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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Antidepressants: the saga begins

I remember when I first started taking antidepressants.  It was perhaps 15 years ago after I’d had my first child at just 17.  I was vilified for being a teenage mum, and for a multitude of reasons (including attitudes towards this Mum still in braces, by the medical staff of all people) believed that because I felt the way I did, I was failing as a mother.  It was in fact post natal depression.  Not my first dance with depression, which haunted me all my teenage years, even before my son came along.  I saw my doctor when my son […]

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The Contraceptive Implant: A Word of Warning

Content warning: depression, thoughts of self harm and suicide, baby loss For most of my life, contraception has not factored into it very highly.  I had my children very young, and followed one monogamous long term relationship with a man with another long term relationship with a man, my current husband, with whom I have also been trying for children.  Not a whole lot of contraception necessary in this case.  As regular readers will know, myself and my husband have suffered two grueling losses in the last 12 months, the last two in a line of five.  While that’s about […]

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Asking for help: Miscarriage Heartbreak

CW: miscarriage I’ve written this blog post a dozen times, and a dozen more in my head, thinking of what to say and how to say it.  My content/trigger warning will have given the game away somewhat, but it is so much more than any one word can describe.  Last year saw heartbreak when after 4 years of trying, we lost our baby.  We decided to chase the loss with hope, and started trying again as soon as it was medically advisable.  We were lucky and conceived quickly, in January. We counted the days.  I was super careful and wouldn’t […]

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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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