Mental health: a personal view in verse

I wrote this verse during my first hospital admission, two weeks before I was to turn 19. The structure and language are self-conscious, embarrassingly so, but it held enough truth for one of the ward sisters to keep a copy. About 40 years later the same sister arrived to work the night shift on the…

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How do we naturally integrate environmental sensory inputs?

Sensory integration. What on earth is it? It could be just one thing, or it could be many. It can be experienced as an under- or over-sensitivity to sensory experiences, like touch, hearing, smell, and sight. And it probably affects most of us in some way, at some time. Perhaps you cannot bear the labels…

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Beside Myself

Just for a heartbeat I consider your view – look back at myself from the angle of you; mind breaking free to make sense for one time, takes a new slant on what’s me and what’s mine. Not far away from another place But very same day, in my own space. For I see no…

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – is this really the best we have?

According to articles from reputable publications cognitive behaviour therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for: alcohol and drug use dependency, anger problems, anxiety disorders, bipolar affective disorder, depression, eating disorders, hoarding, marital problems.Also: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, perinatal mental health problems, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosis.As well as: schizoaffective disorder,…

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CBT: criminal brain training

Twice this week I have read the words of intelligent persons extolling the virtues of CBT. That is twice too many. These are not scientists, nor psychologists, but individuals who have been shown the therapy, found it useful and feel compelled to recommend it to others. It may appear to be altruistic, but it can…

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Mindsets in a time of crisis

There will be an end to this Mental Lists We are already making mental lists of what we’ll do when restrictions are lifted completely: places we’re previously talked about visiting or re-visiting, experiences that we’ve read about or seen on TV. Not huge treks, nor extravagant escapades. If you’re hankering for those once-in-a-lifetime happenings then…

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