Psychology has long fascinated me. But I never truly believed that psychological approaches would work for me in quite the way they seem to be right now. I never believed they could have a long-lasting, deep rooted effect. But much like The Pixies, Courtney Love and, sadly, Sun-In spray-on hair bleach (my locks haven't been … Continue reading Psychology – I’m a believer!
An international study has shown that British children are among the most anxious in the world. This week's news on the subject reminded me of a recent visit to my GP to discuss my anxiety. He compared my life in England to the life of those in war torn countries. I felt bad. And a … Continue reading What do British children have to be anxious about?
It’s my last column for Standard Issue – *sniff* – so I thought I’d do something a little bit different. During the past six months, I’ve talked to a comedian, an actor, a writer, a PR person, a public speaker, a former commando, a young globetrotter, a teacher, a hipster, a naughty elf and a political strategist. But today, I’m going to … Continue reading It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer…child
For my latest Standard Issue piece, I interviewed a very good and fabulous friend.... Rosie Willan has dived with great white sharks. Rosie Willan has anxiety. She didn’t accidentally fall in the sea by the way. She chose to be trapped in a cage underwater in close proximity to a living breathing death machine (sorry … Continue reading It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer…globetrotter
How lush to interview a big inspiration, the fabulous Claire Eastham of hugely popular blog We're all mad here for my Standard Issue column.... Did you see that girl, Claire Eastham, on This Morning last year, addressing the nation live with talk of her apparent ‘social anxiety’? FAKE NEWS! All this mental health bollocks. Everyone’s … Continue reading It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer…writer
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
For my latest piece for Standard Issue, I interviewed my other half, or, as our editor put it 'I took my work home with me'. When I saw Chris Connel on stage in his underpants it was love at first sight. Covered in fake marinade and lipstick, he had audiences in stitches every night as … Continue reading It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer…actor
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
I started writing this blog in May. Six months down the line and I've landed a mental health series in my FAVOURITE magazine - Standard Issue. Know it? It's the 'no bullshit' women's magazine founded by the wonderful Sarah Millican. They're on Twitter and Facebook - give them a follow/like. Anyway, my regular feature sets … Continue reading It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer…
My post for World Mental Health Day and Time to Change, written for the fabulous Standard Issue Magazine - 'a smart and witty online magazine for women by women' founded by the fabulous Sarah Millican. A series of unfortunate stereotypes Lemony Snicket's Aunt Josephine is terrified of everything. Estate agents, leeches, the telephone, Count Olaf. … Continue reading A series of unfortunate stereotypes