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I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist experienced in working with a wide range of mental health problems and emotional distress. I help people to overcome their difficulties by working together with them and drawing on their own strengths. I offer therapy in a warm, safe and non-judgemental space using individualised evidence-based approaches. Most of my experience has been in working with long standing and complex mental health difficulties. Other experiences include: Clinical lead for a DBT team; working with, children in foster care, helping families with attachment difficulties, and working with children with autism and learning disabilities. I am also passionate about attending to both mind and body when addressing mental health and well-being and if appropriate I incorporate this in therapeutic work.

Too Functional to Have Mental Illness?

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It’s true that we all have some kind of psychological struggle that can easily develop into a mental illness. And most psychologists will tell you that mental illnesses are usually the main reason behind one’s inability to function properly. There are fighters who keep their battles inside while being ‘too functional to have their mental illness taken seriously,’, they too experience breakdowns that are just natural and expected.
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When you are one of these people, relate to those who understand your fight and who are willing to provide you with the essential understanding you need. Know that you have a real challenge that you are facing on a daily basis and that it’s not just a silly thought. Knowing this and accepting it will allow you to face it even better.
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The next time someone opens up to you or you choose to open up to someone about experiencing mental illness, don’t be discouraged if you are met with disbelief. Trust yourself to know what is going on with you and continue looking for the person that listens and engages with you.
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As someone who found help from a mental health profession who cared, I can say with all my soul: keep seeking until you find the right person. Some people just don’t get it. My therapist said that those of us who battle the darkness are in a kind of brother/sisterhood. We’ve stared darkness in the face. We’ve stood before death and lived to tell about it. Most will never understand that. Find help from those that do. Much love to everyone commenting here. My heart is for you and your continued fight.
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My sister believes that my Dads depression is worse than mine. She describes him as 'clinically depressed'. He has no routine or anyone else to care for but himself, while I have 3 kids to care for. Why is my depression any different than his? Just because I force myself to give my children what they need, I'm not clinically depressed?
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I co own my own business and have to force myself daily to show up and perform. It's beyond difficult lately and I feel like with any other job I would have lost it by now with how poorly I've been feeling and doing. It's a facade that I'm doing well and have to function and pretend as best I can while in public.
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This is so me and it’s so hard to get help I keep getting told “you are doing so well” from my mental health team I have BPD and anxiety these people don’t see me every day to see what I go through on a bad day xx
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I work as an independent consultant and I'm 26 years old. I also have Bi polar disorder, Anorexia and PTSD. If I wouldn't say anything no one would suspect that I struggle on a regular basis. People dont see how I crash from exhaustion on those bad days or my manic episodes where I'm just wired and get so much work done. I've always been a determined over achiever. My colleagues are impressed at where I'm at considering my age but it's really a double edged sword.
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I don't like to burden people with my mental illness and because of that no one understands how bad it can get, sometimes it's so hard just be dismissed as being 'silly' or 'you'll be fine' I have no one to really talk to who understands what's it's like to fight your way through a day with a smile on your face
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Every time I went to a counsellor they didn’t know what to do with me. Sitting there clearly ‘calm’ and This woman couldn’t possibly suffer with anxiety. I was difficult to treat apparently. I’m sorry I couldn’t turn myself into a nervous wreck to make your job easier before each session. flushed face in the end i counselled myself. So bloody frustrating!!
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There's times in my head.. I want to shout n yell.. leave me alone.. it's not a phase.. it's not trying to get attention.. it's a leave me alone.. I don't have any energy to play happy face..
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We fight to function and are warriors with our “invisible illness”. However - I feel like we struggle so hard to be “presentable” just to go out - it is not always invisible. Like when we are sleep deprived, anxiety surfaces in other physcial ailments. For my grandma it was a rash every time she would get overwhelmed. My skin breaks out too. Not to mention doing hair or makeup. Routine for some, tough for us on difficult days
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I hate this. When people come up to you and say,"oh you don't look or act like you've got depression. Not like my depression. It's worst and it's real." I mean seriously?!? WTH
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