Absent Father & Identity Issues

Near the end of Cormac McCarthy’s devastating novel, The Road (2006), the father and son duo who have traveled the post-apocalyptic landscape together, have to say goodbye to one another. The father is dying. The father tells the son ‘you … Read More

Cocaine Comedown

Bad cocaine stories tend to go in one direction: down There is a recognisable pattern that cocaine users go through, a negative spiral. As a user becomes more hooked on cocaine, as their addiction develops they go through various experiences. … Read More

Clinical Audit

For as long as I can remember I have struggled to manage my emotions. Everything will be fine one moment, and then out of the blue something will go wrong. I will start to feel a deep sense of injustice … Read More

How to manage retroactive jealousy

What does retroactive jealousy mean? In retroactive jealousy, at the beginning of a new relationship, one partner is jealous of their partner’s past relationships and previous love affairs.  Right from the start of a new relationship, there is an insecurity … Read More

Pornography and Depression

Pornography use can have a corrosive effect on both the user and on other people in the user’s life. Pornography like any addiction, isolates users. It is the isolation that can be very destructive. Pornography can draw users into a … Read More

Rethink Mental Illness

What is meant when it is asserted that someone is mentally ill? In this essay I shall describe the main uses of the concept of mental illness, and I shall argue that this notion has outlived whatever cognitive usefulness it … Read More

Expecting Too Much

What it would be like if you could stop expecting too much? If you could let things develop in their own way. My old girlfriend used to say I was too reactive.  I couldn’t see it at the time, but … Read More