This is depression and anxiety…

When I started this blog nearly 4 months ago I wanted to remain completely anonymous. If someone had told me back then that I would be posting photos of myself on here I would never have believed them. Back then, I was embarassed that I was struggling so much with mental illness. 

One of the reasons I want to post these particular photos of me is to show that people with depression and anxiety don’t spend their days looking miserable. When I decided to tell family members in Australia that I have depression and anxiety, they were genuinely shocked. They said that they had no idea or didn’t suspect anything. 

I am now able to talk more openly and honestly about how I am with the people in my life I trust. My view is that if being mentally ill makes others uncomfortable it is their issue not mine. 

These are some photos of me during our time in Australia…
   
With the lifeguards at Surfer’s Paradise

  
  

With some police at Surfer’s Paradise

  

Chilling with Pilot, Emma’s Shar Pei

  

At Australia Zoo

In Sydney near the Harbour Bridge  

  
   

Dave took these straight after my Meet the Dolphins experience

  
I couldn’t resist doing this when I came across it at Australia Zoo

 
Enjoying the sun by the Batmobile at Movieworld. 

I still have days when I find it hard. When I would rather stay in bed all day or not bother seeing people. Little things can require a lot of energy. But I refuse to let anxiety and depression define me. 

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18 thoughts on “This is depression and anxiety…

  1. Lovely to see you looking so happy, Gemma! You’re right that there will be times when you won’t feel like that, but recognising that is one of the most important parts of getting over it. You’re doing great! xx

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  2. theothersideofp says:

    That dog is gorgeous! I’m going to be travelling next year, Australia part of that so these pictures are so exciting for me ha:) x

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  3. You look like you had a really great time (and that dog is adorable!) I hate that some people think that just because you have one good day, you can’t be suffering from a long term illness, but I think it was very brave of you to post these photos. I hope you are well 🙂

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  4. Thank-you for this particularly the bit about you thinking that our family wouldn’t believe you about the depression. I often feel like this and it’s what has really stopped me talking to people about it. I am glad you have found the strength to start talking about such a difficult topic x

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  5. Fantastic photos I don’t think many people believe in my anxiety especially because I’m always smiling and making people laugh…its really awesome to relate to someone like yourself keep it up. (:

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