Kerry Hudson
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I am Kerry Hudson, and live in East London amongst the underground artists, beatnik poets and miss-understood musicians. I live with 5 overweight girls but unfortunately one had to be put down. They’re my guinea pigs (Bev, Sue, Pam, Elaine and Berol) and I love them like my own hairy children.

A writer, blogger, columnist and journalist, my regulars include N16 and Mental Healthy (formerly UNCOVERED magazine) http://www.mentalhealthy.co.uk/

I come from a comedy background, writing material for BBC TV, Radio and stand up, whilst working weekends as an RSW in mental health.

Also a textiles artist, I'm often found at a sewing machine or with knitting needles making kitsch home wear with a twist kitsch home furnishing business and my work is exhibited in an East London Arts Centre Core Arts which is a gallery, venue, music and art studios supports artists with mental health. I’m a drummer and a guitarist, but no-one will join a band with me because I insist on doing Christmas covers all year round.

As a bipolar sufferer with bouts of OCD and anxiety, I'm keen to document my experiences in my humorous yet eye opening blog/book in progress Seesaw Seating Plan http://www.seesaw-seatingplan.co.uk/

Without lithium I go on spendathons and pet rescuathons.. at one point I had sixteen guinea pigs, twelve rabbits, four quails and a parrot in a maisonette. Oops.

I’m secretly in love with Noel Edmonds.

Entries by Kerry Hudson

Post-Natal and Bipolar - Wearing Nappies in G-Strings

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2014 | (16:27)

Whilst enjoying a generous three to fours hours of frequently interrupted sleep a night, every night, for months on end, no wonder people were waiting for me to crash. My ever growing peri-natal team of consultants, midwives, community nurses, counsellors etc.. were prepared for the fall, and rightly so, without...

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Pregnancy and Depression

(0) Comments | Posted 11 March 2014 | (00:00)

One thing, that used to wierdly upset me as a kid was watching other kids eat and cry at the same time. In the canteen at primary school there was always one kid who would cry so much she couldn't chew her packed lunch and her lemon curd sandwiches would...

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Complaining Versus Excercise

(0) Comments | Posted 19 January 2014 | (17:49)

TV commercials where pregnant women stand on stepladders and perfectly paint walls are misleading! I've tried to conform to the idealistic media portrayal of the modern pregnant woman but it's not going to plan. Yes, I am decorating mother and baby to be's bedrooms with the help of my friend...

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Bipolar and Pregnant, Jelly Babies and EBay

(2) Comments | Posted 2 January 2014 | (00:00)

Pregnancy aside, mentality aside, I'm unfortunately caught up in the part paranoid, part reality 'What must people think of me' culture that still exists, decades after our grandmas twitched net curtains and aunties gossiped over garden fences. It still happens. We're not the doorstep gossip bunch we were during the...

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So It's Okay For Us to Cry in Public Now?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 October 2013 | (17:55)

Yep. So get out your tissues, top up your mascara, and sob your heart out, because we are now a nation of emotional wrecks, but proud?

I grew up in a high oestrogen family home where we had tears on tap. Afternoon weepies, sibling strops, money worries.. we didn't...

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Why Are Our New Boyfriends Still Here?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2013 | (23:19)

Having just played myself at Hangman, I got him down to his limbs, I thought some form of human contact was needed. I called my friend (fellow bipolaress, the one who turned up to a meditation class in a homeless shelter in a cocktail dress) and we tried to work...

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Ovulating in Wetherspoons

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2013 | (17:37)

My second best friend (Yes, I've OD'd on Mr Freezes again) is a manic depressive as well. Unlike me she's gets more down than up. When together, our behaviour changes based on this and no get together has ever been the same.

When we're both up, it's pubs rather than...

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Bucket List

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2013 | (15:04)

After about ten years of waking up every morning - thats 3,650 times - wishing I could go to Prague and wander through narrow cobbled streets, staring up at dolls houses the size of mansions, and pay 50p for a pint of vodka.. I actually went last week. I can...

