The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat … I’m betting you have at least one social media account. Most of us do. This blog does. Social media is a fantastic invention. I live on the opposite side of the continent to where I grew up, but I don’t feel that far from my family and friends most of the time. They’re right there, posting pictures and videos, making funny comments, even reposting memories to remind me of the times I was there with them. But social media isn’t all good, is it?

Side-note: This is NOT a post about wasting time scrolling through your news feed, or how to cut screen time and live your life. No, this post is about something much more fundamental – us. Continue reading

Great Expectations

A little while ago, I read this article – an extract from a book by Johann Hari, published in The Guardian – and it echoed something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now: the root cause of depression. Is it purely chemical? I don’t know for sure, of course, but I believe that our circumstances affect our susceptibility. Maybe I would have suffered from PPD after my second child anyway, but maybe – if I hadn’t already been lonely and miserable and feeling like a failure – it wouldn’t have affected me, at least not to such a great degree. Maybe. Continue reading

Fear and Desire: My thoughts about intrusive thoughts

Ever since I recovered from depression, I’ve been interested in mental health, whereas before I knew nothing about it. I struggle to find the time (and, honestly, the inclination) to read through articles and books about it, so I was pleased to come across the Invisibilia Podcast. I listened to my first ever podcast only last week (Kendra Hennessy’s Mother Like a Boss Podcast, actually!) and now I’m hooked! I walk about 12 km every day, so it’s an ideal way to pass the time. Continue reading