Tag Archives: Rapid cycling

Lord don’t let me be misunderstood

I was about 10 or 11 when I first felt so misunderstood it stung. Somewhere between what we’d now call year 5 and year 6 I missed a memo. Suddenly being sensible and being able to answer questions in class … Continue reading

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Shadow boxing

I can’t even remember where I saw it advertised but when I saw pictures from the Royal Academy’s Wanderlust exhibition of the work of Joseph Cornell – an artist I had never even heard of – I was desperate to … Continue reading

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Mood crash investigation

Trigger warning: suicidal thoughts, suicide planning, railway suicide Tom is a great fan of air crash investigation programmes. He takes pride in knowing exactly which seats to choose to maximise our chances in the unlikely event of a crash. (I … Continue reading

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Whatever I do, I’ll probably be wrong

I’ve just been for a walk. This was a bit of an achievement, given that it took a tremendous effort to get out of bed and dressed, let alone to get myself outside (I didn’t manage to have a shower … Continue reading

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So this is Christmas – and what have I learned?

[Content note: discusses suicidal thoughts] Yesterday I was looking through some photos and came across pictures of Tom and I took in Bavaria last Christmas. Looking at them gave me a strange jolt. It suddenly felt like no time at … 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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Flotsam

[TW: suicidal thoughts] I found the early part of this year terrifying. During 2013 I had begun to feel that I had at least some level control over my mood state by using meds (tweaking the dose of my antipsychotic … Continue reading

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