When Alex is unwell, she withdraws from everyday life significantly and watches DVDs for 10 hours…
Miranda has an intolerance to eggs and yeast and so finds it difficult to eat out.
Mental health problems such as anxiety and depression were common among the people we talked with. Most said they had experienced depression in late adolescence/early adult life and several people had occasionally felt suicidal or tried to take their own lives. Christopher summarised his depression as an outcome of how people have treated him in the past;
‘Loneliness, anger and frustration and, just unhappiness really. Just all of those into a big searing stew pot of despair.’
James became significantly depressed as a child and ended up in a psychiatric ward.
John became depressed when he stopped working and felt that everything was pointless.
A few people talked about self-harming and two women ‘wandered in and out of bulimia and anorexia’. Several people described being bullied either at school or at work. Peter said:
‘I was very good at hiding depression from my mum and dad. When I was bullied at school I used to always come home happy or that’s what they thought’.
Harriet talks about taking an overdose and self harming during her adolescence.
Catherine wrote a letter to her mum saying she wanted to kill herself and had years of therapy…
‘What am I going to do? You know, I am not working. I am not possibly having an income. How am I going to occupy my time? I won’t be able to live the way I have lived up till now on retirement money and so on. It all sort of came together and the last thing I thought of is sitting down and saying to [wife] ‘Look, I have been a stupid so and so. I have spent our money and what are we going to do now then? Let’s work it out’.’
Another man who had got into a lot of debt and tried unsuccessfully to do extra overtime to clear it, became very depressed. He said:
‘It never really clicked with me, I could actually go and see dad and say ‘I’m in a lot of trouble here’. And then everything just built up.’
Margaret constantly worries about Daniel killing himself after he took an overdose a few years ago.
Mark describes how he resolved to do ‘normal people things’ after taking an overdose during the…
‘And so I was quite depressed and that is maybe when I got onto risperidone. They didn’t agree with me. I can’t remember. I have got so much stuff. I could set up my own chemist.’
An expert in autism has helped Simon deal with his depression.
Russell would prefer a cure for his depression rather than daily medication.
John has concentration problems that have been eased with antidepressants but he would like…