Chapter 6

Unhappiness

Danielle watched on the sidelines as her life fell apart. At 27, like 1 in 4 people living in the UK with a mental health problem, she was struggling; living at home with her parents, she had dropped out of university and even found the thought of looking for a job just too overwhelming. Sitting in front of me she said “I see people on a different plane. I am just wallowing in the mud feeling hopeless. I just don't know what to do. If I take baby steps and hit a stumbling block then it sort of sends me off in that direction [as she points down]. If I try, I might fail and if I fail then that is bad. That's how my brain works.” I asked her “What about when you succeed?” and with a flat and resigned response she said it is ...

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