My breakdown…

If anyone is wondering why I’m still writing about myself, I have to confess that my brain is no longer working very well – I’m coming to why – and writing what’s in the forefront of it is my best shot at writing anything worthwhile.

I can’t begin to tell you how heartbreaking that is. For years my intellect and the wordmill in my head are all I’ve had – because physically, almost nothing worked – now that’s being taken away from me.

It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that I’ve been devoting a hell of a lot of time to researching why. Finally, I believe I have an answer. It’s not one I want.

In hospital, it quickly became apparent, talking to doctors, that my memory was full of holes. This has been a problem for as long as I’ve had ME, and it’s always been temporary – lost words, missing concepts, would always reappear, sometimes sooner, often later, but they’d always come back.

Now, as far as I can tell, what’s lost is gone forever and not coming back – sunk in my Continue reading

Ed Miliband and the mental health problem…

Not for the first time, I find myself wondering exactly which planet Ed Miliband inhabits.

In his first major speech since the Labour Party conference he said that, just as Disraeli addressed the national challenge of sanitation in the 19th Century, and the foundation of the NHS followed in the 20th Century, the mental health challenge facing the UK must be addressed this century.

“One in four of us will have a mental illness at some point in our lifetime,” he also said.

He said, too, that, while Continue reading

Mentally ill? Don’t worry, work is what you need – apparently…

Iain Duncan Smith is a mendacious sack of shit – an observation I’ve made, all too often, over the past 2 years. If you want even more evidence that he’s responsible for a lot of the output of his DWP Lie Factory, a propaganda machine that must have the shade of Joseph Goebbels creaming his jackboots with envy, try this sanctimonious bollocks in today’s Express. The subject – mental illness and work.

Among much else to infuriate any normal person, he says this:- Continue reading