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Speaking to the dead: spiritualism, secularism & seeing the ghosts of the Great War

  Do you believe in ghosts? Can you trust in mediums who claim to commune with the dead? In Shell Shocked Britain I look at the rise of spiritualism during and after the First World War, examining why it experienced … Continue reading

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The ‘First Blitz’ – Terror Comes To The Home Front

How many people know anything of the ‘First Blitz’ – war waged by Germany from the air between 1915 and 1918? As I researched Shell Shocked Britain : the First World Wars’s Legacy for Britain’s Mental Health I was surprised that … Continue reading

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Introducing ‘Shell Shocked Britain’: how war trauma casts a shadow across a century

I know that some readers of my blog (and thanks for that!) already know that throughout 2013 I was writing a book called Shell Shocked Britain commissioned by Pen & Sword History. We are now in the final edit stage, … Continue reading

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On World Mental Health Day – Dandelions, Depression & Desperate marketing

(Please note – this is not just a sales pitch for a great cause! I include some poems to add value so bear with me…..) I am proud to say that today is the first anniversary of the publication of … Continue reading

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Dandelions and Bad Hair Days: Everybody loves it so let’s go for the top 10….!

Last month Dandelions and Bad Hair Days; Untangling lives affected by depression and anxiety was published on Kindle. Available around the world to read on Kindle, PC or even iPads and smart phones, alongside the paperback version it is now available to millions … Continue reading

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Last year’s medical model – depression as part of the human condition

On Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the Annual Spring Conference organised by the Taunton Association for Psychotherapy (TAP). This year’s theme was depression and the day was marketed as ‘Dialogues Around Depression’ –  a title which reflected the different … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Zen and the art of tightrope walking:
Vine leaves, dandelions and serendipity ~ my thoughts on the TAP conference There is a woman on the train with two small children. She’s beautiful, dressed in stylish clothes, her…

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Starting as I mean to go on…

Next week I am taking what is, for me anyway, a really significant step. I have to believe it is a step forward and although it is not exactly brave, it is taking all my courage to move further along a path … Continue reading

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Mental health guest post: on surviving using self-help strategies….

Editor’s note:  Dandelions and Bad Hair Days has brought me into contact with some really interesting and honest writers and Melanie is definitely one of them. She is a freelance writer, mother and is currently working on her first novel. Recently … Continue reading

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‘Health anxiety’ or ‘hypochondria’? Fear or phobia, it’s a killer…

Perhaps my title exaggerates; perhaps it doesn’t. All I know is that whether you worry at every possible sign of illness and go to the doctors, or worry about illness and avoid the medical profession until a crisis occurs, these are … Continue reading

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