How to recognise depression (part 2): some more signs

This is a follow up to my last post, How to recognise depression: the 3 signs you can’t afford to miss. (If you haven’t read that, you definitely should; these are only a few other things that may help.) Depression is a beast. Ok, sorry that came out of seemingly nowhere, but it’s true. It’s …

What it’s like to have depressive disorder

My last 3 posts (see here, here and here) were about laying out a basic understanding of mental illness. I’ll be taking on some of the more common mental disorders, beginning with one of the commonest and under-recognised: depression. Don’t say that later will be better Now you’re stuck in a moment And you can’t …

Why mental illness is no laughing matter

I was recently in a car with a couple of friends (they were actually a couple!) and the husband suddenly started laughing. His wife asked him what was funny and turning to me, he pointed out the window and said, laughter still in his voice: “Isn’t that one of your patients?” I looked in the …

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