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Realism, Happiness, & Gay Catholics

A friend once told me that expectations lead to unhappiness because disappointment inevitably follows from the world’s lack of conformity to our desires.

So it’s better to be a realist. 423 more words


The unbearable invisibility of being mentally ill

For years I worked with brain injury. Depending upon the cause, damage to the brain can mark the survivor with more or less obvious physical impairments. 169 more words


The Case of the Lonely Lady

the following is my first foray into fiction on this blog – a selection from my series of short stories featuring Andy Sampson

Andy was strolling along the Southeast beaches, a lonely stretch of sand isolated from Metro City by a mile long dirt hiking trail that ran over rugged terrain through thick forest. 807 more words


Enrolled in Consumer Advocacy Course

Yesterday I enrolled in a Consumer Advocacy Course.

It’s run by the Institute of Psychiatry and the trainer in the head of the Consumer Advisory Group that I joined last year and attended the Whole of Health workshop the other week. 510 more words

Mental Health

Going Away to College

I’m leaving for London on Saturday, to start my course at Goldsmiths.  I’m a bundle of feelings: nervous about my course; excited about my course; sad to be leaving; happy that my life is going somewhere.   268 more words


Isn’t it funny how often only the hurt can heal the hurt?

Against 'objective' tests

One of the effects of the anti-subjective, objectifying approach in psychology and psychiatry is to leave subjects themselves in an alienated position with respect to their own suffering. 203 more words