Dear Jules, I have been going through a really rough time lately and it is quite similar to your experience. I was quite a happy go lucky person through life until I had a bad terrifying trip on weed (my first time trying) I took way too much and freaked out and that traumatised me Read more…

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An academic got in touch with me last week, inviting me to a seminar on Stoicism, which was nice of him. On the seminar programme, he described me as ‘an author of books on happiness’. Alas I’ve only written one book (one that was published anyway), and it’s strange to have it described as ‘on Read more…

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Psychodynamic therapists of the world, rejoice! After years of complaining that CBT sucks up all the public funding, it seems that psychodynamic therapists may be about to get a break – in Sweden at least. For the last four years or so, Sweden’s government has put substantial funds (around £200 million according to one source) Read more…

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Interesting story on Twitter yesterday, covered in The Telegraph: Roy Ward gathered thousands of followers on the social networking site after he tweeted: “Dear Twitter, I just opened up to my boss about my depression and she’s indicated she might have to fire me. Erm, help?”He later posted a link and a message saying: “Here Read more…

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Here’s a nice piece by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s spin doctor, on the politics and philosophy of happiness. Campbell has bravely been very open about his struggles with depression, and I think he’s done a lot to change perceptions of mental illness – because he is so well-known as a bruiser / tough guy / Read more…

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