As it is ‘Blue September’, the month where many people ‘Paint themselves Blue’ to raise awareness of the three specific male cancers; Penile, Prostrate and Testicular, the MigMag well-being team thought that we would take a look at the cancer that is most likely to affect younger men – Testicular Cancer!
MigMag have spoken to Testicular Cancer survivor, Ian Broughall. Ian, ex-Nokia Project Manager, founder of Samian Solutions & avid footie fan, now actively campaigns for the need for early detection of the male disease through self – examination. Last year, Ian produced the brilliant video for the ‘Check Your Balls’ Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the need for all males, to regularly check their ‘balls’ for any unusual lumps!
First we will tell you a little bit about Testicular Cancer.
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The 2012 Stonewall School report identified that to be a gay young person at school condemns you to be a social outcast. With more than 55% reporting of homophobic bullying, complacency from school staff of language used from ‘poof’, ‘lezza’ and ‘you’re so gay’ as terms of insult to outright physical abuse.
The consequences of this can be devastating from self-esteem issues, depression and other mental health conditions to underachievement at school. MigMag talks to 2 young people about their personal experiences.
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The MigMag wellbeing team wanted to know about the Celebrity Mental Health Disorder known as Bipolar. We called it ‘Celebrity’ as it seems every well-known celebrity seems to have this disorder. But how does it affect the non-celebrity. Dr. Femi Balogun gives us the lowdown, followed by a personal account of living with the disorder.
Dr. Balogun is MigMag’s Guest Psychiatrist – a little bit about him.
Femi Balogun is a medical doctor (He is currently a specialty registrar in forensic psychiatry at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and is on the Maudsley post-Graduate programme). Also a qualified and experienced adult educator, he has worked as a teacher/tutor of young adults in sixth form and further education colleges in Newham, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock and Seattle. Dr Balogun has a special interest in child and adolescent psychiatry and is author of soon to be published ‘Mental health topics for teenagers-an illustrated guide’
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I wasn’t diagnosed with bipolar disorder until I was 27 years old, I had been suffering with this debilitating mental disorder for over 13 years prior to my diagnosis. Intermitting from every course I had ever started and leaving every job I had ever had, however I was in complete denial that there was something wrong with me. Instead I struggled on until I could not longer… in August 2011 I tried to kill myself by taking a cocktail of alcohol, paracetamol and co-dydramol, thankfully this suicide attempt failed and I ended up in A&E, I stayed in overnight on a drip of paracetamol antidote under the constant watch of a body guard before being taken to a mental health assessment unit.
After being treated appallingly by my local mental health team I was in no position to trust anybody and was extremely nervous about spending 4 nights in a unit! It was like ‘One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’ teenage lads kicking the walls and lashing out at the staff, young girls pacing back and forth, elderly patients starring into space and a few like me reading their books. I couldn’t even hide in the bedroom they had given me as these were locked in the day so we were all forced into the communal area. I eventually settled in and even made some friends and actually I was a little sad when leaving!!
On leaving I met with my consultant who I have since seen monthly. I have been on a list of medications all part of the trial and error process, here are a few:- Aripiprazole, Procyclodine, Quetiapine, Diazepam and Sertraline I am currently on Quetiapine and I am hoping that this Anti-Psychotic will stabilize my moods and as a result stop the pattern of Extreme Highs followed by Severe Depression but its early days!
Unfortunately this disorder has left me with zero confidence and as a result I am having great difficulty getting back into my teaching career.
My moods are still unstable so I am reluctant to pursue anything in which I may let people down due to my absence.
My anorexia started when I was fifteen (I am now twenty five). I had been bullied prior to this because I hadn’t shifted my teenage puppy fat as quickly as my friends but it was the breakdown in my parents marriage that most contributed to it. My dad had for a long time been physically and mentally abusive to my mum and in the end she was almost driven to have an affair which when my dad found out, led their separation. My sister went to live with my mum and for some strange reason (to this day I still don’t know why), I stayed with my dad. We struggled, both of us suffering from the effect of the break up and cooking meals didn’t seem important, so I started skipping them, first breakfast and lunch. It was around this time that my doctor diagnosed me as suffering from depression.
This, as well as my dad starting to be abusive toward me affected my confidence and I started to withdraw from people and becoming more shy, which led to me struggling to attend college, eventually leading to poor grades, and once I finished college, led to a struggle finding employed work. It also impacted on my sexual relationships, I would manage to get girlfriends but wouldn’t allow them to be in my life for any more than a month and any mention of food would instantly mean I would have to distance myself from them. All of this stress impacted me and I started skipping all meals when possible, only eating one real meal a week when I would visit my mum for tea. I would have to justify this by walking on a coastal route path for up to six hours. It was around this time at the age of nineteen that I was officially diagnosed as having anorexia.
At twenty five I’m probably the perfect example of how eating disorders evolve. I’m no longer able to not eat for long periods of time, often binging and then having to exercise for hours and hours afterwards. From a simple exercise in attempting to cope with a difficult situation, I now suffer from extreme bouts of depression when I can’t get out of bed and social anxiety which is stopping me from functioning in society and doing the things I want to do (get a job, go to university, etc).
Men Get Eating Disorders Too’ is a registered charity in England and Wales no. 1139351
Registered postal address: c/o Community Base, 113 Queen Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
We are in 21st Century Britain – discrimination is unlawful, we accept people, we don’t care about their backgrounds, skin colour, whether their boys or girls, whether boys like boys or girls like girls. Those thoughts are pre-historic probably for our parents or at the very least our grandparents. These days there are no barriers for any of us to achieve and be what we want to be, we love the minority and celebrate our differences – ‘live and let live’ that’s our philosophy. Is that really the case? In the following interviews we will ask 2 teenagers their experiences of being ‘gay’
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