Mad Koala: An OCD Story

As you may know, at MadNarrative we all choose a plant or animal to represent us as an avatar. Though I am a migrant to Australia, I love the Koala and it represents me because they are caring and friendly. I was very sad when the bushfires devastated the koala habitats. I have lived with […]

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June 13, 2020

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Love in the Time of Corona

I am in love with someone new just as the world is crumbling into Coronavirus chaos. We are both scared of what is coming part it’s brilliant that we now have each other for emotional support. I need someone who understands my mental illness and can be there when we are locked down going even […]

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March 13, 2020

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A clown and a comedian walk into an asylum… What is the role of humour in improving mental health? When severely depressed it’s hard to laugh at anything but if you can, it can really get those positive brain chemicals flowing. These chemicals include serotonin and dopamine which are the targets of a lot of […]

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April 18, 2019

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Defuse your time bomb

The Mad Magpies shares his experience of developing a psychosocial disability while a University of Sydney student and academic. I was a fairly normal guy. Queer, but relatively normal otherwise. I had just been married and my wedding was featured on SBS News as one of the first same-sex weddings by an Australian couple in […]

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November 5, 2018

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Unicorn with a pack of horses

I was very glad to see some fellow unicorns around South Australia today Wear It Purple to raise awareness and fight LGBTIQ bullying in schools, universities, workplaces and other important places. Still, there wasn’t nearly enough unicorns, just a lot of horses wearing a fake horn for a day. The Conversation had a great piece […]

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August 31, 2018

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Ana wrecks your life

I have always been overweight. As a gay man being really fat is particularly hard to deal with because we are a culture obsessed with either “skinny twinks” or “muscle mary’s”. Even “bears” who are meant to be accepting and body positive have little cliques depending on the size of your body and how hairy […]

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August 23, 2018

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Sleeving it all behind

Psychiatric medication can really put on the kilos. We might need meds like antidepressants, mood stabilisers and antipsychotics but many of them are ‘weight positive’. This can sometimes involve both a slowing down of the metabolism and an increase in hunger. As well as our meds causing weight gain side effects, many symptoms of mental […]

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Cold Water

It’s a bit lame of me but some pop songs over the last two years have a special significance. This is because I have listened to them when feeling depressed or psychotic. My now not-so-secret shame is my love for Justin Bieber. Beebs is almost universally hated but has done some epic collabs. One with […]

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