2012: A Pro/Con List

PRO: My mental health. 2012 was the year that I finally sought proper, professional help for the mental health problems that I have suffered for most of my life. I received a diagnosis, so now I know for sure that there is something wrong, it's not just that I'm wrong as I'd always feared. And I started therapy and… Continue reading 2012: A Pro/Con List

Mental health, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Who Am I?

I went to another meeting today, an appeal hearing, to discuss the ongoing saga of my grievance against my employer. At least I think it was me. And yet somehow I was the only person in the room that I didn't recognise. There was the woman from HR, my manager's manager, and this strange quiet,… Continue reading Who Am I?

Beauty & Style, Body Image, Dating, Relationships, Sex, Sex, Dating & Relationships

Size Is Just A Number

"Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti." ~ Sophia Loren So I've been reading some of the publicity around Robyn Lawley (above) becoming the first 'plus size' face of Ralph Lauren. Plus size of course meaning bigger than sample size, not necessarily big. This in turn got me to thinking about the many conversations about… Continue reading Size Is Just A Number

Mental health, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Working

What-a To Do?

Today was the first day of my phased return to work that I had to work full time hours. Not that any more work got done than when I was on part time hours, what with a fire drill that was swiftly followed by seven of us being stuck in the half metre square lift… Continue reading What-a To Do?

Sad woman face with smeared makeup
Mental health, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Critical Condition

(Getty Images/Alina555/Vetta) “I've realized therapy is incredibly therapeutic.” ~ Lisa Schroeder I've been reading the comments on this excellent article by Gaby Dunn on Thought Catalog with interest. Particularly the views of commenters who have negative views on therapy and see those who seek it as weak or self-indulgent. The article explains why she tries to… Continue reading Critical Condition

Mental health, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Relationships

What’s In A Name?

“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.” ~Chuck Palahniuk As we need others to offer a stable reflection to keep us sane, we also need other people to help us to form our identities. A large part of our self-image is derived from the view of ourselves… Continue reading What’s In A Name?

Beauty & Style, Body Image, Life, Physical health

A Useless Object?

Why do so many people own bathroom scales? What is the point of them? I mean, I know they tell you how much you weigh, but why do you need to know to the nearest kilogram? Competitive fighters need to know, and jockeys. They have to weigh in before they can do their thing. But… Continue reading A Useless Object?

#medications, Mental health, Mental Health & Wellbeing


For those who don't already know, the mirtazapine referred to in the title is an antidepressant drug. It belongs to a category of noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressants. This basically means that it works to increase the amounts of noradereneline and serotonin in your brain, which in turn work to regulate your mood and hopefully… Continue reading Mirtazapine

helping someone with depression
Mental health, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Six Things To Say To A Person With Depression

(Image Credit) “I didn't want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that's really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you're so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” ~ Ned Vizzini, It's Kind of a Funny Story I've seen lots of… Continue reading Six Things To Say To A Person With Depression