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There used to be an old therapist’s joke that explained the difference between a neurosis and psychosis: neurosis is a problem for the sufferer but psychosis is a problem for everyone else… Boom boom! The veiled implication of this is that if you are neurotic you are hyper-aware of what others are thinking (even when they’re not), but if you are psychotic you are in not state to care what others think.

Seriously though, mental health has a problem with its image, don’t you think? First, the field is sadly lacking in humour (among professionals at least, I have met some very funny people with a so-called ‘mental health issues’). Second, the title ‘mental health’ is a misnomer; pick up any book on the subject and it is actually about psychological disturbance, mental illness… not about ‘health’ at all. A tributary to this is that he term ‘Mental health’ is for many people synonymous with mental disturbance, incapacity, even threat.

Thankfully, among professionals, this has started to change. There are now many more conversations about what ‘normal’ actually is, and how to promote mental health and psychological wellbeing. Which brings me to the point: normal means just that, and most people are in the ‘normal’ range, whatever their label says.

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I don’t know why I’m bothering. Misinformation and misunderstanding have such an effective grip on attitudes towards depression that there’s little point.

Anyone who says the sort of things I do meets with quizzical stares and the sort of tolerant dismissal reserved for the stupidest kid in class who says they are going to make something of themselves. Or doubt, or even scorn. It’s enough to make me depressed!

Every case of depression is a personal tragedy. We all need to care enough to start thinking for ourselves.

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We’ve been Talking About It Ever Since the Garden of Eden

Tend your garden

Our language is littered with gardening metaphors. I suppose that’s because we have been in contact with the earth throughout human history and that connection has shaped many of our expressions.

It has also given us an innate understanding of how to help things grow and flourish in all areas of our lives, and the things that need weeding out if our relationships are to continue to provide nourishment and beauty year after year.

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Find a Sacred Place – 2

In an earlier post I wrote about finding a ‘sacred place’. There have been some questions about what I meant by ‘sacred place’.

Maybe this will clarify things a bit. Dictionary definitions seem to equate sacred with religious, and so does St. Google. I mean something different.

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