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Misdiagnosis in psychiatry: Where do we go from here?

Anyone who blogs will tell you the key is to keep it short. OK, failed on that one. On a regular basis, as it goes (unaccustomed as I am to being anything but verbose). You’re also supposed to update often. Failed again. In fact, this may be my biggest blogging fail yet. In a matter […]

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Dating & mental health: To tell or not to tell?

I’ve decided that it might be time to venture back into the dating zoo. A few weeks ago I sat down to write an online dating profile and thought ‘How hard can it be?’ After all, I’m old enough to know what my interests are (I like books, especially when they’re in colour order), to embrace […]

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‘Dear Stranger’: an inspiring anthology of letters on happiness

A few months ago I was asked to contribute a letter to an anthology being published by Mind and Penguin. The remit was to write a letter to a stranger on the subject of happiness, to be interpreted however I and the other 49 contributors saw fit. When I first clapped eyes on ‘Dear Stranger’, […]

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Single-Parenting and Mental Health

The other day my eight-year-old son caught me dancing in the bathroom. “Not that you’d ever want to, but if you did that in a nightclub you’d probably catch a man.” Hilarity filled the house, as it so often does. His daily pint-sized views on life generally guarantee that. As it’s Mother’s Day today, I’m […]

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Anxiety nation: what can we do about it?

    Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off today and this year’s theme is anxiety. I recently wrote a feature on anxiety for Psychologies magazine in which experts told me we are living in ‘anxious times’. So how anxious are we and why? Are we getting the help? And what can we do about it? […]

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Mental health and laughter: a pathway out of depression?

‘Puerile’. That’s how one of my best friends recently described my sense of humour. I like to think I’m a bit more sophisticated than that, but on reflection, no – it’s a fair cop. I have a remote controlled fart machine which has probably used up more batteries than any other gadget in my house. […]

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Cave-dwelling: depression, ‘wobbles’ and seeing the light

Once, as an outdoorsy, devil-may-care teenager, I went caving. Wading through the black, up to my nose in chilly water, I found it thrilling…until I had to shimmy my way along a horizontal passageway just inches wider than my body and I thought I was going to be stuck in the cave forever. I got […]

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The Sun & mental health: come on, you can do better…

As a former health writer and deputy health editor at The Sun, I’ve spent many an occasion batting off laughs, sneers and suggestions that Britain’s favourite red top couldn’t possibly ‘take health seriously’. When I wrote for the health section of the country’s biggest selling national newspaper, I felt privileged to have an opportunity to […]

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Bipolar snakes and ladders – what’s your visual image?

‘It’s a slippery slope, this bipolar stuff’. That’s how actor Michael Douglas recently described wife Catherine Zeta-Jones’ bipolar. Yup, definitely slippery. As someone who has struggled with bipolar disorder, I can vouch for that. But it’s something else, too. Waiting for the bell to ring in my son’s school playground recently, it struck me what […]

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