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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

How to Spot a Psychopath

It's a shame that Hollywood and pop culture depict psychopaths as stark raving lunatics carrying chainsaws. When writing my novella Psycho Girl I spent a lot of time watching films and reading books with psychopathic characters, as well as reading lots of articles and watching videos by psychologists. The truth is, psychopaths all have similar tendencies and it's simple to catch them out if you know what you're looking for. I think it's important that people are made aware of what a psychopath actually is, and how they are different from a sociopath.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

In Which My Situation Feels Ridiculous

If a person has stage one cancer, no one would dare say 'you're not sick enough to qualify for treatment.' They would be told by the doctor that it's good to catch it early to prevent it from getting worse, and have their illness treated as seriously as someone with stage three or four cancer. Yet if you have a mental illness and are still able to function, you're supposed to 'wait' until you've 'hit rock bottom' or 'can't leave the house without having a panic attack' or 'are so depressed you can't get out of bed.'