The more work I do with Therapist 2.0, the more I’m coming to understand the huge significance of language and (mis)interpretation of ideas. She gave me a handout on distress tolerance last week, and I had to take her up on it this week because it made me really uncomfortable. Two of the behaviours that were described were willingness and willfulness, with the latter ideally being replaced by the former….

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Comfort eating

I’m a chronic comfort eater. I eat  when I’m sad, when I’m bored, when I’m anxious, when I’m tired, when I’m angry, when I’m stressed……I rarely eat because I’m actually hungry. If any of the above are the reasons for my eating, I also barely taste whatever it is I’m trying to settle myself with because I eat it so fast. 9 times out of 10 it will be the wrong…

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Lists, lists, lists

There is so much new learning coming at me at the moment. For the most part, it’s wonderful, and even in the Eden group this morning, this was highlighted for me again. We were talking about anxiety, its signs and symptoms, and how it affects the body. This is exactly what I’ve been covering with Therapist 2.0, and it makes so much sense. There’s a relief in knowing that there’s…

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Stormy salthill

Brain thinks, body reacts

Therapist 2.0 is covering so much with me I hardly know where to begin. At the moment it’s all very much about me learning how our brain works, how it reacts to things, why it reacts in certain ways, and how this can impact on our day to day lives by way of the physical responses it’s causing. It’s phenomenal really. Yesterday she was explaining how when we think of…

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I turned down a couple of interview requests that came about off the back of my Irish Times article last week. This morning I realised the irony of my being frustrated that the media don’t show the messier side of mental health issues, while refusing to actually go on air and speak about it. This is as close as I can get right now. It’s unpolished, unrehearsed, spur of the…

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Imbalance (2)

Chemical imbalance?

Something occurred to me this morning. We hear so much debate about what causes mental illness, and how to treat it. The one that I’m most aware of is that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance, and that it can be helped with medication. I’m not sure where I sit with this argument, because I know medication has helped to a degree, but so have lots of other…

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Old brain, new world

I’m so frustrated right now!! I had a session with Therapist 2.0 this morning that made such a ridiculous amount of sense I’ve been in flying form all day and I’ve been dying to get time to write so I can hold on to it. But now that I finally have 5 minutes to myself do you think I can remember it in any logical order?! Of course not. The…

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Guest post – Letter to Fiona

Niall Breslin (Bressie) Over recent times there has been a huge injection of positive and progressive interaction on mental health, on social media and various blogging sites. It’s important to take an objective view of this development and celebrate the gradual but very real erosion of an archaic and suffocating stigma. A blog that has been gaining much respect and exposure is the powerfully honest and personal sunnyspellsandscatteredshowers  (a brilliant…

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A walk in the woods

Something really interesting happened today. Well, interesting for me at least, in that for the first time in as long as I can remember, I made a decision that I didn’t second guess. A big one. And, the decision was based on rational, considered thought rather than being a knee jerk emotional response. This is so very new that it may actually be a first. I was shattered this morning,…

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