Mental illness and running

I wanted a place where we could get advice and support.

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14/08/2013 at 21:18

Thank you I will look on fb, I'm from Saxilby so Witham will be perfect, it has made me feel better just talking to someone that understands

27/08/2013 at 21:32

Hi, hows it's going with everyone?  Mixed fortunes for me.  Got running OK again last week - and succesfully led my first run for the running club.  If anything, I find it a whole lot easier to be leading a run that just having to run.  Got another one to do next week.  Tonight though, went to join the running club and got into a panic and couldn't go through with it.  A real shame after an improvement in fortunes and it just makes it more difficult to get back to it next time on Thursday.

Elsewhere, life goes on.  Have got a doctors appointment for a medication review.  Don't know if that will bring anything - all I can say is I don't feel any benefit from what is now 9 months on anti-depressants.

29/08/2013 at 19:02

Hello folks. I've just found this thread but will be visiting a lot from now on


03/09/2013 at 07:42

Hello everyone.  Sorry I've not been around and sorry for not reading back. Welcome to newbies - you've found a good place. 

Just a quick update from me. Yesterday I was in the employment tribunal to determine whether I meet the criteria for being a disabled person under the Equality Act. The other side were saying otherwise and their expert backed them up that I wasn't ill for a full 12 months.  I argued that I got better because of the medication and CBT that I'm still taking. On cross-examination their expert agreed that if it wasn't for the medication I would relapse and so the judge determined that I am classed as disabled. So I won! Full hearing still to follow but I'm so glad that someone beleives me and its now a point of fact that I was clinically unwell from May 2011 to whenever I come off my tablets. After all that time of my old employer claiming they had no duties towards me, they have finally been told otherwise and it feels so good. I want to blow raspberries at them.   

My new job is going well by the way. 

Hugs to all in need.


03/09/2013 at 08:54

Soupy lovely to hear your update and that things are going well.


Are you going to the social on Friday in London? I want to go but feel terrible at the thoughts of walking in on my own.  

03/09/2013 at 18:25

Hi Steady - yes I'm going to the social. Do you want to meet up a tube station or something?


03/09/2013 at 18:54

Oh that would be good, I will PM you my mobile and we could arrange a time and place.

I find going to a race on my own OK but socially it is a totally different thing, I suppose it is because everyone at a race is there for the same reason and you do not have to interact with anyone if you don't want to. Plus if meeting with clubmates you can quickly spot them in club colours.


07/09/2013 at 09:54

Hi, another new person joining this thread .  I've had issues with panic attacks and general anxiety since I was a child, been on meds for 14 years now and am pretty much stable.  Have just gone back to work full-time (work in a infant school) and am really enjoying it.  Running helps massively with the anxiety so i try and run 4-5 times a week to keep it under control.  Enjoy doing races but get very nervous before hand.  Glad to find i'm not alone

07/09/2013 at 11:13

Hi, big  wave to bigwave.  I certainly find I get very nervous at facing a race.  I really want to get another 10k race done as the last 2 I entered I didn't turn out for.  Only a few weeks ago I ran 10k non-stop with a running group and it went really well.  It's still a different challenge to turn out for a race though. 

Pleased to say I've had a better week than the previous no-run week.  Got out with running groups 3 times - the latter of which was the run that I was leading.  I find this by far the best option for me - in that I feel there's no backing out or I'm letting the club down - and concentrating on the group helps take my mind off all the negative stuff in my head.

08/09/2013 at 13:49

Hello!,  I also sometimes run with a club but feel under pressure to keep up with everyone!  Did 11 miles last night on my own around the woods and fields, felt really good.  Have my first half marathon in a few weeks and i'm already feeling anxious.

08/09/2013 at 21:17

Good effort there, bigwave.  I made it out to an orienteering event today.  Went OK and managed to run over most of the terrain.  Anything uphill easily gets me beaten if it's off-road though.  Really feeling the effects of it afterwards though.  That's just the nervous tension all coming out.

24/09/2013 at 00:10

Had my first session of psychotherapy the other day after finally reaching the top of a long waiting list.  Disappointed.  The emphasis seemed to be on trying to find ways to do things that improve my mood.  If I could just shut the door behind me and not have to do anything for several days I'm sure I'd feel OK - but the problems would return as soon as I had to face the outside world again.  It just seemed a back to front way of doing things and not tackling the real problems.  I'll stick with it and give it a go but just feeling really down at the moment having waited so long.

Just wondering has anyone else had experience of this and how they found it?

24/09/2013 at 15:33

LR, glad to hear you reached the top of the waiting list and are now getting some help. I have no experience of this but would suggest that you stick with it for a while and give it a go. It may seem odd because it is tackling the problem from a different angle to the one you were expecting.

24/09/2013 at 18:06

I'll certainly see how it goes - but I am thinking I may need to go private to be able to get anywhere.  I'll make my point at the next session and see how it goes.

24/09/2013 at 18:10

I was diagnosed with PTSD middle of last year. I refuse to let it beat me and started running. It has helped both my fitness and more importantly my PTSD. It will never be a cure (as I doubt there is one), but it is another tool to help manage the symptoms.

25/09/2013 at 20:15

I've had some phsycotherapy and struggled, as I was never sure what I wanted to get out of it. Have you discussed a specific goal with the therapist? and also dont be afraid to tell the therapist how you feel if it aint working. I know from experience it's easier said than done, but try and decide exactly what you want and work towards that. Good luck with it and hope you get something out of it.

25/09/2013 at 22:46

That was my problem really - there was no discussion of a goal and she just didn't seem to want to hear about the things that are causing me problems so I left feeling that she didn't have any understanding of the situation at all.  I'll certainly make that point next time and see where it goes from there.  I've just been reading up on psychotherapy and what I'm reading seems to be what I would expect it to be - but this wasn't. 

21/10/2013 at 16:31

How are things going everyone? 

21/10/2013 at 17:21

I am OK, had a bit of a stressy time but feeling better now.

21/10/2013 at 17:28

I'm setting sharks on the stressy time! I'm glad you're feeling better, hope it continues

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