Category Archives: Personal Ramblings

Ramblings of a personal nature. These posts will be focussed on Wordpress writing challenges, stories from my life, and/or stories about living with depression.

Writing a Blog to help with Depression

Fun with Depression, Charlie Castor, Cartoon Sheep

What can you do to alleviate the symptoms of depression? Therapy, medication and exercise can be very helpful. I use therapy and medication, but I also write a blog. Writing this blog has been very helpful to me during my recent period of depression. In this article, I’ll outline some of the benefits that can come from writing a blog when you are depressed. Continue reading Writing a Blog to help with Depression

Putting Words on Paper in a Particular Order

Charlie Castor, Fun with Depression, Sheep

In comic books, an origin story reveals how the superhero(ine) acquired their superpowers. For us as bloggers, writing is one of our superpowers…reflect on your origin story and tell us how and why you became a writer. (Writing Challenge)

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A Scot in England, On Being Scottish

Trainspotting, Mark Renton, Ewan McGregor, Fun with Depression, Scottish Silliness
Cast of Trainspotting (1996)

“They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our FREEDOM!” Mel Gibson pretending to be a Scot in Braveheart (1995)

“It’s s**te being Scottish! We’re the lowest of the low. The scum of the f**king Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever sh*t into civilisation. Some hate the English. I don’t. They’re just w*nkers. We, on the other hand, are colonised by w*nkers. Can’t even find a decent culture to be colonized by.” Mark Renton from the film, Trainspotting (1996), on being Scottish. Continue reading A Scot in England, On Being Scottish

Black Dog Prison

Black Dog, Charlie Castor, Fun with Depression, Depression

People often refer to depression as “the black dog”, an association that was made famous by Winston Churchill’s description of his depression. The metaphor of the black dog is an interesting one. Dogs are often thought of as man’s best friend. We tend to think of them as lovable and loyal companions. However, when we talk about depression as a black dog, we are thinking of that dog as our worst enemy, rather than our best friend. Continue reading Black Dog Prison

Lack of Lustral

Antidepressants, fun with depression, Charlie Castor

I have recently started taking an anti-depressant called Lustral, an unfortunate name in my opinion, given that one of the predominant side-effects from taking these types of anti-depressants is lack of sexual interest. Continue reading Lack of Lustral

Choose Life

Trainspotting, Ewan McGregor, Fun with Depression, Charlie Castor
Trainspotting (1996)

I am writing this on the 1st of February 2014. It’s the dawn of a new month. Am I excited? Well, I spent the first day of February sitting in my pyjamas with a duvet wrapped around me, eating cereal, and watching Trainspotting. Continue reading Choose Life