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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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Self-help books & Books on Prescription: an update

In my last blog, I mentioned the Books on Prescription scheme and how I’d try to find the ‘definitive’ list for books on mental health. I’ve been in touch with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an RCPsych spokesperson has told me: “Several good ‘books on prescription’ schemes exist locally, but we’re aiming to roll out a national scheme with […]

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Self-help books & depression: can they really help?

Each night, my six-year-old and I dip into Penguin’s ‘Pocket Jokes’ book to go to sleep on a laugh (it’s life-affirming – try it). Current favourite: What did the 0 say to the 8? ‘Nice belt!’ The other book I’ve got on the go right now is about depression, the antithesis of a book of […]

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