My brain flickered into consciousness and, a moment later, a tiny lift in my chest made itself known. Glee. A simple but palpable joy on waking. I bounded out of bed, looking forward to the day. Then a sudden jolt had me standing, motionless, gazing across the room in wonder. I’m looking forward to my day! I’m looking forward to my day? Bloody hell! A slow grin squeezed my cheeks as energy zipped around my body and, refusing to be contained, had me gyrating my hips and arms in sync, dancing, naked, around my bedroom, wondering whether I’d care – or stop – if either of my teenage children walked in. I’m looking forward to my day! I’m looking forward to my day! Whaaaaa-hoo! It was, in fact, an ordinary day. I was getting the train to work, sitting in an office, then coming home again. But my energy! I could feel it pulsing through me and my body tingled with vitality. Later, at my desk, my concentration was focused, the words I was reading … [Read more...] about How I finally learned to sleep
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Danniella Westbrook should have had it all – she was once a successful actress in one of the biggest soaps on TV but her life has been addled by drugs – she started taking cocaine when she was 14 and it’s been a demon she’s battled ever since. Picking herself back up countless times and carrying on, the collapse of her marriage in 2014 saw her go from living in a £2.5million mansion to queueing up at the dole office. The sorry tale has been played out in the public eye and Danniella has always been open about her addictions and troubles, giving TV and tabloid interviews discussing it. Here’s a look back at Danniella’s crazy life, the fortune she's lost and what her earning potential is now. The soap starlet Starting out in EastEnders in 1990 at the tender age of of 16, Danniella bagged the part of Sam Mitchell – daughter of legendary landlady of the Queen Vic, Peggy, played by Dame Barbara Windsor. Due to her drug use she was in and out … [Read more...] about Danniella Westbrook’s net worth and how she lost millions with raging drug habit
I’m at a weekend retreat in a converted church near Amsterdam. There is soft, celestial music playing and I’m sipping fresh herbal tea while discussing my hopes and fears for tomorrow’s “ceremony”, which is retreat parlance for a psychedelic trip. Consuming the truffle parts of magic mushrooms is permitted in the Netherlands and my nine fellow guests and I will be eating a variety called Dragon’s Dynamite. We’re not taking recreational drugs, but rather using psychedelics as self-exploratory and therapeutic “plant medicine”. Welcome to the age of the psychedelic retreat. Synthesis opened its doors in April 2018. It was co-founded by Martijn Schirp, a former poker player who found salvation through psychedelics. “I had my first mushroom trip nine years ago and that changed my life,” he says. “I was walking through this forest and it was so peaceful, it was like a fairy tale. I felt this huge self-critical voice lift … [Read more...] about A psychedelic retreat proves a healing trip
Hello, my name is Mike and I am a single parent of two teens boys simply winging it in life. It sounds like the opening introduction to a support group, but the message that it is intended to convey is far more interesting. Becoming a single parent was not part of my long-term life plan, and I would venture to say that most single mothers and fathers would agree, but like I always say, “we all have a story.” In a world in which we mostly promote our successes and our happy selfies in our perfect lives with cool filters on social media, many of us, including myself, have faced some pretty tough challenges and yet, we somehow persevered in the face of adversity. With my situation, the family court awarded me full physical custody of my two sons in October 2011 and as a result, my boys have been in my primary care for the past 7 years with sadly, little to virtually no contact with their mother. man sitting on sofa Source: Michael Pittaro/Unsplash … [Read more...] about Winging It As a Single Father: How Did I Get Here?
By the Brain and Behavior Staff One of the more common mental illnesses is also one of the hardest to precisely define, and for various reasons, it is among the most difficult to treat successfully. Several research studies have estimated that between 1% and 3% of American adults suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD)—at least 2 million adults and perhaps several times that number. BPD can have a profound impact on a person’s ability to function, for its symptoms, while diverse and not all present at the same time, spanning a wide range: emotional instability, impulsiveness, hard-to-control anger, fear of abandonment, and difficulties with maintaining a sense of self. These take a serious toll on interpersonal relationships, tending to destabilize them and placing them in constant flux. There is also great internal anguish, often compounded by co-occurring depression, panic disorder, anxiety, or PTSD. Suicide risk in BPD patients is well above that in the general … [Read more...] about Studying the Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder
Email By The Specialist Reporting Team's Alison Branley and Nathanael Scott Posted November 17, 2019 06:05:13 Photo: The GoFundMe experiences of three-year-old Marko and Brian Hunt, 54, were vastly different. (ABC News) Related Story: 'We're committed to fight for equality': GoFundMe axes Israel Folau's campaign Related Story: Life-saving brain surgeon defends 'disturbing' prices for his expertise Related Story: Folau's donations surge past $1 million, beating GoFundMe amount Map: Australia Australians are asking for more than $100 million through online fundraising platform GoFundMe, yet data from the website shows nearly one in five medical campaigns fail to raise anything. Key points:GoFundMe promotes itself as Australia's most popular online crowdfunding platform, with medical-focused campaigns a common theme An ABC analysis of the platform found huge disparity in the campaigns that succeed and those that don't Health advocates say the number of medical-based … [Read more...] about Crowdfunding platform GoFundMe helps those in need — but there’s a forgotten side