As a comedian I have my dream job. Of that I am never in doubt. However, as many can imagine there are times when my job can become a nightmare. I found myself at one such night this weekend and it made me reflect on a period when I was at my most unhappy and… Continue reading When Comedy Becomes Inhospitable. (John)
We talk a lot about triggers these days. So I thought I'd write a blog about my own triggers in the hope it will help better people understand how they affect people with my condition. The American Psychiatric Association describes triggers as this... What are triggers? We generally know the word trigger to mean an… Continue reading Triggered (Well…nearly) (John)
I'm doing my Delusions Stand up show at The Live Theatre Newcastle on July 26 9.00pm. Here's a little interview thing I did to promote it. Please do come along. I promise it is a very funny show. https://www.facebook.com/NewcastleCityCouncil/videos/10155798292078790/UzpfSTc2MDg3MTIzOTozMDYwNjExMjk0OTk0MTQ6MTA6MDoxNTMzMTA2Nzk5OjI2MTk0ODM0NzcxOTYzMDky
I've had an acute mental health diagnosis for 24 years. Initially misdiagnosed with schizophrenia aged 24, then changed to Bipolar One around the age of 30. One element I recall, from those early encounters with chronic mental health, is that the condition and the words associated with it really messed with the core identity of… Continue reading Who We Are.
My Kanye West can at best be described as a bit of a muddle of a man. One day espousing the plight of the African American, the next being a very public advocate of Donald Trump, the later being a man who shows little fear of being openly racist about the same community. So when… Continue reading No Kanye, Bipolar Ain’t No Superpower.
it would be better to ask me a question about my life and learn something than have an opinion on it and learn nothing. (Elle) Today's blog by me was all going to be about endorphins and me having taken up a wee bit of running. (We'll come to that another day) But after reading Elle's… Continue reading More Opinions. (John)
I've said before that for me, mania isn't plain sailing. It's a long time since I had a 'pure' manic episode characterized by elation and expansiveness and psychosis that reflects that and makes me feel like I'm in control of the universe….. These days when I go up and over it quickly becomes far spikier… Continue reading Cosmic Re-entry Syndrome (Elle)
We've all got our heroes in life. One of my main entry points into the arts was discovering the Sex Pistols around nine years old. Pretty young for a punk but I was genuinely enthralled by them. Over my days I've remained a big fan, of not just the music, but of John Lydon and… Continue reading Disability and the Punk Attitude (John)
I was chatting with Elle the other day and I mentioned that writing this blog, plus doing my show, has reminded me that I am often 'just one closed door away from the problems this condition can cause.' Last saturday, late at night and while residing away from home I had a panic attack. It… Continue reading Panic. (John)
Please don’t take it all too seriously, some of this ended up in the show. However, the point on romanticising bad mental health I feel is still a pertinent one… As I've said on this blog I do stand up comedy about my experiences with mental health. I've put a link to such stuff above.… Continue reading Funny Tales 1. (John)