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Attachment Issues, Floor Tiles and Garibaldis

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2013 | (01:00)

To some extent we all have some attachment issues, even if very little, even if we don't even know. Same as rejection, same as abandonment, same as horizontal stripes make you look fat issues.

Although I have absolutely no idea where mine came from.. I wasn't breast fed so...

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Manic Spendathons

(0) Comments | Posted 5 May 2013 | (23:37)

If there's one thing I learnt in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) it's that we have to take something positive from every negative experience. Or was it other way around? Well.. I recently went on a spendathon. It's not shopping that I have an addiction to - when I'm manic I...

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People With Mental Health Are Dangerous Criminals

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2013 | (21:58)

We're living in the future, Back To Future II is set only two years from now, I haven't seen any hoverboards or self drying clothes but I have noticed that we are more intelligent than ever and have access to so much more information, so why do broadsheets and tabloids...

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Internet Dating Profiles and Mental Health

(0) Comments | Posted 27 February 2013 | (22:49)

Just how honest are we on internet dating profiles? We like people to see our best bits, our qualities, the things we are proud of, so we leave out the flaws, the weaknesses, the things we wish we didn't have. We upload our best picture, the one that say's attractive,...

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Realistic New Year's Resolutions for 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 4 January 2013 | (00:00)

My New Year's resolution this year was to start smoking and so far it's going very well.

Admittedly I hated it to start with, namely the head rush, and had to pour cans of Coke down my neck to combat the taste, but in order to give up a guilty...

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How to Avoid Christmas Arguments This Year

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2012 | (00:00)

'Tis the season to bicker all the way to the in-laws, or is it? Here's some popular disputes and how to prevent them...

"I'm not doing the driving"

When I was growing up, my family all lived down the same street, nowadays hardly any of us live in the...

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Alternative Medicines for Mental Health

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2012 | (17:07)

Many of us are choosing a greener lifestyle, and that goes for medication too. Holistic therapist Sorrell Robbins explains "The idea of alternative medicine - namely herbs - is to help moderate and balance the individual alongside medical and/or psychiatric care and not to cure conditions that mainstream doctors were...

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'Mummy, Why is That Lady Talking to Herself?'

(2) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (00:00)

Here are some of the common misconceptions of mental health I've heard over the years (and calmly kept schtum).

"Depression isn't a mental illness, everyone gets depressed"

Being depressed because you've just been dumped whilst listening to back to back Smiths albums and Facebook updates suggest all your friends are...

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Lack of Routine, Too Much Creativity, a Mental Health Condition... You're in Butlins

(0) Comments | Posted 19 October 2012 | (20:40)

Today I drank coffee from a mug that say's "Tea" on it and I didn't even freak out!

I'd say that is pretty sweet progress considering I've been sleep deprived and over stimulated lately. 

I've been busy advocating on behalf of Mental Health as usual, and this week I was...

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My Top Three London Pub Alternatives

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2012 | (14:46)

Around this time of year, post boozy barbecues, afternoons spent in the beer garden, summer holidays and of course, wedding reception antics, we start to tell ourselves "that's it, I'm on the wagon" and "no, I mean it this time", and like January we last less than a month.

Being...

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Now We Can Start Ignoring Each Other Again - Post Olympic Mania

(0) Comments | Posted 22 August 2012 | (01:47)

Now the main games are over, the general public of London commuters seem to be back to their old selves - if a stranger speaks to them on the Tube they pretend they don't hear for being engrossed in their book.

During this time people seemed genuinely nicer to...

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Postman Vs Psychiatrist - Who's the Best Person to Make a Diagnosis?

(1) Comments | Posted 5 July 2012 | (01:00)

It recently came to my attention that the best person to assess a client with mental health needs is in fact, the postman. Firstly, yes I have been taking my lithium. Now, think about it, the postman, if a regular to the same address, ticks the box that good psychiatry...

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