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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PTSD Live!

Trigger warning: Rape, suicide  *GRAPHIC* I don’t want to remember, remember… For me, this is the most terrifying night of the year.  For anyone who hasn’t read my recent fireworks post, it might be a good idea to do that first, unless you’re here for the juicy stuff. I was raped.  Like so many other women I have spoken to, I’ve had the experience of having my skirt pulled up and rough hands pushed inside me against my will. I was drunk and he was friendly, at first.  I was 13, and out in a short dress.  Asking for it […]

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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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Guest post: Premature Births, Blindness and Autism by Astrid van Woerkom

Good morning lovelies!  As you will know by the sheer volume of posts about it, I am now in sunny Spain!  If any of you would like to keep up with our goings on in Tossa De Mar, please do feel free to add me on Instagram.  I will have access to WiFi and I will have my computer and phone – I know, typical blogger! My first guest post is from my lovely friend Astrid.  She has blogged her heart out for this guest post, to please do take the time to read and also visit her blog here. […]

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Like Love Loathe Linky #13 – Mental Health advocates from Zero to Hero – #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

In honor of Mental Health Awareness week, this is a mental health inspired edition of the Like, Love, Loathe linky.  Let’s get to it! Like Stephen Fry.  Okay, so I would have loved to have lots and lots of loves to give out, but inkeeping with structure of this linky I will like him (even though I totally love him!)  Ever since the documentaries in which Fry talks candidly of his troubled times as a youth, and his lifelong battle with Bipolar Disorder.  So raw and touching, it was a gateway for millions to be able to speak out about […]

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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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