Tag: BPD

The Looking Glass – Identity on the Borderline

The Looking Glass - By Charlotte Farhan

When identity is unstable life can feel as if you are staring through a mirror wondering what the “other side” means ? Like Alice who questions the world on the other side of the mirror’s reflection – before stepping through and entering an alternative…

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Our Journey so Far – Me and my Psychiatric Assistance Dog

me and amadeaus - by charlotte farhan

  This is our journey so far… Amadeus is a 13 month old standard poodle who is my psychiatric assistance dog and he is helping me gain some independence, access to the outside world, exercise and he also gives me things I can not…

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Ableism and Fertility – When online support groups turn against the vulnerable

Last Friday I woke up in my usual state of anxiety and dissociation, having spent what seemed like a life time of nightmares that night – when I had finally focused my mind on the day ahead my heart felt heavy and my mind…

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“I am Fine” the mantra of unseen illness – By Charlotte Farhan

I am fine…. I AM FINE! I. AM. FINE.  However which way I say these three words they are always a lie. Not a vicious deceitful lie, but a lie which serves me well whilst simultaneously crushing me emotionally; with each utterance. This little…

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Growth – Art and Short Story – By Charlotte Farhan

Growth By Charlotte Farhan

  Growth – A short story by Charlotte Farhan   Hope was a young woman who carried around sadness, as if it were a suitcase of old belongings she had lost the key for a long time ago. Hope wanted to be free of…

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Fragile – Illustration and Poetry By Charlotte Farhan

Fragile - By Charlotte Farhan

Fragile – My emotions are encased in glass, self preservation enclosed them there, in a mason jar for safe keeping, fear like a snake in the grass, infectious despair simply to scare, in my jar I am left weeping. – Fragility is never a…

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The darkness creeps in – Art and Poetry By Charlotte Farhan

The darkness creeps in - art and poetry by charlotte farhan

Hearing everyone else cry but no one asks tears fall easier for them my cheeks still dry every day adjusting masks staring at the sun happy to comply the darkness creeps in. Mother loves with conditions distance is key with my confused contrition more…

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Clouding of Consciousness – Art and Poetry by Charlotte Farhan

Clouding of Consciousness by Charlotte Farhan

Clouding of consciousness, adaptive defence kicks in, my mind is filled with fogginess, thoughts start to fade into rottenness, no longer within my own skin. I left me so I could survive, muted and distorted, reality and make-believe collide, identities become contorted, memories remain…

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Everyone is Watching – Art and Poetry By Charlotte Farhan

Everyone is Watching - By Charlotte Farhan

With this unseen malady, the world is set to a different frequency, faces move past with only apathy, when they can’t fit you into a box, intelligent, irrational, focused, erratic… you seem a paradox. Knowing people question me, life feels scrutinised, under the microscope,…

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Where are my human rights? Mental illness in the NHS

tears by charlotte farhan

Over 3 weeks ago I wrote an open letter to the NHS and the Adult Mental Health Services:  https://charlottefarhanartactivism.com/2016/09/06/open-letter-to-the-mental-health-services-england-nhs/  Since this letter things started to look up, after tweeting my desperation and crisis live to the world and my followers, the NHS services in…

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