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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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Nick Clegg interview: Dealing with mental health “is a national duty.”

Recently, I was in hospital overnight for an operation when the nurse on duty came in with some painkillers. “The doctors said I can take this, too,” I told her, revealing the small white tablet in my hand. When I explained it was an antipsychotic for my bipolar, her expression changed. I could only imagine […]

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Anti-psychotic meds & ‘offsetting’: can metformin help us ‘have it all’?

Recently I’ve been teaching my eight-year-old about the principle of ‘offsetting’. “If we pay 99p for a second-hand book rather than £7.99 for a new one, you’ll still have enough money left for a small Lego set,” I tell him. He likes it because it feels like he’s constantly getting a bonus (“I get two […]

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How to Help Young Adults with Mental Health Problems

As I drove home from a recent night out, a young woman stumbled out of the darkness into the road ahead of me. She was extremely distressed (not to mention totally lost) so I offered to drive her home. During our journey, Lara* told me that her dad hated her and she hadn’t seen him […]

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