Two different flavours of shit

Back in March I decided to withdraw from my anti depressant. I'd been on it for around theee years; it no longer seemed to be elevating my mood and I am already on lots of other meds for pain/anxiety/minor ailments so thought it was time to prune away excess medication. What followed was a period …

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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.

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 …

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 …