Monthly Archives: August 2012

Buy some makeup and get a haircut

I have enjoyed putting on a pre-selected outfit each day this week – enjoyed the outfit and very much enjoyed not having to select items from my entire wardrobe that suit each other, and suit the day’s activities first thing … Continue reading

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Turn On The Radio

The last couple of days have been rough:  my period is due and the whiff of shifting hormones sends the  Black Dog wild.  I feel weepy and hopeless, too tired to do anything and too wired to do nothing.  Nobody … Continue reading

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Visit a Gallery or Museum

When I was expecting our second baby I wanted to be as prepared as possible for the arrival of the Black Dog post-birth.  For nine months I kept a daily journal listing the things that had brought me pleasure that … Continue reading

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Plan A Week’s Outfits

Doctors’ questionnaires to assess your mood frequently ask if you are taking less care with your appearance than usual, so I doubt I am the only person who stops thinking about how I look when I am down.  It’s partly … Continue reading

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Make Something

I have a strong creative urge – rarely matched by any creative talents it has to be said – but I love to plan and see through a project.  Or at least, I do when I am in good mental … Continue reading

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Taking Tiny Steps

When I was first diagnosed with depression my (kindly and supportive) GP recommended a helpful book.  It was a short work on the power of looking on the bright side of life, presented through simple cartoons.  I was horrified.  I … Continue reading

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Time to Walk The Black Dog Again

From time to time, The Black Dog comes to live in my house.  He mooches around, tripping me up, getting in the way, leaving a rather disappointing odour wherever he goes.  This is the fourth time he has come to … Continue reading

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