"Biggest misconception?"

Another question I'm excited to answer is "what do you think is the biggest misconception about mental health and how it affects you?"

I would say that the biggest misconception about how my mental health affects me is that when I can't, say, go for a night out on a bad day, it must mean that I'm permanently incapable of going on a night out. This is simply not the case.

I love socialising - on a good day. However, people assume if you say you can't go on a night out because your anxiety's bad, then there's no point ever inviting you out again.

No, no, no.

This is an assumption that feeds isolation, when we ought to be encouraging inclusion. There is nothing worse for an anxiety / depression sufferer than to log onto Facebook or Twitter and see photos of their friends at a party they weren't invited to, despite the fact that they're feeling pretty good at the moment. For me personally, instances like this feed my inner self-loathing monster, and convince me I'm just no fun, and that my friends don't actually want me around. You can see how that can get very dark very quickly, right?