Forgot to put an intro card on this video – where is my head? I dunno. *eyeroll* So, excess emotions? Straightforward right? Nope. Not only are we talking about being overwhelmed by emotional states in illness (such as despair or anger), we’re talking about regaining emotions after being flatlined for a long time and not […]Read more "MHM Recovery 9 – Excess Emotion"
If you’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming film, you’ll know the subject here is a sensitive one. A woman snatched off the streets and held prisoner for nefarious reasons, who ends up giving birth to a boy called Jack and raising him in a tiny room. We join them as Jack reaches his fifth […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 29: Room by Emma Donoghue"
This is excellent science fiction, but it didn’t resonate with me entirely. I don’t often fail to gel with a book, and very rarely do I manage to read the entirety of a book I don’t gel with, but this is Greg Bear and he’s damn good at what he does, so I was able […]Read more "2015 Reading Challeng, Book 28: Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear"
Today I’m talking about the art of disappearing, either into yourself or something else. It can be a powerful tool against trauma, is in fact one of the most powerful ways the mind combats it. It’s also a body defense against stress, the actual nervous system behind that shutting down of all but the most […]Read more "MHM Recovery 8 – Dissociation and Distraction"
This is a Victorian Gothic mystery or murder mystery I’ve had hanging about in my bookcase for a good while. I put it on my reading challenge list as the whole idea was to expand my reading habits and generally speaking I avoid all Victoriana related things as they’re a little too stylised and misty-eyed. […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 27: The Somnambulist By Essie Fox"
Austen is an artist who isn’t creating anymore after some serious mess in his personal life and general artistic frustration. Stuck in a dull 9-5 job and drifting through life, he has a prat fall in a parking lot that leaves him with brain damage and hefty epilepsy. His fits leave him with strange visions […]Read more "2015 Reading Challenge, Book 26: Bad Brains by Kathe Koja"
Talking today about how it is your MH problem can become your comfort zone, making it hard for you to move beyond it into wellness and the larger world even as you recover. When you’re ill and can become anxious even about familiar places, you might end up stuck in a very small environment with […]Read more "MHM Recovery 7: Illness As A Comfort Zone"