Mental state examination

Patient history

High functioning loser and international mental health raconteur. Male. 52. Working-class. I like art & literature.

I have Schizoaffective Disorder (a combination of Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorder) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Obligatory idées fixes are the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), the Taxpayers’ Alliance and Alexa Chung.

I have been a rough sleeper and have an impressive homelessness portfolio including Soho streets, hostels, B&Bs, derelict buildings, squats, traffic islands (seriously), local authority temporary accommodation etc.

I have one O level (Geography, Grade C).

I fancy myself as a bit of an autodidact. More Ernest Hemingway/Frida Kahlo* than Adolf Hitler.

I have been a voluntary sector playboy, writing fundraising applications for small charities and community groups and undertaking web design. I now do occasional voluntary work when mental health permits.

I write things when I’m able to get my shit together. I try to get my facts straight. I’m not making any promises about the grammar.

Please note I’m going to punch the next person on Twitter who calls me a hipster: apart from being 52 (!) I have a proud industrial working-class heritage. One of my favourite accounts on Instagram is blackcountrytype.

*You can’t throw a stick in the air at the moment in South Kensington without it hitting someone talking about Frida Kahlo. Please note I was citing her as an inspiration on this website long before those bastards at the V&A got in on the act.

Mental state examination July 2018

Just the usual

Featured image

The Institute of Psychiatry, taken with my iPhone, June 2018.