Category: mental health

I’M WRITING A BOOK!

April 2017 I’m delighted to be writing The First Breath, a popular medicine book/memoir about fetal and neonatal care, for Pan Macmillan. Click here to read a little story in The Bookseller about my book in progress. If anyone has any experiences to share about time spent in fetal or neonatal units, recently or many years […]

MOTHER’S PRIDE — The Oxford Times

For the June issue, a column about the life lessons I hope my children will learn which took me too long, and a rather disastrous first trip to the ballet for my daughter

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN MED STUDENTS’ GRADES DEPEND ON LISTENING TO WOMEN — Broadly

With a blue paper sheet covering her pubic hair, a 30-year-old woman is lying naked from the waist down, with her legs spread open on an examination couch in a hospital room. A trainee doctor opens her vagina with a speculum and gazes inside to find the cervix. But this is no ordinary pap smear. […]

GROWING OUT OF SCHOOLGIRL BITCHINESS – – Glamour

Delighted to write for this month’s GLAMOUR about how schoolgirl bitchiness haunts us well into womanhood. Loved the positive response to this piece.

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE — Healthy

For the March/April issue of Healthy, I interviewed Laura Dernie about why she has set up mental health charity mydiscombobulatedbrain.com

DO YOU KNOW THE SIGNS OF BURNOUT? — Prima.co.uk

The term ‘burnout’ was coined in the 1970s by the American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger and describes an exhausted, extreme reaction to severe stress and high expectations. Many women feel exhausted by the demands of caring for children and ageing parents on top of earning a living – and at this time of year, with Christmas […]

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO HAVE MISOPHONIA — Healthy

Misophonia – a strong dislike of certain sounds – is an intriguing and little-understood medical condition. I spoke to a sufferer, as well as a medical expert.

THE FRIEND WHO SAVED ME — Red

For Red’s December issue, I wrote a long-planned thank you letter to a very good friend.            

THE OXFORD PROFESSOR WHO WARNS THAT SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING — Oxford Today

Eminent NHS physician and health policy influencer Sir Muir Gray is on a crusade to get people to work standing up instead of sitting down to improve their health. He himself is in his 70s and works in his north Oxford home at a standing desk. Click here to read my interview with the inspiring […]

THE MAXIMUM SECURITY BOOK CLUB — Oxford Today

English Literature alumna Mikita Brottman is bringing what she learned at Oxford to the inmates of the Jessup Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Maryland. Over two years she discussed writers from Shakespeare to Nabokov, and developed close bonds with some of the convicts…

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