Sandy: Mindfulness in the Car
I have bipolar , anxiety and social phobia. I was first placed in a psychiatric ward when I was 14 but was not officially diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder until I was 35. I've become more socially phobic over the last eight years and have been unable to leave the house by myself without it being planned in advance, with all details fixed. As I've withdrawn more and more, driving has become particularly difficult for me. I have always been frightened of breaking down in the car; irritating people and having to deal with strangers on the road. If I had to go out the doctors, I would have to...
'Making mindfulness part of our everyday is the key to its success'
The story of Shepperd's Hill Nursery, who practice mindfulness with their children.
Deena's story: 'Mindfulness helps stop my emotions from skyrocketing from a level 1 to a 10'
I have battled with mental health problems for 12 years and during this time I have been exposed to numerous drugs, undergone talking therapies like DBT and psychotherapy , and at my lowest point, I have been sectioned under the mental health act. Despite the rocky road I have been on, to the outside world I have managed to maintain a 'normal life', which many people don't associate with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) . Rceently I asked my mother to describe what I was like as a child. She said I was a "lovely, easy-going, friendly child that enjoyed being in the...
"Mindfulness has given me my life back"
Jack, 47, works in sales at an IT Software company, while he is also a keen sailor. He lives with his wife and three children in North London.
Theo's Story: "I watched my brother's battle with M.E. so I knew what I was in store for"
TheoÂ tells us about having his life put on hold and why conversations with friends aren't easy anymore. It was just before my 17th Birthday that I started getting ill. I thought it might be some sort of virus but the longer it went on, the longer I thought it might be something more serious. I was formally diagnosed with M.E. around six months later. I had watched my brother's battle with M.E. so I already knew what I was in store for. The consultant who diagnosed me said at the time âdon't worry, it's not like you're going to dieâ which I supposed was true but knowing that I would be...
James' story: "Mindfulness isn't all 'airy-fairy' like I thought it was"
James, 21, is from West Yorkshire. He is studying business and economics and is in his final year of university.
Andrea on mindfulness: "I'm just so glad I gave it a chance"
"I was comforted by the fact that you can't do mindfulness 'wrong' so there was no danger of me 'failing' at it."
Scott Stossel: 'I think many anxious people can benefit from mindfulness'
Scott Stossel is the editor of online magazine, The Atlantic and author of bestselling book My Age of Anxiety.
Kelly's story: Overcoming depression
I have suffered from depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. As a teenager I had no idea that I had depression. I kept my feelings of deep sadness, loneliness and the feeling of being worthless to myself for many years. I coped with these feelings by cutting my arms and by keeping a diary of my thoughts. By the time I had reached the end of University I had taken an overdose of tablets which was a cry of desperation. I was hospitalised for the night but chose to discharge myself. It was only at this time that my family and friends began to learn of my illness. Still, I chose to try and...