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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

J K Rowling: Anxiety and Depression

J K ROWLING was on the radio earlier today talking about her forthcoming novel for adults. It will be (arguably) her eighth book for an adult readership, since Harry Potter seemed to be written for (and was definitely read by) adults too.

She said when she was younger she had "mental health problems"*. Strange how the language has changed: when I was younger they were called "emotional problems". She means anxiety in her teens; depression in her twenties.

See: anxiety is very common. So is depression. Together they mix like a cocktail from hell.

When I was younger, I used to think "you can't change everything in life, but you can change your attitude". Sometimes that helps. Maybe I can still help myself... I hope so.


Is it just me, or does this music sound really, really melancholy and sad?...

JEANETTE: SOY REBELDE



JEANETTE: FRENTE A FRENTE



*When I was younger, "emotional problems" usually meant "reactive depression", anxiety and "neurosis"; the label "mental problems" tended to be applied to more "serious" illness: manic depression, "endogenous depression" and schizophrenia...

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8 comments:

Bev said...

Gledwood you should be a doctor.Your full of sympathy and warmth and understanding.Kindness like yours is very healing.
Love you sweet heart.XoXoxo

Bev said...

I think if I was feeling sad the song will sound more sad.But Im happy today and the songs sounds sweet and all things young but not sad.

Don QuiScottie said...

"you can't change everything in life, but you can change your attitude"

Ah yes, I find myself telling myself at least once every day that it's not really the situation that matters, but the attitude I take to it. That often works very well. Sometimes has no effect whatsoever.

(Just wandered in here following a link in jam's o'donnell's place)

Furtheron said...

I saw a bit of the interview with JK - impressed with her openness and honesty and it is good that people can say things like that who have come through it. Still a long way to go before the public is totally accepting of this kind of conversation I feel. I still worry there is too much of the "Pull yourself together" attitude around

Akelamalu said...

I saw some of the interview too. Did she seem a little embarassed to have written an 'adult' novel or is it just me?

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Anna Young said...

Should've could've would've between a doctor huh.

Gledwood said...

ANNA/BEV: I'm way too thick to be a doctor. To do that you need grade A A levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry or Chemistry, Physics and Biology. I am terrible at maths. Only "profession" I'd have been any good in would have been Law, because I used to spot loopholes at 100 paces. No idea whether I could even get on the access course now: whatever "illness" I caught last year seriously took the edge off me and I'm no good at anything any more. Can't even remember new words off of German television and I mainly bought that to "educate" myself while wasting masses of time each day. Know what I mean...?

AKELAMALU: I only "heard" the interview on BBC radio so I never had a chance to pick up on facial expressions...

FURTHERON: JK always comes across as someone I'd probably like a lot in real life. But she's far too caught up in her Half-Billionaire Bubble for anyone like me ever to have half a chance to get to meet. Even if I did actually write a book and get it published, I'd never get to meet the likes of her... Know what I mean...?

DON: that thing about being able to change my life is something I completely lost touch with during the vast majority of my time using heroin. In fact I felt completely stuck and hopelessly lost for years and years of my using time. In some sense it was just like a living hell. And I'm not at all glad to have survived it, know what I mean...?...??
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BEV: I'm putting up an edition today with subtitles in English and the wording is quite sad:~~~~~~~ about never having been loved. And the world being such a pretty place and all...


Take care darlin'
Love to all ...
XxX