Serious health problems? Do you feel got at?

Why do I feel, yet again, got at? First came the professionals with their sound medical backgrounds, wanting to help. We took the advice and fistfuls of pills hoping to get better. Then came what in any other era or field would have been dismissed as quacks. Perhaps we needed to look to our pasts,…

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Discrimination: under the skin

At its most basic discrimination is the positive or negative selective treatment of one group over another. The treatment may be unequal, unfair, or prejudicial; sometimes illegal. It is well on the way to being a ‘catch-all’ term for negative, perhaps toxic, attitudes particularly in situations of ableism, ageism, chauvinism, classism, heterosexism, racism, sexism; the…

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Trust – is it worth the risk?

“Just let go,” the joker cried, “I’ll catch you.” or maybe not, I thought, my mind in conflict remembering unsaved falls, deceived acquaintances who heard the smooth words and believed. “I’ll give it back.” The small boy whined “Just one go.” but one is never only one – I’d seen when pleasure leads to broken…

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Rock Face: a poem on deflection

Rock Face – the poem vocal assault of bluntnessparry and thrust of the jokervacuous echoes filling spaceavoidance of the interloper Rock Face – the image Today I had an assessment / pre-course meeting for goal setting prior to beginning a DBT skills course for people with autism spectrum disorder.Yesterday I was wound up about it,…

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Annoying News Items: is it just me?

To clarify, it is not the actual News item. It is the ‘facts’ they use to support it. Today I read a News item about buying medication online. It is, potentially, a very dangerous thing to do and should be discouraged. Actually, it should be stopped. It can ruin lives. The drug in question was…

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