Something of a Car Crash

A mental health patient explains the frustrations of trying to convince doctors that her illness is biological, rather than caused by a bad night’s sleep, a row with her boyfriend or her menstrual cycle.

Read More Something of a Car Crash
Advertisements

Catch of the Day

Likely to be a regular feature while I’m in acute mental health services. Today it went something like this. Back in the day, when I first developed my spinal problems, I was prescribed large numbers of prescription strength co-codamol. They were handed out in boxes of 100, on repeat prescription, for years, as I detailed […]

Read More Catch of the Day
Featured

Dry your eyes, mate

I’m ill, which means I need to access mental health services, which in turn makes me more ill. Oh the sweet irony of NHS mental health care. I write this in my GP’s waiting room having just had an encounter that was almost as unpleasant for the doctor as it was for me. As ever, […]

Read More Dry your eyes, mate
Featured

What’s the difference between Ant McPartlin and a civilian? Rehab is not an option for most of us

  I was sorry to read today that TV presenter Ant MacPartlin was “going into rehab” after admitting a struggle with depression, alcohol misuse and addiction to prescription drugs.  Although McPartlin is in no way my cup of TV tea, I understand that it must have been incredibly hard to have stayed at the top of […]

Read More What’s the difference between Ant McPartlin and a civilian? Rehab is not an option for most of us

Sticking it to The Man(ic)

I know I am currently suffering from hypomania. It’s not pleasant but one of the funnier effects is lack of inhibitions.  This manifested itself in the pub yesterday afternoon. I’d been trying to enjoy a quiet pint but it was marred by a group of about eight young men in suits, slick haircuts, reeking of […]

Read More Sticking it to The Man(ic)