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My healthy eating plan led to anorexia and depression. Food bloggers should make it clear that everything is OK in moderation
I got into clean eating with a friend around my AS levels, when I was 16. My friends only followed the diet for about two weeks but when they all stopped I continued. I got addicted to it and I lost loads of weight.
We all started the diet because we were really stressed and tired and had heard eating better made you feel better, but for me it went wrong.Continue Reading »
The unrelenting pressure of the job tipped me into depression. After almost 20 years, I’ve realised that it’s just not worth it
When I began teaching 18 years ago, I poured everything I had into it. I started at a tough inner-city Manchester school. I ran after-school football and film clubs, and produced Shakespeare plays with 8- to 11-year-olds. I was glad to be observed 10 times in a gruelling five-day Ofsted visit (it was 1998). I put so much in and got so much out – I was young, single and I didn’t care about late nights and early mornings.Continue Reading »
Danish research finds that women on combined contraceptive pill are 23% more likely to be prescribed antidepressants
Women who take the contraceptive pill are more likely to be treated for depression, according to a large study.
Millions of women worldwide use hormonal contraceptives, and there have long been reports that they can affect mood. A research project was launched in Denmark to look at the scale of the problem, involving the medical records of more than a million women and adolescent girls.Continue Reading »
A quest to restore the grave of Australia’s first cricket great and the father of Aussie Rules has brought a Melbourne teacher personal salvation
If there’s something a lifetime of following footy teaches you it’s that the rain never arrives when you want it to. With that in mind I find myself standing in a persistent drizzle on the corner of Upper Heidelberg road and Darebin street in Heidelberg, 13km north-east of Melbourne, on a dark and gloomy morning that at least offers a bright prospect.
Local English as an additional language teacher, amateur football historian and true believer Phil Dimitriadis is about to guide me through the gates of Warringal cemetery to the newly restored grave of Tom Wills, the founder and father of Australian rules football. Finals beckon, so its hard to begrudge winter’s lingering chill.Continue Reading »
I didn’t think accepting my symptoms would be helpful. But slowly, it became clear that meditation works for me
I’d been running from or fighting my depression for two and a half years, and neither approach had worked. Relentlessly dogged by self-punishing thoughts, heavy, tensed-up limbs, heart palpitations and a churning gut, I’d done everything I could to shake myself clear of the continuing hell of daily existence.Continue Reading »
Shaun Tan completes graphic novel after author Mel Tregonning’s suicide: ‘Her absence made me try even harder’
Small Things tells of a lonely boy, struggling with worry. But the author also had mental health issues, and died before it was finished
It would be too easy to draw parallels between the suffering artist and her creation: she draws a child, sad and anxious, being eaten away by strange shapes, the self diminishing.
There are no words. Just a silent world of intricate artwork, hundreds of black and white drawings of a small boy, lonely in his ordinary life, with an obvious theme of mental torment. The artist works doggedly on this one picture book for eight years then, when she is so close to finishing, only a few drawings to go, she takes her own life.Continue Reading »
Kharagpur research centre will examine theory that investment in mental health of citizens reaps economic as well as spiritual reward
Build roads, electrify villages, clean up the holy river Ganges: for the past 70 years, successive governments in India have stuck with virtually identical to-do lists for the country’s development. Now, a new item seems to have cropped up on the political agenda: make people happy.
In July, the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh announced it would open a ministry of happiness, and start a string of happiness-inducing programmes including yoga, arts, and free religious pilgrimages for the elderly.Continue Reading »
The ideal of a doctor as a tower of strength, indefatigable and resourceful is one that most are happy to embody to the detriment of their lives and patient safety
A patient came to see me at my GP practice the other day. “I know you from the hospital,” he said. “It was you I saw on the night I went to A&E.” He paused, and then added: “You seemed tired”.
I couldn’t recall the event – it occurred during the A&E rotation of my GP training in 2014. At the time I felt that night work was killing me slowly. Driving home in the mornings I used to fear it might kill me quite suddenly. In that particular job I was obliged to alternate so frequently and jarringly between day and night work that after three months my life had blurred into a homogeneous grey fog in which I took pills to go to sleep and pills to wake up again. Driving was hazardous but working wasn’t straightforward either. On one occasion I fell asleep while phoning a patient’s relative in the middle of the afternoon. After three months I was struggling, my heart was skipping beats and I was so depressed that I started to think that maybe crashing my car wouldn’t be such a bad idea.Continue Reading »
Springsteen’s frankness about mental health extends the evolution of our notion of American manhood and adds a new layer to our understanding of his work
In 2012, Bruce Springsteen released Wrecking Ball, an album groaning with grim tales of able-bodied men who can’t get jobs, money lenders who suck small towns dry and monuments torn down without regard to history or sentiment.
At the time, it seemed an apt reflection of the lingering American recession. Now, it has come to light, it also reflected something personal.Continue Reading »
Singer describes ‘freight train bearing down’ on him in interview ahead of release of new autobiography Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen has written of his long battle with depression and his difficult relationship with his father, in his forthcoming autobiography Born to Run.
The 66-year-old singer – nicknamed the Boss – reveals that he first saw a psychotherapist more than three decades ago and that his wife, the singer Patti Scialfa, has witnessed his bouts of mental illness.
Related: Bruce Springsteen: born to writeContinue Reading »