I’m currently in the process of collecting research and putting together my writing into something coherent, preferably a book, that will be titled ‘Bird Therapy’. Within Bird Therapy I will share my positive experiences of birding and how it has positively benefited my mental health and the experiences and opinions of other people.
Bird Therapy has been buoyed by many other people who share my outlook and have been willing enough to share their experiences with me; primarily through an anonymous online survey which can be found on the ‘Online Survey’ tab on the site menu. There is also a tab to a Bird Therapy twitter page where I can be contacted and I can also be emailed at; firstname.lastname@example.org.
A little bit about me… I suffer from OCD, generalised anxiety disorder and sporadic bouts of depression. I feel that birding has helped me in a myriad of ways. I was formally diagnosed in 2013 and throughout the past few years I have been learning to manage my symptoms and compulsions.
I love the countryside and I find the experience of being outdoors reinvigorating and uplifting. I ‘properly’ took up birding as an interest in July 2014 and haven’t looked back. It has given me a positive focus; especially in managing my obsessive behaviours such as organisation, categorisation and list making.
I hope that my experiences and ideas can become something both readable and informative and look forward to hearing from other people.