Give me a Break

There's so many types of exhaustion.  No one tells you that you can experience more than one at a time either. I am exhausted. That is the conclusion that I have come to every day for more than three years.  See, I did it again.  I say that it's been three years since I relapsed,... 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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Mongrel Beast

I live with Mongrel Beast.  It's not a choice I had.  (And perhaps that's why I resent its presence so much).  To think of Mongrel Beast as a dog isn't really fair to any canid and doesn't really do justice to what it's really like living, trying to live, with such a creature.  But perhaps... Continue Reading →

Whilst I may not personally have the soundest of relationships with food and eating habits or with my body or myself, it seems that it could be a lot worse.  And worse than any personal issue or problem, it seems Society as a whole has a pretty crazy, a pretty warped, a pretty futile outlook... Continue Reading →

Bagged

Bags, like anything else we wear, say a lot about us.  Are we fashionable?  Do we have money to blow?  Are we practical?  Are we likely to be accompanied by nappy-sporting, snot-bubbling juniors?  Some don't even carry a bag.  It's mainly males.  Our society tells them they don't need bags.  But they invariably end up... Continue Reading →

A Spoonful of Medicine

Well, it seems that a spoonful of medicine makes the world go down a whole lot better. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of pill popping.  I'm one of those proud, stubborn creatures who would rather endure something than surrender to a drug ((wo)man up as the Americans apparently say and take... Continue Reading →

Addiction

I see people who don't drink until 18h because that is the social Law, a norm that they believe in but they sit clock watching until the minute hands brushes the hour.  Then they pour drinks at a rate that is scarcely believable.  I see others who condone the over indulgence in alcohol yet who... Continue Reading →

Trying Solves Everything

Or does it? Maybe it was the case in your school as it was at mine that there were two types of award handed out at the end of the school year, one for achievement and the other for effort.  The reason for anyone to receive the achievement award was clear, it was something quantifiable... Continue Reading →

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