Duloxetine
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Duloxetine

“There are risks to antidepressant treatment, but the risks of untreated depression are worse.” ~ John Bailey So, the second time I was sick enough to start taking medication the first one they put me on was duloxetine – brand name Cymbalta. This was after I’d taken an overdose and then begun self harming. The … Continue reading

Simple Pleasures 4
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Simple Pleasures 4

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” ~ Oscar Wilde Simple pleasures… >…when your favourite team wins >…bread sticks and hummous >…a blanket of snow when you don’t have to be anywhere >…watching the waves on the beach >…blowing bubbles >…eating what’s left of the cake mixture out of the … Continue reading

Simple Pleasures 3
Life

Simple Pleasures 3

“One must be prepared to fight for one’s simple pleasures and to defend them against elegance and erudition and all manner of glamorous enticements.” Amor Towles Simple Pleasures… >…kissing >…a tidy house >…your favourite poem >…finding old love letters >…strawberries and cream >…the smell of old books >…new lambs >…a good, long laugh >…candle light … Continue reading

I Asked A Bunch Of People How They Felt About Their Vulvas
#StartAConversation / Menstruation, Contraception, and Gynaecology

I Asked A Bunch Of People How They Felt About Their Vulvas

“Moving from phonetics to etymology, ‘vagina’ originates from a word meaning sheath for a sword. Ain’t got no vagina.” ~ Inga Muscio So, a late night conversation on Twitter last week led me to conduct some more polling. Completely non-scientific, non-generalisable polling of course. I like to think of it as finding out what a room … Continue reading

Mental Illness Isn’t A Motive For Murder. It Just Isn’t.
#StartAConversation / Mental health / Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Illness Isn’t A Motive For Murder. It Just Isn’t.

“The mentally ill frighten and embarrass us. And so we marginalise the people who most need our acceptance.  What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candour, more unashamed conversation. ~ Glenn Close So, as I see that the ‘mentally ill loner’ trope has reared it’s ugly head again, and as pretty unsociable mentally ill … Continue reading

At Last An Advert Finally Acknowledges That We Bleed
Menstruation, Contraception, and Gynaecology / Mental Health & Wellbeing

At Last An Advert Finally Acknowledges That We Bleed

“When she bleeds the smells I know change colour. There is iron in her soul on those days. She smells like a gun.” ~ Jeanette Winterson So, we’ve spent a lifetime watching sanitary towel and tampons adverts that show product demonstrations using some smooth, pale blue gel/liquid which doesn’t resemble anything that actually exists outside of … Continue reading