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The messy side of mental health problems : what the media & campaigns don’t show

I was surprised to find myself largely neutral to the widespread mental health campaigns being run to raise awareness. I’ve seen many of these, encouraging people to talk about mental health and problems like depression and anxiety. Awareness is good, don’t get me wrong. I’ve seen media coverage featuring stories of

The real take-away message behind Lady Gaga’s fibromyalgia diagnosis

We may have missed the real message behind Lady Gaga's fibromyalgia diagnosis. News that superstar Lady Gaga has fibromyalgia has brought this still little known and often misunderstood chronic condition to the fore. The media is now widely reporting it; it is trending on social media, and people are probably finding out

‘Fibromylgia and wanting to die’ – World Suicide Prevention Day

It is by complete coincidence that I'm posting this on World Suicide Prevention Day. I drafted this post last week because I was looking at my google analytics, and saw that among the top searches that led to my blog was 'Fibromyalgia and wanting to die.' It's not uncommon that people

Promises that must  be kept

Right now I am thinking about the unconventional therapist who first, offered me her pot of yellow roses, then insisted on her beautiful cactus. "You have to bring them back to me," she said, "you have to promise," and I cannot forget the look in her eyes. Humans. Bizarre, intriguing and beautifully

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