New Year Same Me

It’s January, which means suddenly everyone and their mother is already on a diet. I got a leaflet for Slimming World stuck through my door on the 2nd for Christ’s sake. I’ve spent most of my life living with a variety of eating disorders, so I feel this is a good time to reflect onContinue reading “New Year Same Me”

No good deed

Since I’ve been working from home for the last month I’ve been getting to know some of my neighbours a little better. Actually, it’s mostly one neighbour. We’ll call him Bob. “Bob” is 65 and struggles with a serious case of anxiety. You see, Bob was born in the house that he lives in. HeContinue reading “No good deed”

Respawn: round fucking-whatever

I had a 45 minute telephone assessment last Monday. I had referred myself to the local Wellbeing service to ask for help managing my drinking, and Monday was my initial consultation.  Whenever you access a mental health service in the UK, you are asked to complete a questionnaire before your first appointment. This is toContinue reading “Respawn: round fucking-whatever”

Sobriety is harder in the dark

The clocks went back last week. On the 25th October, to be precise. So now it’s dark by 5pm, although it isn’t dark in the morning yet. But we’ve had almost four solid weeks of relentless rain, so it hardly gets light during the day at the moment. If I thought sobriety was hard overContinue reading “Sobriety is harder in the dark”

The anxiety of being well

Have you heard the parable of the boiling frog? It’s one of those metaphors that everyone seems to know, but don’t know where they know it from. The parable goes that if you drop a frog into boiling water it will just jump out, but if you drop a frog in cold water and heatContinue reading “The anxiety of being well”

The sticky issue of lubrication

Inspiration for this post comes from two sources: 1) a conversation with a friend who admitted that, despite being a nurse and thus educated about the variability of the human body, was too embarrassed to talk to her long term boyfriend about using lubricant. She was experiencing a little vaginal dryness, but rather than talkContinue reading “The sticky issue of lubrication”

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