No, I didn’t know that Boris Johnson had missed five COBRA meetings, but I was so unsurprised that it didn’t even feel like new information to me.

Hope’s #MadCovidDiaries Tuesday 21.4.2020 TW: Miscarriage, COVID deaths I am getting so angry that anger doesn’t feel like anger anymore, it just feels like being tired. The first week of the pandemic I spent staring at the news and just shaking with rage. It became unsustainable and I started trying to get into some otherContinue reading “No, I didn’t know that Boris Johnson had missed five COBRA meetings, but I was so unsurprised that it didn’t even feel like new information to me.”

Feeling like a fraud: Do I still qualify as mad?

Jo’s fifth vlog is out now!  She talks about feeling like a fraud ‘mental’ because its been 3 years since she was very unwell. However, she tells us about all the things she has to do to stay well, like sleeping and eating well, not drinking alcohol and taking medication. Jo hope to hear aboutContinue reading “Feeling like a fraud: Do I still qualify as mad?”

It is dislocating, going from a weekly face to face appointment to doing it over the phone. I find it disconcerting that I cannot see my therapist’s face. I cannot know what she is thinking. I can’t read her.

Ruby’s #MadCovidDiaries 15.4.2020 I thought I would feel worse than I do. Am I a fraud?  Therapy is strange. In January I began a 7 month course of weekly sessions through the NHS. With a more specific focus on OCD and my experience of it. It is dislocating, going from a weekly face to faceContinue reading “It is dislocating, going from a weekly face to face appointment to doing it over the phone. I find it disconcerting that I cannot see my therapist’s face. I cannot know what she is thinking. I can’t read her.”

Love and Tesco: A simple act of care performed by people living, eating and surviving together, has acquired this vast significance.

Hope’s #MadCovidDiaries Tuesday 14.4.2020 My partner and I have avoided going into Tesco since the lockdown. (We have been eating a lot of beans and lentils. We ran out last week.) I volunteered to go in on Thursday. My partner went in today. Each of us waited outside while the other one was inside. There’sContinue reading “Love and Tesco: A simple act of care performed by people living, eating and surviving together, has acquired this vast significance.”

Guilt: Why am I not feeling worse?

Jo’s fourth vlog is out now!  She talks about the long weekend being a challenge for her, especially with waiting to hear about whether she’ll be furloughed. She talks about feeling guilty, knowing that she is doing ok and others are struggling with their mental health. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativesContinue reading “Guilt: Why am I not feeling worse?”

The pandemic and the lockdown are bringing pre-existing problems and anxieties into sharp, unrelenting focus, and I am weakened by them.

Hope’s #MadCovidDiary 7.4.2020 Things are starting to get worse for me. Yesterday was only the third time I left my flat since mid-March, and the first time for daily exercise. I am lucky to have an exercise bike in my flat which I have been using. Myself and my partner— who is being wonderful— haveContinue reading “The pandemic and the lockdown are bringing pre-existing problems and anxieties into sharp, unrelenting focus, and I am weakened by them.”

I’ve got a bit of fire in my belly today!

Jo’s third vlog is out now!  She updates us on her activities this week at the food bank, and the progress of the #MadCovid hardship fund which is getting more and more applications. Jo highlights that Wales does not have a vulnerable list like England to allow people like her Mum to have priority shoppingContinue reading “I’ve got a bit of fire in my belly today!”

Society told me I was wrong, that my thoughts needed to be changed. Now, society lives in fear and practices all the things that go on in my mind.

Kimberley’s First #MadCovidDiaries 3.4.2020 Here’s something that took me a while to accept – when the Coronavirus pandemic started to take hold of the UK and the behaviour of society drastically changed, I felt angry.  To some extend, I’m ashamed to say that. But let me explain. As the UK saw cases of COVID-19 soar,Continue reading “Society told me I was wrong, that my thoughts needed to be changed. Now, society lives in fear and practices all the things that go on in my mind.”

Everyone’s sharing (to some degree), a similar kind of psychological pain.

Hope’s #MadCovidDiary 2.4.2020 I have been avoiding going into town since I went to the doctor’s a week and a half ago. Today I had to go to the pharmacy for a prescription. There were hardly any people in town and I hadn’t anticipated how strange it would look for the bus station to beContinue reading “Everyone’s sharing (to some degree), a similar kind of psychological pain.”

Jo’s second #MadCovidDiaries vlog is out now!

Our fantastic Jo’s second vlog is out now!  She talks about her own experiences of OCD and others and the support available online for people who are in similar circumstances.  To end she tells us that the #MadCovid Hardship Fund has exceeded £5000 in donations! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0Continue reading “Jo’s second #MadCovidDiaries vlog is out now!”