Tag Archives: Psychiatric drugs

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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I don’t ask for the moon

So here I am in this… zone. It’s a zone that I’ve been in before, although not for as long this in years. I’m scared to write about it actually in case drawing attention to it bursts the bubble. I’m … Continue reading

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Polly Pharmacy? Who’s she?

Today I’m reflecting on a comment. A few days ago a relative asked if I wanted a glass of wine with dinner; I declined, explaining it didn’t mix well with my meds. Someone else, overhearing this, expressed irritation that my … Continue reading

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Where there is no spring and no autumn: the world of rapid cycling

Seasons are funny things. If you live in a equatorial region, you may barely experience them at all; if you live in a polar region you probably live part of the year in unremitting darkness which eventually gives way to … Continue reading

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A guest at an awkward party: a service user observes the acrimony between psychologists and psychiatrists

Last year I went to a barbeque with some friends, taking my partner and kids. It was a warm, golden evening. We sat out on the patio sipping wine and chatting while the children milled around, shooting each other with … Continue reading

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A matter of opinion: are all views on mental health equally valid?

A couple of weeks ago I took Guardian journalist Hannah Jane Parkinson for the headline, “Samaritans Radar is a crude tool for flagging suicide risks – but it will save lives”. I baulked at the word “will” in the face … Continue reading

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Keep Yourself Alive

I have already blogged about my recent adventures in insomnia (And still my brain whirs). Last week this was exacerbated by a rare side effect of sodium valproate: visual hallucinations. I never doubted that they were due to the valproate … Continue reading

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