Blog John, Mental Health

Sick Government = Sick Society.

I'm delighted to have become friends with Elle, both via this blog and getting to know her in the real world. It can be hard knowing that she's not having the best of times regarding her health. One thing I find most frustrating is that we are currently under the cosh of an inhumane government… Continue reading Sick Government = Sick Society.

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A Rucksack Full of Stones (Elle)

I've tried a few times in this blog to really describe what it feels like to be in my head/body. I thought that was my purpose in writing here, so that other people could  experience and understand it.  But I have a growing disquieting feeling now that it's actually impossible to let another human being share… Continue reading A Rucksack Full of Stones (Elle)

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The Energy Equation (Elle)

I feel that the experience of mental illness can be a journey. That's how I see it anyhow, though I totally understand those who feel that it's a static unending affliction they'd rather shake free of…. For me it's a journey, and can be a learning and growing experience. (Though perhaps it's just so painful… Continue reading The Energy Equation (Elle)

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Delusions Interview. John.

I've just done a short interview for a local magazine. It's in relation to me doing my show on mental health next month. I thought it might be of interest as some common misconceptions about mental health and comedy come up in it. i've tried to answer as concisely as possible... 1.You’ve been a comedian… Continue reading Delusions Interview. John.

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Treatment (The poor version)

In Elle's last response she spoke about a psychiatrists response to finding out some new information on an attack of psychosis she'd had...  I remember his response – part indignant (as if a great party had happened and he hadn’t been invited), part shocked – ‘Well I didn’t know about this!’  This made me think of… Continue reading Treatment (The poor version)

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Onset of Psychosis (ii) Elle

One morning I heard a demonic voice coming from my belly – 'I am the Devil'. I simply carried on, perhaps slightly perturbed. The next morning I heard the same voice from the other side of the room – 'Do not challenge me'… With utter certainty, in that moment, I knew three things – (1)… Continue reading Onset of Psychosis (ii) Elle