Trigger warning: Panic and health anxiety There’s a theme that runs through all my writing - the media’s impact on our anxiety. And my God, it’s very REAL. I’m not blaming the media. Not entirely. It’s just that, for us obsessives, the combination of health anxiety and health headlines is a bit of a toxic cocktail. … Continue reading How anxiety makes the truth stranger than fiction
Why do so many rock stars die aged 27?
I wrote an entire book based on this question. The thing is, I don’t think we’re really asking the right question at all. Which is also why I wrote the book. It’s easy to find a headline. Especially today - conspiracy theories and drawn conclusions based on....well...a bunch of details we cherry pick from. But … Continue reading Why do so many rock stars die aged 27?
It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer…Hipster
Anxiety can happen to anyone...even my 'should've been a reality TV star' friend Paul
Ignoring people like Piers Morgan is a luxury only some of us can afford
Whilst you might be in a good place with your mental health or at least the support you have around you, others may not be. How do you choose to ignore something if you don’t know whether or not it’s real? Challenge him. He might not be worth it, but the people having to listen to his bullshit might be.
New on The REALLY cast!
A little update on my podcast, which I can't believe already has 6 completed episodes (well....no. 6 is scheduled to go live tomorrow!) Since my last post, I've been lucky to interview Paula McGuire about how she no longer has to live with anxiety, but how anxiety has to live with her and her penchant … Continue reading New on The REALLY cast!
Publication week, anxiety and media love
It's been a strange few weeks. I've been off with the worst bout of anxiety that has afflicted my tired brain in almost two decades. I've probably been far more sociable in a virtual sense - but given I've been off work, missed the pub quiz (again), missed my other half performing in Sunday for … Continue reading Publication week, anxiety and media love
A series of unfortunate stereotypes – the book!
Hello lovely people! So I'm massively excited today to share my new book cover and links to pre order A series of unfortunate stereotypes - Naming and Shaming Mental Health Stigmas. Of course I don't name and shame people (just Piers Morgan and Katie Hopkins - but they don't count) but I do discuss the … Continue reading A series of unfortunate stereotypes – the book!
Stop using mental health as bait
We all love to boo a pantomime baddie, but that's usually because they're stealing a magic lamp or weaving destructive magic spells. We know it's all made up and we know they'll get their comeuppance. But yet again, Katie Hopkins and Piers Morgan are enjoying the boos and hisses by taking their pantomime into real … Continue reading Stop using mental health as bait