The Representation of Anxiety & Depression in Social Media

    August 20, 2017

    Leaning back in his creaking chair, hands clasped together, my GP declared: ‘You’ve got anxiety and depression!’ He announced it as though I’d won a raffle prize – a nice bottle of red or a voucher for the local Indian takeaway. His cheerful diagnosis didn’t come as a surprise. For months I’d been living with crippling anxiety and a gnawing feeling that something in my life was inherently wrong. It was impossible to decipher where one condition began and the…

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  • East Sussex Adventures: Dungeness

    It was only by chance that I noticed the little sign. Pinned carefully to a towering phone mast, it was flapping wildly in the wind; the laminated plastic rattling loudly. Holding it still, I…

    August 16, 2017
  • Small Rituals for a Positive Morning

    “What was your very first thought when you woke up?” I was 8-years-old and sat on the classroom floor – the wiry, blue carpet poking through my wool tights. It made my legs itch.…

    August 9, 2017
  • Searching for our Twin Town: Part 2 – Lille

    Mouvaux – a small town in Northern France – was now family. Underneath the warm glow of a pink nylon umbrella, we had finally met: an event fifteen years in the making. Despite imagining…

    August 7, 2017
  • A country escape to Stapleford Park

    A few weeks ago, I had to undergo the emotional ordeal of waving goodbye to my rather tatty looking, stamped filled passport. I’d been putting off renewing it for several months but fate had…

    August 2, 2017
  • Welcoming Hope to London

    The Sunday family day out was a Jopson obligation. Not ones for lazy sofa days, our family would rise as the dawn broke, before being piled into the trusty ‘people carrier’ and carted off…

    July 26, 2017
  • A Celebratory stay at No. Ten Manchester Street

    Clattering up the steps of No. Ten Manchester Stret, almost an hour later than we had anticipated, our anxiety had reached critical levels. Suitcases bouncing behind us as we tried to avoid the drizzle…

    July 8, 2017
  • The Zetter Hotel, Clerkenwell

    Early each morning, hundreds of commuters will exit Farringdon underground station. Walking intently – heads down, phones in hand – it’s unlikely that they’ll notice the gentle slope that leads them away from the…

    July 2, 2017
  • Imposter Syndrome: the tale of a fraudulent blogger

    A hand extends across the table: “Hi there, I’m Richard – Chairman of the tourism board and tonight’s host”. He shakes my hand firmly; the sort of handshake that suggests this is a man…

    June 26, 2017
  • Anniversary Celebrations on Lake Como

    Stirring from my train induced slumber, I stretched and turned to the window, assessing our progress from Milan to Lake Como. Wincing as the sunlight poured in, it took a moment for my eyes…

    June 13, 2017