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    Women and suicide – Kate Spade leaves us and I am not surprised

    Mental health is not a new topic for me I started blogging in 2011 with Yve’s Corner. I only started writing about mental health, specifically women and suicide, with my own experiences as the focus in 2012. In that same year, I started Our Lived Experiences, a South African blog that documented the experiences of others with my dear friend Ulla. She committed suicide in 2016. In my last post, I touched on the intrusive thoughts that have been plaguing me. And we know that intrusive thoughts are normal and very common. But it doesn’t feel that way when you are experiencing them. In fact, I know I feel guilty and I feel…

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    Can art help with Depression? – my interpretation of surviving suicide

    “Can art help with Depression?” was one of the first questions I asked myself when I was admitted for my very first hospitalization for a depressive episode a few years ago.  I couldn’t understand how painting or gluing things together would help me express, let alone allow me to deal with what was going wrong. Last week I posted one of my latest works entitled, “Come Away from the Edge”. It was one of those inspired works in the sense that pure emotion drove me to create it. I’m certain it’s happened to you! My irritability levels were sky high. So, I locked myself up in my studio and turned…

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    Weight no more

    Weight no more? I wish. And I wish my fat away if it’s not obvious already. “Some people have real problems,” I tell myself. Like poverty (more than being broke) or Cancer. Not that Cancer is the worst problem and other invisible illnesses are not problems but you know what I mean. Being fat isn’t the end of the world. Or is it? For most of my life I have been overweight. I wish I could get a prize for that (not edible). And if it couldn’t get any worse, I’d like to add that there were numerous times and long periods where even when I was “thin”, I didn’t…

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    My ongoing journey with Psoriasis

    Heh, Psoriasis? According to WebMD, Psoriasis is described as the following: “Unpredictable and irritating, psoriasis is one of the most baffling and persistent of skin disorders. It’s characterized by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin’s surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with white scales. Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp, and it can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.” Look, I’m no stranger to writing about Psoriasis. I addressed it several times on my old site. PS Have a look at my entries here and here. I’m…

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    I used to be

    The post below may come as a surprise to some. If you feel the need to judge, rather keep it to yourself. This is a safe space not only for me to express who I am, but for my readers to feel they can share their most shameful moments. No trolls will be tolerated. ————————————————————————————————————————————— I haven’t been myself lately. Well, to be more accurate, I haven’t been a self I identify with. So much has changed: circumstances, expectations, responsibilities and of course, me. I believe that all these factors have affected who I am today. Obviously, right? My parents, more so my dad, always pushed for my sister and…

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