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Depression Diary, Part 5

(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)
Last week saw a couple of quiet but significant personal milestones. Firstly, my 25th consecutive post on this blog went up, a point I never expected to reach. Come to think of it, I may have had more published in the last couple of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 5:43 pm

Staying Alive, Eagle Eye

Staying Alive

Depression Diary, Part 4
(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)
I type this from the back seat of our delegation’s minibus, the laptop perched on my rucksack on my knees. I was hoping to have time to write this at the hotel, but we’re running late and our schedule is overstuffed (that’s a good thing, by the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 at 7:28 pm

The Drugs Do Work (Sort Of), Eagle Eye

The Drugs Do Work (Sort Of)

Every morning, in between the usual grunts and scrapings, I take three friendly-looking green and yellow capsules and swallow them.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 4:45 pm

The Bubble and the Fear, Eagle Eye

The Bubble and the Fear

Depression Diary, Part 2
(Part 1)
Most writing about depression, mine included, rightly focuses on the pain and misery involved. The idea of sadness unattached to a cause is difficult, in my experience, for non-sufferers to get their head around.
Every depressive dreads the well-intentioned but worse-than-useless advice normals give us: Have you tried exercise? Fake it ’til [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 at 5:11 pm

I Can’t Think of a Thing to Write About, Eagle Eye

I Can’t Think of a Thing to Write About

Depression Diary, Part 1
My name is Tom Doran, and I am a clinical depressive.
Some of you already know that, if you read the column I wrote on the subject in November 2012. I tried to convey how it feels inside my head when things are at their worst:
I am a worthless excuse for a human [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 at 2:54 pm

Secondary breast cancer: Room for one, Health

Secondary breast cancer: Room for one

When you are ill you have to spend a lot of time on your own. Most of that time falls under the banner of ‘resting’, ‘recuperating’ or ‘feeling rough’. I’m lucky in that I have always been happy in my own company. Although I am also very sociable and chatty when in company.

By | Health, Notebook | Monday, 16 September 2013 at 6:00 am

How new digital technology is helping young people to cope with mental illnesses, Bytesize

How new digital technology is helping young people to cope with mental illnesses

Mental illness can be your very worst companion. It might keep you in your bed all day, coiling round you with its tight embrace and soft whispers, “Stay here. The morning’s past and you’ll never manage anyway. You can try again tomorrow but today’s already lost.” When bedtime beckons, you might not sleep. Your illness bothers you with its tears and its worries or its silence until morning returns.

By | Bytesize, Digital Digest | Tuesday, 12 March 2013 at 3:19 pm

Living with postnatal depression: ‘I felt terrified of motherhood and had no love for my baby’, Health

Living with postnatal depression: ‘I felt terrified of motherhood and had no love for my baby’

Depression – I never believed in this word, especially not postnatal depression, how could anyone be depressed when they have a wonderful new baby, I thought?

By | Health, Notebook, Science & Technology | Friday, 21 December 2012 at 1:49 pm

The Army of Angels: War wounds aren’t necessarily physical, Health

The Army of Angels: War wounds aren’t necessarily physical

My name is Stephen Valentine and I was born in November 1969. At the age of 18, I decided to enlist in the British Army as a driver in the Royal Corps of Transport (RCT). I completed my basic training in February 1988 and was then posted to eight Squadron, 27 Regiment RCT, at Buller Barracks in Aldershot.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 18 December 2012 at 4:21 pm

Dr Norman Rosenthal: ‘After all, who wants to prescribe a 10-year-old with Prozac?’, Health

Dr Norman Rosenthal: ‘After all, who wants to prescribe a 10-year-old with Prozac?’

Dr Norman Rosenthal is used to looking outside the box for answers to conditions such as seasonal affective disorder and post-traumatic stress. His work has sometimes put him at odds with a largely conservative medical establishment who forget that many of today’s procedures were themselves questioned in the past.

By | Health, Notebook | Monday, 22 October 2012 at 1:27 pm

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