Thursday 1st December, 2016, late morning. I’m in A&E, convinced something is terribly wrong with me. Everything hurts, there’s a tightness in my throat that feels solid, I feel sick when I try and eat anything more exciting than toast, and when I do eat – well, not to be crude, but it feels like… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week 2018
The anniversary effect
In the first episode of season two of Stranger Things, as Will experiences some pretty disturbing episodes, we hear about the ‘anniversary effect’: “[We] see this with soldiers,” the doctor says. “The anniversary of the event brings back traumatic memories, sort of opens up the neurological floodgates, so to speak.” The Christmas lights are up in… Continue reading The anniversary effect
Awareness is not enough
If like me, you spend most of your waking hours refreshing Twitter, on the look-out for cute puppy gifs, excellent puns and headlines to get outraged about, you’ll know that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. And I don’t want to get all Piers “Sentient Ham” Morgan on you, but I’m fresh out of… Continue reading Awareness is not enough
Loath as I am to turn this into a blog that deals purely with mental health*, there’s something that’s been nagging at me over the last few weeks and clearly, the only solution to this is to write about it. *There’s obviously nothing wrong with mental health blogs, I just never saw this blog… Continue reading On “self-care”
Jagged little pill
I mentioned in the last post that I’m currently taking antidepressants in a bid to try and get some respite from the anxiety madness, so I thought I’d go into a little more detail about Taking Drugs For A Mental Health Problem. Taking prescribed, doctor-approved medication for an illness that largely affects one’s emotions as… Continue reading Jagged little pill
The Sunday Seven: book nerd edition, 22/05/2016
“Reasons to stay alive?” Drummer Boy peered at me with concern when he noticed what I was reading a few days ago. “Are you… OK? Anything we need to talk about?” With a rather emo title, and fairly weighty subject matter, you’d expect Reasons To Stay Alive by Brighton-based author Matt Haig to be rather… Continue reading The Sunday Seven: book nerd edition, 22/05/2016
I’m not crazy, I swear.
A few months ago, I nearly died at East Croydon station. I didn’t really, but as opening lines go, that’s not half-bad, is it? With the juxtaposition of melodrama and utter banality – yeah, yeah, English students die hard and whatnot; I’ll get on with it. I thought I was going to die. For perhaps… Continue reading I’m not crazy, I swear.