This is a topic that is ALWAYS up for debate. And it’s pretty controversial to boot. There has been a lot of research into whether or not mental illness makes us more creative - acclaimed US psychologist and author Kay Redfield Jamison released an entire book exploring the subject (Touched With Fire if you’re interested). But … Continue reading Does mental illness make us more creative?
There's this idea that acting, performing, being creative, etc, is a cushy way to carve out a career. We've heard people complain on social media when a show or a gig is cancelled because of the performer's illness or exhaustion. Surely they can just get on with it for one night? But the pressure on … Continue reading It took having a breakdown on stage to take my mental health seriously
Dear Donald, I read with interest your comments about the recent shooting in Florida. I can understand your concerns about mentally ill people. I myself live in a country that, according to statistics, has a higher prevalence of mental health issues than the US (in the UK, apparently 1 in 4 of us are 'crazy' … Continue reading Dear Donald – my word, you’re bang on the money this time!
My comment piece for Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017, published in the i Newspaper If somebody with alcoholism drinks to be drunk, surely somebody with anorexia fasts to be skinny? Maybe. But when the alcoholic first picks up that drink, are they primarily running towards intoxication, or away from pain? I’m sure there are individuals … Continue reading It’s rarely all about the food
Except it's not bubble gum pop like Britney. It's more Napalm Death. I can't bear Napalm Death. I can't bear anxiety relapses either. It's like I become the poor frightened soul the 'singer' of Napalm Death is screaming at. And he follows me EVERYWHERE. That's probably the perfect way to describe it actually. For me, … Continue reading Oops, I did it again
The silver lining is that I am not talking nonsense by blogging about mental health. Ridiculous, I know, getting imposter syndrome about something like that.Isn't it usually getting a new job and worrying you're not made of good enough stuff? Or finding a new hair salon and thinking you're not worthy of being there cos … Continue reading Bitten by the panic bug