Life as Trauma

What is trauma to you? What do you understand by the term? The dictionary gives us two definitions – (a) severe emotional shock and pain caused by an extremely upsetting experience(b) severe injury, usually caused by a violent attack or an accident. Bodily trauma – could be a gunshot or stab wound, broken bones, bruisingContinue reading “Life as Trauma”

Holding on to this Wonderful Life

CW/TW Suicidal ideation I don’t get to spend Christmas at home every year, we alternate, as do many people, between parents and in-laws and home. So far I think we’ve spent only two here together, and we’re trying to develop some traditions. Every year Hebden Bridge Picture House plays “It’s A Wonderful Life” on ChristmasContinue reading “Holding on to this Wonderful Life”

The many faces of O.C.D.

I’ve long known that obsessive compulsive disorder was not about being neat and tidy. That the stereotype of an excessively orderly person, or someone obsessed with cleanliness and avoiding germs – is a simplification of one part of this complex set of experiences. But I recently set myself to learning a bit more as aContinue reading “The many faces of O.C.D.”

Down to earth with a bump

Life is full of little surprises. Banana skins. Obstacles. Back at work we would groan each time a manager told us how exciting the “challenges ahead” were. Usually of course meaning more work, less staff or money. Such is life. But we try our best to plan, to avoid unnecessary problems, give ourselves the bestContinue reading “Down to earth with a bump”

When life spills over the edge – can you help?

I mentioned a few posts ago how the Stress Bucket is an easy analogy for how we deal with the pressures of life – and how when things get too much, and our usual coping mecanisms cease to be a match for our concerns, that this can lead us to develop emotional / mental healthContinue reading “When life spills over the edge – can you help?”