IBS and the magic toilet

Okay, so I’ve been away for a hot minute, but I have so much to tell you I don’t even know where to start! Well, you know how much I like to talk shit, so I’ll put my best foot forward and begin with that.  IBS is a great leveler. I mean, when you’ve sharted on a train your hubris just has to turn to humorous, or you’ll make yourself sick with worry – and I don’t mean that as a turn of phrase.  Anxiety over what your digestive system is going to throw at you on any given day can make […]

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Susan Boyle & The Portrayal of Autism in the Media

Most of us have heard of Susan Boyle.  She stunned audiences everywhere on Britain’s Got Talent when she came on stage looking a little disheveled, and blew us all away with her amazing operatic voice.  Not confirming to societies ideas of how a person should look or act, she’s taken a lot of stick in the 7 years since her performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ on the ITV show.  Soon after the show and before she went on to start her very successful singing career, it was reported that she had checked into The Priory as she was “missing […]

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Antidepressants: the saga ends

Yes I know that was quick, but it’s too late to rethink my use of the word saga, so what are you going to do?  I wrote a piece about antidepressants around a month ago, which would be worth reading if you haven’t already.  After 15 years on one pill of another, I decided to give them the push, and see how life was without them. After the initial withdrawal symptoms, I felt fantastic!  I had more energy, I wanted to do things, and talk to people and I felt amazing.  My sex drive came back and I’m not embarrassed […]

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An end to fireworks

This was going to be another post about my health, because lots of shit is going down atm with my body and brain, but I thought I’d give you a break and have a rant instead.  I’m going to start by saying that I feel really great.  I am not writing this post because I am in a bad mood, but because I have had my favourite season (Autumn, obvs, closely followed by spring) marred by fireworks, and I’m not the only one. For me personally, fireworks have negative connotation due to a bad experience one bonfire night.  I can […]

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Paying it forward

This is going to be one of my favourite type of posts – a stream of consciousness opinion piece.  If you don’t like those sort of posts, stop reading now, although if you’ve ever suffered with mental health issues it might just be worth persevering for  a few paragraphs till you see where I’m going with this. Last Friday on The Last Leg, Adam Hills announced an unofficial call to arms from viewers, saying “if you really need a hand with something, a meal cooked, a fence built, your garbage taken out once a week, tweet your request with the […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Focus on Anxiety – Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway? | Mental Health Linky

Source Mental Health Awareness Although the first one to have a laugh and a joke, I have suffered from anxiety most of my life to some extent.  Anxiety can be organic and have no roots in life events, but for me it started in senior school where I was bullied to the point I did not want to live anymore. A previously loud and precocious child, I turned into an introverted and shy teen, who would look at the floor as she walked and hunch over.  Still, I had a raw vulnerability that is still with me to this day, […]

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