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holly rowena
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Time to talk day
Today was time to talk day with Time to change (time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday ). Encouraging people to sit down with others and talk about mental health problems. At Bournemouth Library today, Jayne Skellett was holding Chance to chat. I went along an...

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Todays new meds part 3
So I've been on this medication for quite a while now. It works really well. I don't hear the voices at all and have few feelings of paranoia. The only trouble is, it has horrendous side effects. People probably don't think side effects of medication would ...

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Soooo what do you do then?
Since I have been unemployed there is one question I dread, that makes me fear meeting new people even more because I know they're going to ask 'So what do you do'. It's the second question anyone asks after 'what's your name?'. I can see it's difficult as ...

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The stranger on the bridge
I just watched an excellent documentary on channel 4, 'The stranger on the bridge'. It was about a man who was looking for the man who talked him down from jumping off a bridge. I had come across the find mike campaign so it was interesting hearing more. It...

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Face to face assesment...and ATOS!
To anyone who hasn't experienced applying for health benefits you will not know about the assessments held by ATOS.They are an independent company employed by the government. From what I gather they get paid a commission of how many people they can clear of...

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Todays new meds part 2
After weeks of taking my new medication I started to realise that where that little room in my head where the people were talking about me, was boarded up! I was still a little sceptical, thinking maybe it was just a coincidence and not the medication, but ...

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Todays new meds part 1
After seeing a Psychiatrist I was given the option of trying a new medication to help with the voices. To begin with the thought of more medication was miserable but then I decided it was worth a try. If there was something that could dull the voices then m...

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Crisis!
Something that really frustrates me is that there is not enough emergency help for mental health problems.  If a person was to break their leg, they would go immediately to A&E. True, there maybe long waiting times but eventually you would get help. Sadly, ...

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All those Doctors and all those 'ologists trying to put Holly together again.
Over the years I have seen so many GPs, Specialists, Nurses, Counsellors, Psychologists and many, many more. Some have been brilliant, some ok and some have been pretty damn useless.  At the moment, I consider myself very lucky. I visit the epilepsy departm...
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