Blogging for Mental Health

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“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”  

I have a disease, I have an illness, I am unstable, I am anxious, I am withdrawn, but I am not alone. My mental illness does not define me, but my understanding and acceptance of it does.

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Further Confessions of a GP – Dr Benjamin Daniels

Although I didn’t read Dr Bens previous book I absolutely fell in love with this one and laughed out loud a lot. I made me laugh and it made me think, two things I like in a book. The book itself was easy to read with short chapters mixed with humour and seriousness. Dr Ben is funny, humbling. The book is both reflective and honest, it feels like reading the notes of a friend. In my opinion he doesn’t patronise, he freely admits that he’s not the healthiest person on the planet and also freely admits when he gets things wrong. There are also moral arguments, financial arguments and the feeling that Dr Ben is just a guy trying to do his job.

While online some of the reviews have been pretty poor ( I can’t understand why!) I genuinely think this book is honest, humorous and really just shows that doctors are humans too. The emotions Dr Ben feels actually made me think about my own doctors. I wish they were as thoughtful as Dr Ben. I liked that the book wasn’t simply stories about patients, Dr Ben has given his opinion on many factors of the NHS and the worries people have. He is obviously a very intelligent man, full of great ideas and seems to have a good way of dealing with and understanding people.

Above all Dr Ben made me realise that a) I could never be a doctor, I’m too impatient and too squeamish, b) Being a doctor involves a lot of poo a lot.  and c) if all doctors took note from Dr Ben going to see them would be a much more pleasant experience. It also opens your eyes to the nature of humans, how different and alike we all are from someone who has usually seen it all. You can imagine some of his characters in your own neighbourhood and want to reach out the them after reading. It was the people who I truly found fascinating, as did I find how Dr Ben handled each situation.

So overall I give this book **** four stars. I can’t help but wonder what my own doctors think of me so thank god there arn’t too many of these books floating around! I’m hoping there will be many more confessions of a GP books and I’m looking forward to reading a few more from the series!