Thank you so much for replying so promptly, much appreciated.
I definitely think you have struck a chord in one of those options as my automatic response to your reply was to shed some tears of relief!
Following my head injury I did enter into 3 years of therapy where we explored my family background and I was able to come to terms and accept my mother's alcoholism and my family's dysfunctions. I had an incredibly supportive partner at the time which also helped. I had subsequent brain scans and they came back clear but I will go see my doctor to tick that off the list and explore the other options.
My sister used to be a psych nurse (with her own challenges including Body Dysmorphia, depression and mild OCD). She briefly mentioned Cyclothymia to me recently so I will explore further.
I have been isolating myself more and more since returning from my recent year of travels (which was isolating also to be honest). So, it's time to make a positive change - and having written to you, your reply has given me the motivation to do something about it
So, many, many thanks. It's a fantastic service you offer!
Best wishes, Helen