Category Archives: Depression

A cough in the night

My upstairs neighbour goes to bed at 10-30, and gets up at 5-30. I know this because I live in a 1960s high-rise block, and in the 1960s the phrase “sound insulation” would have seemed like the phrase “heat wrapping” … Continue reading

Posted in About me, Depression | Comments Off on A cough in the night

An unusually sincere post for Commercial Exploitation of Emotional Attachment day

It is traditional (although, actually, it seems I skipped it last year) for me, as a single person, to mark Valentine’s day with a facetious post. A post in which I pretend to be filled with bitter, twisted resentment at … Continue reading

Posted in About me, Depression, Music | Tagged , | Comments Off on An unusually sincere post for Commercial Exploitation of Emotional Attachment day

An update re. my mental state

Apparently, it has been almost three weeks since I last posted anything here. That’s an awfully long time – it must be about the longest I’ve gone in the almost 6 years since I started this blog. I feel like … Continue reading

Posted in About me, Anxiety, Depression, General mental weirdness | Tagged , | Comments Off on An update re. my mental state

In case you thought I was over-egging the TV cruelty thing…

In my last post, in the course of wondering why people are so horrible about The Great British Bake Off, I expressed dismay at the ubiquity of cruelty in TV. It occurs to me that might have seemed slightly over-egged: … Continue reading

Posted in About me, Depression, Media commentary, Stuff I've read, Stuff I've watched | Comments Off on In case you thought I was over-egging the TV cruelty thing…

Some small thoughts on death, oblivion, etc.

Yay! It’s another cheery post from Aethelread, your ever-ready source of good times and non-stop party fun!!

Posted in About me, Depression, Stuff I've read | Comments Off on Some small thoughts on death, oblivion, etc.

Extreme OCD. Oh.

I try to avoid self-diagnosis, I really do. In my most recent post I tied myself in lexical knots in order not to suggest that I had received a diagnosis other than the one I received ~10 years ago now: … Continue reading

Posted in About me, Anxiety, Depression, General mental weirdness, Psychology, Stuff I've read, Stuff I've watched | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Of depression: the different types, and there (probably) being an epidemic of neither

Depression is back in the news again, thanks to the recent revelation that 2012 saw the highest ever number of antidepressant prescriptions in England – more than 50 million, apparently. This had led to an orgy of ill-informed comment (most … Continue reading

Posted in About me, Anxiety, Depression, General mental weirdness, Hearing voices, Media commentary, Psychiatry, Psychology | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

TV review: Don’t Call Me Crazy

Don’t Call Me Crazy is a documentary series on BBC3. You can watch all the episodes on the iPlayer until next Monday night – 15th July 2013 – if you’re in the UK. At the time of writing I’ve seen … Continue reading

Posted in About me, Anxiety, Depression, General mental weirdness, Psychiatry, Psychology, Stuff I've watched, The NHS | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

I had a good couple of weeks

This is going to be a post of a kind I don’t write much any more – about my own, current, mental ill-health. It’s likely to be maudlin, and self-indulgent. So if that doesn’t interest you – and who could … Continue reading

Posted in About me, Anxiety, Depression, General mental weirdness | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Mental health campaigns can backfire

Mark ‘One in Four’ Brown has written a typically thoughtful and interesting blog post for the BBC to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. In it he wonders whether a standard tactic deployed by self-appointed mental health campaigners – that of … Continue reading

Posted in About me, Depression, General mental weirdness, Social commentary, Stuff I've read, The benefit system | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments