I wrote the following article for the Journal. Published 08.10.16. It's World Mental Health Day on Monday. But why should we care? I have a mental health disorder. You can often find me on Northumberland Street, shaking like a leaf, muttering to myself and pushing eighteen cats in a pram. That, of course, is a … Continue reading Weak? Scary? Violent?
Original post on Huffington Post and shared through Time to Change 'Don't panic' OK, I'll not panic. The end. Are you kidding?! Do you think I would choose to be hyperventilating at 03:57 am if I had a magic panic on/off switch? And don't tell me to calm down. Don't make me angry. I'll … Continue reading Five things anxious minds do not want to hear
(or, My experience of anti-depressants and other stories Meet Serotonin. A good mate of mine. We never used to be that close. I thought we were, but Serotonin was one of those fair weather friends. First hint of troubled water and she pissed right off. So when we recently formed a meaningful friendship (as opposed … Continue reading How to land a plane
Buses. They used to terrify me. Trains didn't, planes didn't, even boats didn't. And cars were OK - unless you count that 'new car' smell that our Scirocco reeked of. I was always convinced it would make me chunder en route to grandmas. Of course, it rarely did but the thought of puking without a … Continue reading Stop the bus, I want to get off
"Have you seen Meerkat Manor?" I wasn't sure where my counsellor was going with this one. I had previously been asked to read various self-help books but when she suggested I borrow her meerkat book I was slightly perplexed. So she explained it to me. In meerkat communities there is always one 'lookout' - proactively … Continue reading The lookout
One of the less funny excerpts from my book - A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes, Naming and Shaming Mental Health Stigmas. TW: detailed account of panic attack below: Awake. It's 3am. My mouth is dry. Why is it so dry? I stick my head under the tap. It's not working. I'm still thirsty. Too much … Continue reading 3am eternal