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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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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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Mental health medication: is it always A Bad Thing?

‘So when can you come off your medication, now you’re feeling so much better?’, someone asked me recently. ‘Well…um, never,’ I replied. ‘It’d be good if you could come off it at some point,’ they said. ‘But I’ll always have bipolar – why would I want to do that?’ I said, trying hard to keep […]

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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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