When you come into contact with mental health services, you meet other service users and compare notes. Time and again you hear horror stories about patient opinions and concerns being ignored.
The decision made by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) to poll its members on their views on assisted dying was always going to spur at least one or two anti-euthanasia rants...
Most people believe the answer to this question is “no”. But then most people ultimately want to be alive. And this is the case even if they are suffering. Even most people who are suffering do not want to die. Yes, they want their suffering to end, but not so much that they want to... Continue Reading →
In Spider, McGrath inflicts a persecutory delusion upon his protagonist – called Spider – who no longer trusts his parents.
According to the last census, the UK is 87% white. So it’s perfectly feasible to have a number of different characters in your book and for them all to be white...
There are two main types of series: those planned in advance, and those that start off with what’s meant to be a standalone book...
But London was important as the main setting for The Victoria Lie because the city captures the idea that you can be surrounded by thousands of people but still be alone.
Today is a little bit different as I’m sharing my thoughts on Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, which is an autobiography, not a novel. I’m making the exception for Susannah Cahalan’s book because the writing is as poetic as any novel.
If you follow a few blogs and think you'd like your own space to write and share your thoughts, but the idea of having your own blog makes you feel a bit queasy... then maybe you should take a look at Medium. It's a website that allows you to post up articles you'd like to... Continue Reading →
Joy, the protagonist in The Trick Is To Keep Breathing, doesn't seem to connect with other people and we learn a lot about her from her interaction with inanimate objects.
The second book in The Butterfly Effect series has been awarded a 5-star review from Readers' Favorite.
I'm thrilled to announce that my debut novel The Second Cup has been named a finalist in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2018. View all finalists here The announcement is perfect timing because the ebook of The Second Cup is FREE across all Amazon websites until MIDNIGHT. Download your FREE copy
Many sufferers of psychosis say they hear voices. It's the most common auditory false perception experienced by those with schizophrenia. And there's no better book to get a glimpse of this than in The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.
The test suggests that those who learn delayed gratification at a young age will do better in later life. But could choosing one marshmallow now measure entrepreneurial potential?
“The butterfly effect” is the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings could be the beginnings of a tornado: that life can be irrevocably affected by something completely disconnected from it.
I think the name ADHD is not fit for purpose. But I didn't want to write an article about just my own opinion. So I got in touch with ADHD Action and ADHD Foundation to ask them what they thought.
When you start writing a novel, you think the writing itself is the process. Then you finish the first draft, and you realise that, no, it’s the editing that’s the process. But the process actually starts before any of this – at the idea development stage.
TIME reports that teens who are constantly on their phones may be at risk of ADHD. But their headline ignores the differences between causation and correlation.
I'm taking part in the Bookish World Cup with Rachel's Random Reads. My blog post is about the "Hand of God".
Could the hearing problem I've had all my life, which I've never had a satisfactory diagnosis for, be part of my ADHD?
I'm not the only person with mental health issues to be writing a blog about the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. But it isn't about being the only one: it's about adding my voice.
Yesterday, a comment I made on a Guardian article about ableism was marked as a "Guardian Pick". I shared this news... and someone made an ableist comment about it. Sigh.
When I read about fellow author Stephanie Butland’s article about why coping with life after cancer is harder than the treatment, I felt I’d found a kindred soul.