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Why a ‘nutty’ pop star is my idea of a real man

Time to Change blogger Paul BrooksWhen I was a young boy, pop star Adam Ant was one of my heroes. My dad delights in recalling how I used to jump off our sofa, emulating the highwayman’s leap onto a horse in the video for Stand and Deliver, which I loved watching on Top of the Pops.

The Dog Days Are Over

Michael, Time to Change bloggerIn the space of a week in February 2007 my life changed forever. I was halfway through my second year of university when I started having panic attacks out of nowhere. I couldn't concentrate on anything, or go to my lectures or seminars. Eventually I had to go back home to my parents' house in London, where I have been ever since.

Opening up

Photo of Catherine by Imelda Michalczyk at http://www.rebeladelica.comIn February 2009, I was sectioned, tranquilised and detained in a secure psychiatric hospital. Fortunately, my stay was short; after seven days, I was given a week’s leave at home, following which I was discharged.

A birthday wish for schizophrenia

Unhappy birthday cakes for schizophrenia's 100th anniversaryIt’s now 100 years since the term “schizophrenia” was first used, but with so many people affected by the condition still getting a raw deal in almost every area of their lives and still suffering from stigma and discrimination, sadly it’s not much of a happy anniversary.