Life After Therapy

Life After Therapy

I stopped seeing my psychologist in January. After 12 months of pretty much weekly sessions, I decided to end it, just like that. Why? Because I felt I had become too attached. Kara* was the fourth psychologist I had seen since 2012 and the first I felt I could talk to. I felt comfortable with [...]

Enough – It’s Time to End the Shame, Fear and Stigma of Mental Illness

Enough – It’s Time to End the Shame, Fear and Stigma of Mental Illness

When I started writing about PTSD and depression, I had three reasons. Firstly, because it was cathartic. It was a way for me to raise things with Kara*, my psychologist, that I knew I was never going to just broach in conversation. I've always been more comfortable on paper than in person, so this was [...]

Love is Everything, Part 2 – Sexuality, Acceptance and Mental Health

Love is Everything, Part 2 – Sexuality, Acceptance and Mental Health

The no-sex thing has never really been that big a problem. What has made things difficult is that I’m still capable of physical attraction and emotional connection. Love, in other words. After all, love is not sex and sex is not love. They’re two completely different things. As a society, we’re completely fine with sex [...]

Rookie Mistakes, Part 2 – Assembling Your Mental Armour

Rookie Mistakes, Part 2 – Assembling Your Mental Armour

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. Not all my confrontations were face-to-face. One of my earliest investigations was a road-rage incident. A man driving a delivery van got into a altercation with another motorist, who was driving a little black sports car. It was one of those pissy incidents that happen a [...]