Creche

Of course I do not really need to explain the stress of dropping a 4-month-old baby off at crèche before racing into the morning traffic. A vivid memory is of scraping the ice from the car in pitch black at 06h30 while that precious bundle slept in her Maxi Cosy, to be given to a…

Chronic Pain

I think many of us suffering with a mental disturbance are so utterly consumed by what is happening in the brain that we pay no attention whatsoever to our physical wellbeing. A certain amount of naivety and arrogance is to blame for ignoring physical complaints and there is that feeling that they will go away…

Caffeine

Now I never thought in a million years that I would be writing about caffeine. What a dull topic, but it is very relevant as it has become clear that I am also addicted to it in the form of tea and diet coke or anything artificially sweetened. Bloody hell, talk about addictive personality! Living…

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a common type of mental health counselling (psychotherapy). With cognitive behavioural therapy, you work with a mental health expert to learn how to become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more positive way. It can be a…

Childhood

Parts of my childhood and upbringing are referenced throughout the book as obviously all our neuroses and characteristics, good and bad, are formed in our early years. A genetic disposition and a neglectful father clearly have played their part but I also want to make it clear that, once my father was out of the…

Breast Reduction

In 2010 I made one of the best decisions of my life and had a breast reduction. There had been many unhappy incidents leading up to this decision, one that I particularly remember, when I was the only belle at the prestigious Cambridge University May Ball who was not wearing a ball gown.

Bingeing

A problem throughout my life has been bingeing – either with food or alcohol. I was a binge drinker. I didn’t drink everyday but when I drank, I drank to excess and after the first glass of wine touched my system, I knew I would want more. Only iron willpower made me drink moderately and…

Brain Fog

I can only describe ”brain fog” in a somewhat pedestrian fashion, however those of you who have it will know automatically what I am talking about. It is like cotton wool in your brain on a good day. On a bad day it’s like having electric shocks in your head. The nerve endings go ballistic…