Dearest Someone, is a blog dedicated to sharing personal stories of mental health. Led by one individual, Ella works to discuss matters that are personal to her own recovery, as well as others.
“Writing is very therapeutic for me, it’s an emotional outlet and a way for me to make sense of things. I struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, which -for me- has many symptoms that coincide with anxiety, manic behaviour and so forth. I began this blog as a way of reaching out to others who are going through similar struggles (I use the word struggle here as for me it does at times seem like a daily battle!)
“I also re-blog and share other stories (Mental Health related) that I find interesting – it’s great to see so many people sharing their story.
“The response I’ve received so far has been fantastic, and I hope to continue sharing my stories with others, and releasing my feelings. I regularly follow and track similar blogs, and individuals and it is a very positive action for me – I’m hoping that this blog will help to raise mental health awareness – offering support and a sense of understanding.”
Thanks for dropping by!
Where are you based?
I’m from Essex, but I’m based in Birmingham at the moment. I do travel around the UK a lot though; a lot of my time is spent in London. I also spend a lot of time in Cornwall, it’s somewhere that holds a lot of memories for me, and is one of my favourite places to be.
This is a ‘personal’ mental health blog, what have you been diagnosed with?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Why did you start this blog?
I started Dearest Someone, because when I’m really struggling with things I write letters, or diary entries. It’s something I’ve always done, I think that trying to explain yourself to a stranger (someone) often allows you to view things from a different perspective. It also makes you think about what you are feeling, which I think is always a good thing.
Also, for me it was in part due to a lack in content that I felt able to relate to. I find that PTSD is often associated with combat, or war related trauma – which is completely understandable. However, for a long time I found it strange to come to terms with certain things, and being diagnosed with PTSD finally helped me to understand the way I’ve been ‘dealing’ with things.
Do you only blog about PTSD?
Definitely not. When reading through this blog you will notice that I’ve been open about certain traumas, but there are certainly aspects of my story that I do not share. There are things that I do not feel comfortable writing about, but I always try to create a clear and honest portrayal of how I am trying to deal with things. PTSD is what I was initially diagnosed with, however I often find it easier to identify my mental illness as depression and anxiety (with past events as the triggers for this). I blog about my experience with mental illness – this often includes writing about things such as the media portrayal of mental health, things that help me cope, my recovery and other aspects that I feel directly relate to my wellbeing (this includes general lifestyle stuff, as well as talking about current issues of debate).