen because I d then feel too guilty or that I was losing control if I had food Often I felt like I didn t deserve to eat at all I also associated food with work so I started eating more when it was A level exam time but then cutting back in the holidays afterwards I would always look at myself in the mirror a lot and go to the chemist to weigh myself on the scales hoping the number went downwards I wasn t forward in asking for help I confided in my mum that I hadn t been having periods and so she took me to the GPs At that time the GP seemed not to understand only said not to lose more weight and it may be a hormone problem I ended up referred at the age of 17 to the gynaecological department of a local hospital where they would weigh me One week the weight reading was out a lower weight than I actually was that day The word anorexia was used something I found confusing when I had actually been eating more From then on I made weight loss even more of a purpose as though I couldn t let down the assumptions of the medical professionals who had met me I fell into the trap of seeing anorexia as an identity since I wasn t sure who else I was or what I wanted to do next The actual diagnosis was from a consultant psychiatrist I still was reluctant to engage with help going off to university not fully convinced this would sort things out but not wanting to pass up the opportunity I couldn t cope with the student life especially socially and instead just thought about the academic side I hardly ate although in my head I was having too much of what were only bits of bread Six months later I was in hospital having nearly died through the weight loss and its impact on my body For over four years when in my early twenties I stayed in inpatient and residential units putting on weight trying to maintain it slipping back I stayed in a private clinic where there was a full range of groups and therapy It was hard to let go of the eating disorder and even now in my thirties I can still feel a lot of distress about food But I know that if I put my energies into strict dieting again I would have no energy to live and do the things I take part in now It is a case of living with the eating distress rather than being free of it but I can eat a wider range of foods I do know that other people despite reaching a serious stage often do achieve full recovery Everyone is different and it is important

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/node/1071 (2016-02-16)
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  • Kent Stop Smoking Service :: Help and Support :: Signpost UK
    prepare for your quit date how to deal with cravings and tips on keeping motivated Smoking and Mental health did you know People with a serious mental health need can die up to 25 years younger than the general population mainly due to conditions caused or worsened by smoking Smokers with schizophrenia spend more than one quarter of their total income on cigarettes Tars in tobacco smoke can interfere with some psychiatric medications Even highly addicted smokers with a mental health need can quit and are more likely to succeed using the Stop Smoking Service and a combination of medications than going it alone Stopping smoking one step further toward recovery You might use smoking as a crutch a boredom reliever or a way to socialise You may view smoking as a choice the right you have to exercise your free will We think it s crucial to recognise that addiction is not a choice but smoking is Sometimes life can seem out of our control but stopping smoking is one way we can regain our independence Most smokers want to quit so by tackling something you no longer want in your life not only will this benefit your physical health but your mental health will also improve Just think about how kicking a harmful addiction would make you feel proud happy healthy free Even if you have tried to quit in the past and have not been successful remember a relapse is a slip not a failure You can use what you ve learned from your past experiences to help you try again Your efforts will not go to waste Quitting smoking is an integral part of your recovery a great step towards bettering your health and wellbeing Read on to find out how one of our clients exercised

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/help-and-support/kent-stop-smoking-service (2016-02-16)
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  • A new Jo :: :: Signpost UK
    There was a lot of bitchiness and we were working really long hours Having the counselling made me feel more confident And I finally felt confident enough to hand in my notice at work I knew I would miss the children I worked with so it was not an easy decision KCA referred me to mcch where I met Paula When I arrived despite having had the counselling and building up my confidence enough to hand in my notice at work I was really nervous and slumped in a chair wearing a baseball cap to cover my face as much as possible But Paula and her colleague Jim helped me realise that I was worth something as a person They had a really positive outlook and used positive comments all the time We met every week and I began to regard them as friends I started to trust them and felt more positive about myself On one occasion for example they told me I had a lovely smile No one had ever said anything nice like that to me before and it meant so much to have someone say something so nice It felt like someone cared No one had ever made me feel like that before I didn t feel alone anymore And even though my emotions were still up and down I knew I could call them for support My confidence and self esteem were so low I didn t know how to meet people how to shake someone s hand or look people in the eye and smile I had no idea about body language and how my body language might affect how people responded to me They taught me about how to come across in a more positive way We did pretend interviews so that I could practise We did my vocational profile which helped me realise what my strengths and abilities were I learnt how to do a CV and about the importance of a good supporting statement when applying for jobs They pointed me towards job vacancies which might be good for me I began to work my way through MyGuide and it opened up a new world for me I learnt how to shop online how to use the computer to send emails and budget I had never really used a computer before but now I have my own laptop And I got a certificate as I completed each module of the MyGuide course I applied for few jobs and each time I would get a text from Paula telling me she was proud of me and that I was doing well Just before I started going for interviews I decided to have a change of image and really make myself new Jo I had previously worn shapeless baggy clothes and had my hair tied back away from my face I often wore a baseball cap to cover my face as much as possible But I went and had a new feminine and

