Tag Archives: Mental health services

Some people find psychiatry helpful… and that’s OK

I grew up very close to a Victorian asylum. It began to close in the late 1980s, when I was in my teens, but even as a child I was aware that some of the people I saw wandering the … Continue reading

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Who’s listening?

It’s no fun being trapped in a pit. You were walking along in the forest and you just kind of… slid. And now you’re on your own in the darkness, looking up at the moon through a circle of dirt. You didn’t … 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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Enough of us both

TW: suicidal thoughts and planning On Monday afternoon I sat in a glass-walled consulting room with my Consultant psychiatrist. Out in the waiting room I had felt so weary, sick to the back teeth of coming to this building over … Continue reading

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It’s my movie, and I’ll watch where I want to

I often like to go to the cinema. Because I live in a big city, I am fortunate that I have more than one model of cinema experience to choose from. As in most places there is, however, a dominant … Continue reading

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A thousand little indignities: what it means to be “a service user”

[TWs for suicidal thoughts, suicide methods and poor mental health care experiences] Last week a relative I haven’t seen in years watched my hypomania vlog and afterward felt moved to “give me some feedback”. I was interested in his thoughts, … Continue reading

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On seeking help

At twelve, I had a problem. Something was wrong with me. Something had descended upon me, out of the blue summer sky. In an instant I felt dreadful, weighed down, sick with something I couldn’t identify, that I felt in … Continue reading

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