Beating the Black Dog

I came across this excellent 10 minute clip of a 45min Australian documentary called ‘Beating the Black Dog’ looking a depression.  The clip tells the story of a young woman, Kate O’Connor, who is eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder following a psychotic episode.  It turns out that Kate’s grandmother was also a sufferer, a situation … More Beating the Black Dog

Breaking the Silence of Suicide Survivors

I’ve just stumbled upon an incredibly moving and courageous TED talk by Prof. JD Schramm on suicide survivors. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on … More Breaking the Silence of Suicide Survivors

Afraid to Live…

AFRAID TO LIVE A tepid existence. Dead to life and all its glories. Drowning in dread. Grappling with a contorted psyche, a mangled perception. An egregious trepidation assaults my soul, which disintegrates under the corrosiveness of untrammelled anxiety. Repelled by life, I am an emotional corpse. Too afraid to experience the vibrancy, the spontaneity, the … More Afraid to Live…

Finding the Genes Associated with Bipolar

I’ve uploaded an excellent short film produced by the Wellcome Trust which features ‘Twink’, a former photographer for The Jam, who has lived with the vagaries of  bipolar disorder for more than two decades.  Twink is presently a patron of MDF, The Bipolar Organisation in the UK  (  He is currently assisting Professor Nicholas Craddock from … More Finding the Genes Associated with Bipolar