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Paul

About Paul

I am Paul Brook. I am a husband, Dad, local panto fool, writer, Christian, Yorkshireman, vegetarian and lots of other things, but above all, I'm just me. I love nonsense, laughing, walking, wildlife, coming up with ideas and encouraging people. I'm recovering from depression and have been writing about mental health since September 2011 on my blog, www.dippyman.wordpress.com. I also write about family life, wildlife, Yorkshire and anything else that takes my fancy. You can follow me on Twitter @paulbrook76

Confidence? What confidence?

5Nov

Confidence, self-esteem, self-worth… Whatever you call it, I wish I had more of it. Judging by the number of helpful people who offer insightful advice like “You just need more confidence,” there must be plenty of it out there, growing … Continue reading

  

Depression and normality: which is which?

5Nov

Depression has changed me. For better or worse, it’s an experience that has made a permanent mark on my character. Depression has also confused me, because, although I know I’ve changed, I can’t always remember what I was like before … Continue reading

  

Music and mental health: my personal playlist

19Oct

It makes sense that a chirpy tune should lift your mood, doesn’t it? Well no, not necessarily. In my darkest moods on my darkest days of depression, an excessively cheerful song would have been about as uplifting as a bad … Continue reading