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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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Reflections on postnatal depression

Like many adults, I seem to spend much of my time trying to remember things – you know, remembering to collect the dry-cleaning before they auction it off to the highest bidder, remembering where I put my keys (in my bag, apart from that time when the dog was sleeping on them), remembering not to […]

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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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Mental illness: it’s not about ‘choice’

Every day of our lives we apparently make thousands of choices, from the banal to the relatively momentous. I’ve thought about the concept of ‘choice’ a lot lately, prompted by mental ill-health and the inference that, perhaps, people like me ‘choose’ to be unwell. It rattles me. So now let’s get a few things straight. […]

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Mental health services for MPs: what about the rest of us?

MPs are to benefit from a clinic that’s being set up at Westminster to help growing numbers of them to cope with depression and anxiety. Officials have approved £25,000 per year to fund specialist treatment after doctors in the House of Commons reported growing numbers of MPs with these mental health problems. Unsurprisingly, the response […]

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Mental health diagnosis: relief or millstone?

After my last blog entry, one of my good friends commented, “I reckon you should say whether you mean losing friends before or after diagnosis. Now you’ve got a diagnosis, it explains why you were a bit random and crazy before.” Fair point. I would imagine there’s something very different about seeing a friend’s ‘random […]

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Man bites dog: tell me things are changing…

After such a ‘ta-dah!’ announcement of my blog, I have been pondering over what my first ‘proper’ blog entry should be. As a health journalist, I know that any given day offers up so much material by way of worthy mental health discussion topics, as well as all the soapbox issues that I’ve been racking […]

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Madness and sadness – let’s discuss…

Welcome to my blog. Once upon a time, not that long ago, I was Deputy Health Editor on a national newspaper and an award-winning health writer (I also co-wrote a book but I think my mum bought all the available copies). I was doing just fine. But then life happened and now – in addition […]

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