“Autism is not me. Autism is just an information processing problem that controls who I am”
– Donna Williams, author of Nobody, Nowhere and Somebody, Somewhere
As many as one in three people can have some difficulty with sleeping. However, there are many things you can do to help yourself. This leaflet aims to show you some of them. For example, simple things like winding down before bedtime, avoiding certain foods and drinks, and a bedtime routine can help.
.About 1 in 10 mothers develop postnatal depression. Support and understanding from family, friends and sometimes from a professional such as a health visitor can help you to recover. Other treatment options include psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy or antidepressant medicines.
The Time to Talk campaign is music to my ears. Every year, it encourages people to talk about mental health problems like depression - to show how common they are, and how they don't need to be hard to talk about. Doctors have long since moved away from seeing depression as a 'lack of moral fibre', something that could be sorted if you just pulled yourself together. The Great British Public, sadly, still often sees it as a source of shame.
What is generalised anxiety disorder?
Depression is common. Symptoms can affect day-to-day life and can become very distressing. Treatments include talking (psychological) treatments and antidepressant medicines. Treatment takes time to work but has a good chance of success. Some people have repeated episodes of depression and require long-term treatment to keep symptoms away.