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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Coconut Oil, Cats, and Yoga

There is a tub of coconut oil sitting on the kitchen table that I eye with suspicion whenever I pass, as if it might spontaneously start singing the virtues of a paleo diet or its virgin status. Why spontaneously, I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to deny the bananas nearby their chance as a warm-up […]

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Caregiving: Daffodils

It’s eight years since an event potentially detrimental to Mr. Juniper’s existence happened.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Bathtubs and Babywearing

Lately, I’ve been dreaming of bathtubs.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Supernatural Festive Stress

As of this moment, there are six sleeps to go. That is, until Hogswatch is upon us. Stockings full of little gifts. No lumps of coal this year. Hogswatch pyjamas and Hogfather hats. Desperation to keep stress under control.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: A Response To xoJane (Fueled By Chocolate And Biscuits)

If I may first make a very personal point: I am, at this moment in time, rather sleep deprived. Little Juniper is teething. This has led to some interesting nights of “sleep is for the weak” combined with the disruption that is the clocks going back. But back to other endeavours.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Notes From The Middle Of The Night

So much exists in the middle of the night.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Scars

Earlier, I had an idea of what I wanted to say. After my usual few minutes catching up on various sites, I’m not so sure. Is it the wake of the VICE spread still unfolding? I’m not sure. I… I feel at a loss. There’s suicide everywhere at the moment. There’s not much that can […]

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Caregiving: A Grumpy Juniper

It’s fair to say that I’m in something of a mood at the moment. It would be foolish to say the world has been watching the VICE incident unfold, but it seems a small fraction of the world has been.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Choice

It is perhaps wise to begin by saying I’m not in my most forgiving mood, right now. Little Juniper is going through a growth spurt and night times aren’t quite as peaceful as they were a week ago. (Sleep, we will be reunited again before long, promise.)

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: A Moment To Pause

This is what a crisis looks like.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Ten Fingers And Ten Toes

Where to begin? 

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: The Fun Of Sexual Dysfunction

There we were, Christmas Day, opening presents. And one of my presents from Mr. Juniper? Oh yes, it was 10 ¼ inches. I yelped with joy. How could I not? I never thought it would happen, but there it was.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Talking About Mental Illness

Or at least, my feelings on talking about mental illness and disability.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

There is, at this moment in time, less than a week before December 1. Less than a week before I can deck the halls in celebration of another holly jolly Hogswatch. And just days since I heard Mr. Juniper admit he’s starting to panic about the Hogfather coming to town.

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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Violence

Violence has been on my mind since I wrote about self harm, as self harm in its psychiatric incarnation of Deliberate Self Harm is often considered an act of violence. The “self” part indicating the obvious: DSH is violence that a person commits against themselves.