Labels and Lists, Soul and Self

It's funny how falling ill becomes the pursuit of labels.  Labels, boxes, the very things that we seek to shun in most circles become all that define us.  We become defined by what we cannot do. Sometimes it's so easy to get bogged down in what we can no longer do that we lose all... Continue Reading →

Alphabet of an Evil Lurgi

I am adversely afflicted by an abundant ailment I am a braying beast of burden barking I am a congested cur who's correspondingly cantankerous I am a draught-fearing deathbed dowager deigning dainties I am entirely empty of energy I am a feverish flibbergibbet fidgeting furiously I am a grey-gilled ghost groaning I am a health... Continue Reading →

Whether mental or physical, illness comes with a barrage of baggage – how you see it, how others see it, how society sees it. Is it naive or simplistic to hold out for a cure? And who does a sanitised view of illness really benefit? Food for thought.

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I feel that in writing this post, which has been brewing for a long time, I am saying something that some might see as controversial. So let me start by making something clear. This post is not intended to criticise the work of the big charities – I am a proud member of Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and have undertaken both paid and voluntary work for both organisations. I have also volunteered for Time to Change and made a TTC pledge at last year’s Mind Media Awards. A huge amount of good work is being done on a daily basis to challenge public perceptions of mental health and to normalise discussions of the topic. Time to Change is entirely right to highlight just how peculiar it is that mental health stigma continues to loom so large given that a quarter of the population is thought experience some form of…

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The Help Conundrum

Maybe it's the easiest thing in the world to say 'oh, if there's anything you need...' but what do we mean by that?  Do we mean anything other than that we're expressing a vague sentiment of fellow-feeling, sympathy, pity, interest, concern ...?  I don't know.  Maybe it's a bit like that other chestnut that we... Continue Reading →

Doing

We live in a society that determines our value by our activity.  It is what we do rather than what we think or who we are that assigns our value, our status, our place in this world.  And the emphasis is on doing more, it's synonymous with achievement; the more we do, the more valuable,... Continue Reading →

That Mongrel-Beast Actually Causes Quite a Few Problems

My usual technique for dealing with illness is to ignore it.  Well, it might just go away.  And I'm used to blaming the psychological for a lot of my problems, for example, I say, 'I'm lazy' or 'I can't be bothered'.  But I'm growing in awareness, both of my main physical condition (ME) and of... Continue Reading →

Don’t Get Your Feet Wet

It probably seems a little strange that advice when you consider that I, and this blog, are all for psychological advancement.  Life can be richer for either when to dip one's toe into new waters or to take an entire plunge into them.  It seems that our feet are kept busy metaphorically throughout life's journey,... Continue Reading →

A Day of Battle and of Bravery

~ Trigger Alert ~ It's funny how I try to move on so fast, I try to block or forget as soon as possible, perhaps to give me the strength and focus to deal with the immediate presence.  I'm also not entirely convinced that you want to hear tales of non-events in my insignificant and... Continue Reading →

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