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/new-jo (2016-02-16)
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  • My story - a personal account of living with anorexia :: :: Signpost UK
    a treat The thought of eating in future gave me something to look forward to but actually wouldn t happen because I d then feel too guilty or that I was losing control if I had food Often I felt like I didn t deserve to eat at all I also associated food with work so I started eating more when it was A level exam time but then cutting back in the holidays afterwards I would always look at myself in the mirror a lot and go to the chemist to weigh myself on the scales hoping the number went downwards I wasn t forward in asking for help I confided in my mum that I hadn t been having periods and so she took me to the GPs At that time the GP seemed not to understand only said not to lose more weight and it may be a hormone problem I ended up referred at the age of 17 to the gynaecological department of a local hospital where they would weigh me One week the weight reading was out a lower weight than I actually was that day The word anorexia was used something I found confusing when I had actually been eating more From then on I made weight loss even more of a purpose as though I couldn t let down the assumptions of the medical professionals who had met me I fell into the trap of seeing anorexia as an identity since I wasn t sure who else I was or what I wanted to do next The actual diagnosis was from a consultant psychiatrist I still was reluctant to engage with help going off to university not fully convinced this would sort things out but not wanting to pass up the opportunity I couldn t cope with the student life especially socially and instead just thought about the academic side I hardly ate although in my head I was having too much of what were only bits of bread Six months later I was in hospital having nearly died through the weight loss and its impact on my body For over four years when in my early twenties I stayed in inpatient and residential units putting on weight trying to maintain it slipping back I stayed in a private clinic where there was a full range of groups and therapy It was hard to let go of the eating disorder and even now in my thirties I can still feel a lot of distress about food But I know that if I put my energies into strict dieting again I would have no energy to live and do the things I take part in now It is a case of living with the eating distress rather than being free of it but I can eat a wider range of foods I do know that other people despite reaching a serious stage often do achieve full recovery Everyone is different and it is important

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/my-story-personal-account-living-anorexia (2016-02-16)
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  • Who I once was... :: :: Signpost UK
    again I felt quite a lot different to the person I am now I would go up to London about once a fortnight and stay over for a couple of days from the Saturday I would go into my room and look straight out of the window at all the tower cranes about eight in total then roll a smokie and put all my bits where I wanted them always in the same place as last time Sometimes I d have a coffee after rinsing out the kettle in the bathroom shower room or I would go straight out and head for Aldgate East underground and on to Embankment Villiers Street to the Strand towards Covent Garden and onto Charing Cross Road to G Smithesons my favourite tobacconists I would go through all the tobaccos and chat happily to Jamie and Jeremy In London I felt relaxed happy and free able to be whoever I wanted to be I would also go to Denmark Street for the music shops and then to the Radha Krishna temple where I would sometimes play mridunga the Hare Krishna drum then go to Govinda s Restaurant Sometimes I d visit Mayfair Saville Row and

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  • Thoughts of Home and Abroad - my journey to recovery :: :: Signpost UK
    I could talk to about my depressed and moody thoughts and feelings and who not only tolerated but also understood and empathised with me Really when I look back I remember how kind and generous people were to me even though I probably bored the pants off everyone Getting out and about having some fresh air and exercise and of course good company once a week was the start of my journey to recovery From there I signed up with Maggie to do some voluntary work and became involved in setting up groups and facilitating them as well as acting as a Service User Representative at various meetings I was keeping busy and doing something worthwhile and enjoyable at the same time I was giving something back Part of my motivation was to try to get back to work in some way form or other but I soon came to realise that what really is a very important part of nurturing a good mental health condition is quality of life That may mean very different things to different people but for me it means my life having some meaning and structure outside of my personal life and relationships At home

    Original URL path: http://www.signpostuk.org/thoughts-home-and-abroad-my-journey-recovery (2016-02-16)
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