Health & Beauty · Health Awareness

My Hyperhidrosis Experience and Dermadry

During my teenage years, I stopped socialising after realising I smell when I am with friends, especially during summer. My friends will pinch their noses together with vocal comments when they are near me. Soon through researching, I discovered I have a sweating problem. I felt embarrassed and experienced severe anxiety in public settings. Body odor, yellow staining, wetness under both armpits were my symptoms. As a teenager, I would get extremely angry when people would comment on my symptoms within our social circle. In my adulthood, the constant name-calling (i.e. skunk odor) and emotional turmoil had taken an effect on my mental health. I, finally, had the courage to visit my dermatologist and she diagnosed me with hyperhidrosis.

I was reassured that the condition was not cause by bad personal hygiene but the problem stems from our genetics. However, I tried many expensive deodorants and antiperspirants, none of them work. They would make the symptoms even worse. I have the privilege to collaborate with the Dermadry company that makes this fabulous machine that helps hyperhidrosis sufferers.

Here is the machine I received. Unfortunately, I’m unable to use it because of my epilepsy. Here are the images of the machine. If you are interested in treating your hyperhidrosis, please click on the following link below.

http://dermadry.com/

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Bullying and Mental Health Are Connected

Mental health is important at every stage in our lives: from childhood to old age. It has the capacity to control our behaviour via emotionally, psychologically, and socially. Throughout our lifetime, many factors contribute to our mental health issues. One of these issues is bullying and it can have a long-lasting effect depending on the severity.

The most common types of bullying I have encountered in my life are: physical and social. Both types have emotional devastating effects on my mental health. Physical bullying is the easiest to identify because it is done with little ambiguity or to its intention. It is the most understood form of bullying. However, socially bullying can be difficult to notice because it is almost invisible to detect. From my own experience, social bullying is always initiated by girls to gain social hierarchy and it is always emotionally destructive to my mental health.

Speaking personally, I have dealt with social bullying all my life. It started in my early teenage years, progressively worsen in my 20’s, and now it finally thin out as I’m maturing. I feel less worthy during interaction with people. As a disabled individual, I do not have the courage to speak up for myself due to my niavety. Over the years, the bullying took a toll on my mental health. Isolation, being ostracized, anxiety, depression, and the fear of standing up for myself were the most common symptoms I felt.

The road to recovery was a long painful process. I researched articles on mental health issues. My main priority is accepting myself and being happy on a daily basis. I, slowly, decided to cut ties with anyone or anything that has a negative impact on my life. The more I removed all the negative energy the less weight I have upon my shoulders. My confidence and self-worth returned when I realised I no longer need approval from this negative influence.

In conclusion, bullying and mental health goes hand in hand. It takes years for an individual to fully understand the connection and long term consequences. The symptoms are there, however, it is sometimes overlooked because some cultures consider talking about mental health issues a taboo.

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Wearing A Face Covering – Pros and Cons

There were many controversial arguements about wearing face coverings at the beginning of the pandemic; UK has finally made it mandatory in England. Scotland, however, introduced the rule a few weeks ago. As of 24th of July, everyone must wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres, restaurants, pubs…etc. It is compulsory on public transport. If anyone doesn’t follow the government’s rule, it will be a heavy fine of £100 (if you pay within a fortnight it will be £50).

Face coverings helps slow down the spread of coronavirus but there are still debates on who should wear them. A lot of questions are being thrown around like:

Do I have to wear a face covering when I’m living with a health condition?

Answer: No, people are exempted if they have health condition or have a severe disabilities.

Does my young children need to wear one?

Answer: Children who are under 11 doesn’t have to wear a face covering.

These are the most popular questions. I look at this in a positive response than a negative one. I rather protect others and myself from this awful disease than to have another lockdown/second wave. There are many PROS and Cons about wearing face coverings. Here are my favourites…

PROS

– It helps contain and control the virus.

– Has become a fashion statement.

– Has different styles and designs.

Cons

– It’s hard to communicate with others during any conversation.

– Hard to breathe if there’s a high humidity.

– It can be difficult to stay on.

I’m slowly adjusting to the “new normal” until a vaccine is found. I’m happy to protect others and the people I love than to lose another loved one. All the news outlets and articles I read about wearing a face covering outweigh the anti-maskers we seen throughout the pandemic protesting and trying to change people’s mind about wearing one.

My advice would be: Even if you are not on board with this…suck it up and just follow the rules!

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My Physical and Mental Health During Lockdown

I never would of thought that we would began a new decade with a pandemic. I was horrified that many innocent lives were lost in a few weeks and months ahead; the world began shutting down one country at a time. I remembered I was panic buying before the government announcement. To me, it was not the controversial toilet rolls that I went crazy about. I was focus on gathering my epilepsy medications and common everyday medicines. It became official in mid-March, the UK shut down and we were put in full lockdown since then.

During the lockdown/quarantine, I kept myself updated with world news and the coronavirus crisis. I was shocked that Italy and Spain was the initial countries that was badly strike, following UK a few weeks later. I focus on myself a lot and followed government rules. Stay Home, Save Our NHS, Save Lives.

I’m in the vulnerable category of COVID-19 because of my epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Luckily, I began a new medication (Vimpat) that will put me back on remission a few weeks before lockdown was declared, so I hope I will not need to be in hospital during the pandemic. It is the last place I want to be right now. However, I must go to the pharmacy every month to pick up new prescriptions. I was frightened to go outside at first because of the unknown. There were many questions in my mind when I step outside my house. The most common question was: Will I catch coronavirus? I definitely used social distancing, wore a face mask, and wore gloves whenever I have to pick up my medications or even basic grocery shopping.

Lockdown has been pretty easy for me to adjust because I’m an introvert. I basically do my everyday routine to make me stay sane. During this difficult time, social media platforms are our best friends. I use Instagram live chats and Twitter DMs to keep in touch with my international friends and families which, in turn, puts positivity on my mental health. I also like to exercise my brain by watching quiz programmes everyday.

I look forward to every Thursday because BBC Radio 2 will come together with other radio stations and have a sing-a-long where we dedicated all the songs to our key workers. In the afternoon, the entire nation goes outside to clap for the NHS and key workers who are working on the frontline. I met new people that I didn’t know that lives near me.

In conclusion, we are not out of the woods just yet, but I know we can fight and beat this awful virus together.

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Reminiscing The Last Decade And Starting Anew

2019 is coming to an end. Looking back at this decade, my mental health started to decline at the beginning of 2010 because my best friend died in a car accident. Losing my best friend changed my perspective on life. I cherish everyday now because I don’t know if it will be my last. The significant memory I have of her was her last words to me, “Be Happy.” I will treasure those words for the rest of my life. However, the devastating loss left me heartbroken, full of guilt, and I suffered massive depression for eight years.

I can confess that being heartbroken and battling depression are the most hardest emotions to fully heal. It’s not easy for me to find friends and have a close bond with them. It takes time and effort for me to welcome someone into my inner circle. Looking back, I’m truly blessed that she was my friend because she was optimistic, non-judgemental, and very loyal. She taught me how to become a better individual and how to show gratitude towards life. She was like an older sister and role model to me. I will always miss her but I know she’s watching over me in heaven.

As the new decade approaches, I am able to look forward in new opportunities, set new goals, and hopefully travel more. Nothing can stop me from happiness and making my dreams coming true for the next decade ahead. My friend’s last words will become my motivational quote to inspire others that are battling depression and hopefully get the message across that there is a light at the end of a mental health tunnel.