Recognising Depression

I wrote this article maybe ten years ago. Until 2019, I worked as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. Signs of Depression. Depression can cause a variety of very difficult symptoms, for example; a sense of despair, helplessness, powerlessness, a lack of hope, a sense of being ‘stuck’, an overwhelming lethargy, cognitive confusion, behavioural difficulties, a sense... Continue Reading →

What Better Time for Creativity?

Ahead of the trend, but that simply means I am experiencing this for longer than most. It all started for me back in 2019. I had received a letter from the NHS warning me that my medications, for Parkinson's Disease, were on the list of medications that may come into short supply if supply chains... Continue Reading →

Just Like Old Times

Kevin and I were joined, at home, by two very dear friends this afternoon. They are Helen and Kim. It struck me just how long it has been since we have been able to spend a fair few hours of simple, quality time together. We realised that the last time we were able to enjoy... Continue Reading →

A Light Aglow in the Darkness

“The mist after rain, uninterrupted rainfall on rooftops, pitter-patter intellect. The thoughts I leave behind like footsteps.”- Chris Campanioni. The rain is falling heavily outside. I hear it falling on the trees in the small woodland beside our cottage, here by the untamed Suffolk coast; the eastern-most coast of England. On the roof of our... Continue Reading →

My Paradoxical Companion

I took a little step back from social media, of late. Sometimes I just want the head-space. Well, that is to say that sometimes life throws a curve-ball or two and then I just find myself wanting to withdraw and stay kind of still, while the mad world rushes on around me. This only happens... Continue Reading →

The Nitty Gritty of Us

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”- Henry Thomas Buckle. I was reflecting over what Focused friends means to me. I find reflective thinking is an important part of life. I feel we do not stop to think about aspects of our lives and our experiences, enough. Having reflected on... Continue Reading →

Round and Round We Go

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”- Isaac Asimov. I always put the radio on, of a morning. I listen to wonderful LBC Radio; based in London but a talk-radio station with an audience of people across the UK and, indeed, the world. Callers come from far afield and so the breadth of views... Continue Reading →

The Lifeline Paradox

“They say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol. I am at my desk, as the clock fast approaches midnight, thinking about change.  Change is everywhere and it is somehow everything.  Ironically, change is a constant.  That is a fact that does not change.  No matter what is happening... Continue Reading →

Your Component Parts

"People only look at me as a Beatle but my friends look at me as a whole person. That's how life works, but it's not bugging me any more."- Ringo Starr. I’d like you to think of yourself in component parts! For example; as having component parts that include a creative self, an intellectual self,... Continue Reading →

It’s a New Dawn

"Every new beginning, comes from some other beginnings end."- Seneca. What are your thoughts about life after lockdown/restrictions? Do you feel optimistic and excited or perhaps a little pessimistic and even anxious? There may be a whole range of thoughts, feelings and emotions that you will experience in relation to the days that will follow... Continue Reading →

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