Category Archives for "Thinking about mental health"

Introducing…colloquial depression

A new name for an old problem I think it’s time we all just agree that on two kinds of depression. Clinical depression and… Colloquial depression. If you’ve not heard of the second, it’s because I made it up. But as you will soon see, I only made up the name. But it’s really a thing. […]

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20 facts about depression you probably don’t know

You’ll never guess number…just kidding! “Depression.” It’s such a commonly used word, isn’t it? When last did you use it yourself? This week? A month ago? Did you using it of yourself or someone you know? But then do you really know what depression is? What it means for someone to have it? Here’s your chance […]

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The most unhelpful question when things go wrong

And 2 reasons it’s so common There’s a question I often get from people I’m working with that breaks my heart. The question is this: “How do I get back to who I used to be?” It’s a question I understand, being as human as they are. But the reason it breaks my heart is, it’s […]

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3 things mental illness and cancer share in common

 In commemoration of World Cancer Day 2017 The first time someone I knew had cancer, I didn’t even know that was what it was. I was not yet 10, and all I knew that my close friend had lost his father over the course of a protracted illness to something called “leukaemia.” It was many more […]

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Why are emotional wounds so hard to “treat”?

So in my last post, “How our wounds make us human,” I explained what a wound is. I’ll recap the definition: An emotional wound is the “breakage” in your image of yourself or of life, that’s caused by a negative experience. In this post, I’ll be unpacking that definition and showing you why wounds can be so […]

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