This Week In Mentalists – The ‘Apparently There’s Something Irish Going On Today’ Edition

Hello dear ones. Narky speaking. Apologies for making you wait a little longer than usual. I had a glass or two of wine last night – that should explain everything. Just be grateful I didn’t write this last night, you wouldn’t have been able to decipher it. Onwards!

Look who came back! Yes, it’s our very own most missed Bippidee and she’s feeling better than the last time she updated:

I’m not claiming to be cured – I still have days when I can’t get out of bed, and I still get completely exhausted and wiped out by a busier day, and my mood is still low overall. But it is an improvement. And I realised this week that I think I am starting to feel a bit more like myself, and just a bit more alive and less like a zombie. The zombie times still happen, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t still think about suicide and wish I was dead at times, but the percentage of alive days has increased, and I can’t say how welcome that is.

Our favourite cartoonist WG of Therapy Tales has created a new site full of images for bloggers like thee and me to use free of charge. There are pictures of brains in jars, which, let’s face it, will always be popular. In her own words:

The subject focus is psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, mental health because that’s my main area of interest however so long as your blog is not-for-profit then please feel free to use these images.

Linking back is always kind.

LittleFeet will not be silent:

Blogging has helped me to discover that I have a voice. Blogging has helped me to deal with the burden of guilt. Blogging has helped me to become a member of an incredible community. Blogging has helped me to heal.

I am going to use this voice. I am going to shout. I am going to holler and I am going to scream. If necessary, I will get angry. I shall take every conceivable step to make as much noise as I possibly can. When it comes to blogging, provided confidentiality and safety are not compromised, I do not believe that patients should be silenced or censored in the way that I was.

Ms Leftie has been speaking at a Mind event about crisis care:

Five MP’s came to our table to talk to us from different areas of the North West and my own MP also came as well. It was an enlightening experience to share my story with those that will be discussing mental health in parliament shortly, it was especially nice to meet my own MP who took a keen interesting in what I had to say, and would like us to meet further to discuss the issues I raised.

The next blog was actually written last week but I want to draw attention to it. Mental Political Parent wrote a very moving post about a broken leg:

My leg got more and more broken, the pain got worse and worse. My broken leg was now so bad that I couldn’t do anything at all; I couldn’t look after the children or even myself properly.

All I wanted was somebody to make the broken leg hurt a little less, I knew my broken leg was never going to get better completely, it had been too badly broken for far too long. I just wanted someone to tell me that I could somehow live with a broken leg and that sometimes; maybe it would hurt a little less.

Behind The Facade has been admitted to hospital:

I was transferred by ambulance to M St where I am currently. Met with the duty doctor. And yes, I again told him I think I’d be better off at home. “But you only just got here and you want to leave already?!” he said, laughing slightly. Um, yes. My treating team will see me on Monday though it seems, and it will be decided then where to from here.

Finally, Seaneen has been pondering what you would think if you knew that your mental health nurse was also mental:

I would never disclose to a patient (client? Service user? I’m not sure what the word is) .  It is not appropriate, it’s not professional.  On a more human level, I also don’t think it’s right.  It might make them feel, “Oh great, so I have to deal with your stuff now!”  That’s not their job!  It’s a professional relationship, I worry about them, not the other way around!  And as much as you may care for, relate to and get on with somebody, you’re still in a position of authority.  It’s something I find it hard to get my head round, but it’s true.   I’ve been on equal footing for so long I’m still not sure how to navigate that.

Wildcard! Well, given that today is party time for our esteemed editor:

Pan, I hope you do St. Patrick’s Day justice. :D

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Swearing, drinking, farting, slightly obsessive, knitting Christian. Married. Often inappropriate. Mildly mad. Sarcastic. Mostly harmless.

14 Responses to “This Week In Mentalists – The ‘Apparently There’s Something Irish Going On Today’ Edition”

  1. Thanks ever so much for including my post.

    It means an awful lot, as you know.


  2. Thanks for including me Narky!

    I can so relate to Political Parent’s broken leg… I went four days with a broken leg until someone finally decided to x-ray it, I was 13 – I did not have a voice then! ;)

  3. thank you Narky :)

  4. I don’t feel very proud to be Irish right now, with the rugby score as it is!

    Thanks for the round-up :) x

    • good day to be Welsh though :) (last night rediscovered the 1954 Burton reading of Thomas)

      • Richard Burton’s voice drool…

        • yes (am now looking for a voice coach for myself…) In fact you’ve reminded me to post a Wanted on

          • I like that Warriet what a good idea!

            Take a look at this – where are the service user’s perspective in this list of practitioners ‘views’??


            This psychiatrist says long term service users are ‘dependent’ er how exactly? It’s hard to see how 10 min infrequent appts can develop dependency and besides service users have no control over how long they are seen for, services always could discharge anyone at any time. Yet there are people who remain being seen by services where you might wonder why and at the same time others who can barely grasp anything and you think christ why not they are in a bad way.
            It seems to me that ministers, civil servants, and commissioners have decided that all those they need to discharge on grounds of ECONOMICS will be called ‘dependent’ so a value or clinical judgement is being used to justify reforms based on economics i.e. cuts.
            This psychiatrist says that routine appointments ‘clog the system’ – imagine if that were stated about diabetic or respiratory disease patients.
            There is no continuity of care and the big rush to diagnose-place in care cluster-give meds/CBT-discharge back to GP within 6 months is all very well but not everyone can fit that model of care. People need TIME more than anything else, some things take years to speak of. Each contact being treated as “new” when there is a change in condition is a farce – this won’t prevent ‘revolving doorism’, and the loss of longer term support means there will be no in depth work which takes longer than 6 months will happen.
            Service users have not been consulted on any of this yet we are told this is what we want and if we don’t want it – that’s down to our pathology.

            • Yes well even psychiatrists need to be needed and their whole raison d’etre assumes a continuing need. But the brief visit is usually more about medication than anything else – on person I know calls her pdoc her drug dealer because his signature is required for the scrips that satisfy the drug dependency that came with prescription drugs.

              the revolving door treatment model is I suspect analogous to that used by the councils that administer Housing Benefit: they are paid per claim, not for the maintenance of existing claims.

              As for consultation once we are labelled as mad, any comments we make are insane therefore not worth collecting

  5. Lovely round-up Narky xxx

  6. You’re welcome, folks. :)

  7. I LOVE Zoe’s Broken Leg piece that is a beautiful piece of writing. I get Seaneen’s dilemma having worked in services myself, I think it very much depends on what service you’re working in and who you’re with. It can go for and against you in both the statutory and voluntary sectors

  8. Thanks for including me xx


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