Whilst this started as a mental health blog about my experiences of depression and all that, I also blog about other things which interest me, primarily feminism, politics and fashiony stuffs. I know it makes this blog a bit of a hotch potch of subjects and for marketing reasons I should probably stick to a ‘defined personal brand’ or something. But it’s my blog and I can blog about what I want to.
“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them” – The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
A bit about why I started writing about my depression
Coping with depression can be a roller coaster of shit, blogging about my life with depression makes it that tiny bit easier or at least offers a place to rant. In the absence of having an isolated hill top to scream on with my hair wafting in a carefully choreographed breeze, I write. In addition, I am one of those angry feminist types; I get angry I write. I have a room of my own and I use it. I am fascinated by the intersection of feminism and mental health, how gender roles and all that jazz affect us, I am currently attempting to wade through hefty academic books on the subject.
I aim to be open and honest about what living with depression is like; that means often I will be rude, bitchy and erm, depressing. This isn’t a fluffy feel good blog, this is about what it’s like coping with depression, living with mental illness, self-harm, depressive episodes, the near constant voice in your head that tells you you’re a worthless piece of shit. This is not a temple to delusional ‘positive thinking’ or ‘I used to be ill and now I’ve run ten marathons!’ power ballads of the mind crapola fests about ‘perseverance’ and ‘triumphing over adversity’ or anything else beloved by motivational speakers and cheesy office poster manufacturers. It’s just me, my experiences of trying to live with depression like millions of others are.
Mad woman in an attic. I am a historian who writes stuff on various things when I feel like it, such as the F word and Current World Archaeology and erm here. I am a feminist activist in my ample spare time, I also love video games, coffee, music, books and cake. I am an archaeology graduate too poor to do a post-grad but would dearly love to study the role of women in Sumerian culture some more. I love Enheduanna.
Yes I really do like Sylvia Plath, you may commence with the ‘depression bingo’ glee. FYI my wallpaper is white, not yellow.