The Mirage of Happiness

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I think we all share a common goal in life – whether you want to be a painter, or a football player, or just really, filthy rich – we all want to be happy. The problem is, as a species we are inclined to attach that happiness to certain desires.

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Dealing with death as an atheist

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My friend recently learned that her grandmother has died due to lung cancer, so this post is for her.

Two years ago, in March, my grandfather passed away. He was a lifelong smoker, and it caught up to him. Lung cancer. It all happened in an exceedingly short space of time. Into the hospital for a simple check, diagnosed with lung cancer, dead a few days later.

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No, I’m not dead, unfortunately

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It’s been a whopping four months since I last posted on here – since I last wrote anything at all, actually. I don’t really have any excuses. I had a bunch of Halloween and Autumn-y posts planned, but I didn’t get the first one done one week and then I didn’t do the next and then Halloween was over and my fatal flaw got to me again – guilt.

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14 tips to survive depression – from someone with 5+ years experience

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I became depressed in 2012. I was diagnosed after I texted a friend in school from bed saying that I was going to kill myself. He told the school, the school rang my mother, and I was rushed to the local Children’s and Adolescents’ Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I was diagnosed almost immediately with depression.

I have attempted suicide twice, both around that time, and both fairly close together. I have had several depressive relapses, spent many weeks confined to my bed, and have questioned the point of life more times than I can count. I am still here, and I am happy.

Today is World Mental Health Day. In honour of that, here are some of my tips, from experience, on how to survive this horrible illness.

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21 Misconceptions about depression

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Two days ago, Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide. He killed himself by hanging. Chester was just 41 years old. I was a huge fan of Linkin Park when I was younger. My brother and I would listen to their album all the time, on our tiny MP3 players.

One of the reasons I set up this blog was to write about mental health and my own experiences with depression, anxiety, etc. I hadn’t planned on writing a post about depression so soon, but then the news of Chester’s death broke, and after reading that a guitarist from Korn called Chester “a coward”, I felt the need to write this. Here are some common misconceptions about depression.

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Dear the media: Leo Varadkar isn’t gay. He’s clearly bi, he’s been fucking all of us over for years

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Dear Every news outlet outside of Ireland,

Did you know that Leo Varadkar is gay? Surprisingly not a single news organisation has mentioned that. Odd, considering (as we all know) that sexuality is the most important aspect of a politician.

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