• What would you attempt if you knew you would not fail?

    What would you attempt if you knew you would not fail?Well, there’s a starter for 10. I’ve chosen to write responses to these prompts (from the blog Sunday Scribblings) to help me on my mental health journey, and this one feels like a real biggy considering that a good deal of my anxieties and mental barriers involve fear of failure. It would have been easy for me to take one look at this prompt, think ...

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    Tags:
    anxiety,
    guilt,
    inner critic
  • 'I Paid.'

    I'd gone to visit a friend and we'd been drinking. He had moved away and I rarely got to see him, so we were having a good catch-up and enjoying ourselves. We'd been to a few bars and had then gone back to his apartment to begin drinking the whiskey I'd brought. But within minutes the facade dropped, I couldn't stop crying and I had no energy left to keep up the pretense. My friend ...

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    Tags:
    depression,
    suicidal thoughts,
    male,
    self-hatred,
    guilt