#StartAConversation, Mental health

What’s It Like Being A Borderline?

“In some ways, com­ing to terms with my­self and work­ing to­ward re­cov­ery has been like say­ing “I love you” to some­one but keep­ing a loaded gun hid­den in your back pocket, just in case that per­son pisses you off enough.” ~ Kiera Van Gelder So, those of you who follow me on Twitter may know that I've… Continue reading What’s It Like Being A Borderline?

#medications, Mental Health & Wellbeing

So Mirtazapine

“Sylvie wishes the anti-depressants had been around when she was in her early twenties, not only to rescue her from the dark tunnels that came when her brother first got sick, but also to keep her from fucking all those assholes.” ~ Francesca Lia Block So, as I mentioned last week Mirtazapine was the second medication… Continue reading So Mirtazapine

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(Image: Wikimedia) "If you're taking an antidepressant, it's working, and you're not experiencing side effects, go on taking it. But if it's not working, or not working well enough, or if you have side effects you don't like, talk to your doctor about an alternative approach." ~ Irving Kirsch So, I said that I was… Continue reading Paroxetine

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Some Thoughts On Medication

"It takes, on average, six attempts to find the antidepressant that works for you." ~ my social worker I haven't really mentioned mental health medication since I named this page after one and explained what it was and my experiences of it. And I'm not actually on that one any more. I do make a… Continue reading Some Thoughts On Medication

Mental health, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Mental Illness Is Not…

“It's my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.” ~ Jennifer Niven Mental illness is not...  > ...your… Continue reading Mental Illness Is Not…

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My Advice To The Newly Diagnosed

(Image source: Getty Images) “I thought the doctor's diagnosis was the first step to mending her. I know now that a diagnosis is taken in like an orphaned dog. We brought it home, unsure how to care for it, to live with it. It raised its hackles, snarled, hid in the farthest corner of the… Continue reading My Advice To The Newly Diagnosed

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So, I know in my last post I said that I would be writing a lot about sex in the following weeks, and then didn't post anything for a month. Unfortunately in the last few weeks I've been sick, had a bereavement, been made redundant, worried about loved ones, and the world in general has… Continue reading Coping

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6 Pillars of Mental Stability

“But I knew it was pure masturbation, because down in my gut I wanted nothing more than a clean bed and a bright room and something solid to call my own at least until I got tired of it. There was an awful suspicion in my mind that I'd finally gone over the hump, and… Continue reading 6 Pillars of Mental Stability

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More Like Remission Then Recovery?

Recovery noun: recovery; plural noun: recoveries a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength. Remission noun: remission a temporary diminution of the severity of disease or pain. ~ OED So, I mentioned the other day that I'm feeling better, and that unlike last time I told you I was better, when I was… Continue reading More Like Remission Then Recovery?

Mental health, Mental Health & Wellbeing

A Thing I Wrote To Have Written A Thing

I've been saying that I was going to post something here for almost three months now, and then never quite getting round to sitting down and actually writing anything. So, I've decided, as I have an unexpected afternoon off, to just post a, well, post, so that I've finally done what I said I was… Continue reading A Thing I Wrote To Have Written A Thing