Tag Archives: Antidepressants

Not all hypos are equal: when things get nasty

When I was discharged from hospital a couple of weeks ago I thought it would take me a long time to recover from the experience. I was actually quite shocked by the depth of my own pain; I’ve been experiencing … Continue reading

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Review: The Other Side of Silence by Linda Gask (plus author Q&A!)

It’s always tricky reviewing a book written by a friend, which is what I hope Linda would call me although we have only ever met online, so of course I  come to this review admitting bias. If someone asks me to … Continue reading

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I asked for help

I asked for help when I was 12. I looked, alone, in my middle school library at a teenage health book. It told me that depression is an illness. It is real. You can be helped. It took me days … Continue reading

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World Mental Health Day: “we won’t stop being sad or mad just because we’re old”

Recently I was talking on Twitter about the “mortality gap”, the fact that people with severe and enduring mental illnesses tend to die 10-20 years earlier than people without. Much justifiable outrage was expressed, but then a friend said something … Continue reading

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The continuum concept: why your sadness is not my depression

Modern medicine is widely held to be A Good Thing. It is allowing us to live longer, healthier lives than at any other point in human history. The media loves the story of a scientific breakthrough and the promise of … Continue reading

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