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Ruby Wax, popular comedian and bestselling author of Sane New World, is a respected mental health advocate. After writing and performing in her own widely popular television shows on BBC for 25 years, and serving as Script Editor on the entire run of the hit series “Absolutely Fabulous,” she earned a Master's degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from Oxford, becoming an activist—successfully petitioning Parliament and Downing Street to change the laws around discrimination and mental health. Her Global TED Talk “What’s so funny about mental illness?” has received nearly 1.4 million views. Follow her on Facebook and @RubyWax on Twitter.

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Drowning, Not Waving

(48) Comments | Posted 18 December 2014 | (00:00)

I remember why depression is so awful now that I'm back in that land; there is no specific sharp, jabbing or throbbing pain, there is no feeling. This is the sensation people are after when they take certain drugs to forget but even then they know it'll wear off. This...

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On Depression

(23) Comments | Posted 9 December 2014 | (00:00)

Ever since my departure from America where I was launching/pimping my book, I've slowly descended into what some call 'the black dog'. I call it depression. Unlike past bouts, I could feel this one growing; creeping up on me like a thief stealing my personality.

There were many contributing factors...

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Staying Sane in the New World

(0) Comments | Posted 20 November 2014 | (00:00)

I am trying to launch my book Sane New World but in America you're nobody unless you're somebody famous and being unknown here means I don't exist.

I started my journey to publicise the book in New York. Everyone tells me they love New York, to me it's a...

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Addicted to Our Own Drugs

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (16:55)

I've said mindfulness is about paying attention, which is a whole different bucket of fish from the idea of 'focus'. To most of us they are more or less the same.

Focus is when we're cocooned in that single minded pin-point concentration lasting a limited time before you start...

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Infomania - The Newest Obsession on the Block

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2014 | (00:00)

A female honeybee larva can grow up to be either a queen or a worker depending on what food it's fed. I didn't make that up. Hives are complex social structures with different kinds of workers, such as harvesters, nurses and cleaners. There are no hedge fund bees or celebrity...

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I'm No Evangelist

(1) Comments | Posted 21 October 2014 | (17:36)

I'm in the early foothills of Mount Everest as far as writing my next book. Hard? Don't make me laugh. This next book (still with humour) is about mindfulness since that happens to be the 'it' girl these days. Who knew when I studied mindfulness at Oxford it would become...

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Me at TEDTalks, or a Journey Into Brain Candy

(2) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (01:00)

I just got back from TEDTalks, which were held in Rio this year. It's like going to Glastonbury but the acts are geniuses who've invented things I've never dreamt possible. It's extraordinary - and the sense of "I'm not worthy" bubbles below my surface as I'm surrounded by all this...

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Too Much Before We Explode

(4) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (01:00)

Here's another fly in the ointment; choice. When I came to the UK I would have killed for ice cream that wasn't chocolate or vanilla. Then my country started to make 31 flavours. Then 1,310 flavours. It started slowly, strawberry, mint bubble gum, bacon with egg, alfalfa, no calories, no...

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On Happiness

(1) Comments | Posted 25 September 2014 | (01:00)

One of the problems with the 'H' word is that we can't all agree on what it is or how to hold on to it.

As humans we all get it free with the package, this ability to sense over 50,000 emotions, and yet there's only...

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How Much Can We Do Before We Explode?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2014 | (01:00)

We do more work than ever before. We were conned into the belief that at the dawn of computers they would do all the boring stuff and free us up to paint landscapes or flower arrange.

Nope.

We are the slaves, they are the slave-drivers. It's back-fired, what...

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On Stigma

(13) Comments | Posted 11 September 2014 | (01:00)

Here's my rant about stigma. I will not shut up until it's abolished. Why should there be one, I ask and ask, since it affects one in four people. That means either it's you or someone you know. Why,when you have a mental disease, is it always considered an act...

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Being Human or Not

(2) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (01:00)

To be human is not in fashion these days. Successful people like to think of themselves as an extension of their digital hardware, that they are the software like the Wizard of Oz was behind the curtain, playing God. There we are alone in the darkness on a constant drip...

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On Robin Williams

(4) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (18:07)

Why is it such an 'out of the blue' experience for everyone that Robin Williams killed himself? Is it because we think if someone's funny they must spend their lives, head thrown back, wheezing away? I know very few comedians who in their real lives have their heads thrown back,...

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Brian Cox and Me

(1) Comments | Posted 7 August 2014 | (01:00)

In Edinburgh, not having a depression, no, this is a feeling and when you have a feeling you don't have depression. With depression you feel nothing, dead, frozen inhuman. There is no reason for this sadness; I'm doing my show, it's full, I don't forget my lines so all's good...

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Under Siege

(2) Comments | Posted 1 August 2014 | (01:00)

I feel under siege, everything feels like an emergency from the fear we're on the cusp of a World War to the fact I missed my dentist appointment and he's going to charge me for it. Why am I so strung out?

I'm sure in the past I wasn't this...

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On Getting Old

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (17:26)

One thing I really will never recover from is the realization that I am an adult as in a grown up person. I never thought this would happen. I only realized when one day I was called 'ma'am' instead of 'miss'.

When exactly did this 'ma'am' transformation happen, what...

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Alone Amongst Many

(1) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (17:39)

I don't know when it started but I've recently noticed when I'm talking to someone they don't ask me one question, not one. I don't even want to talk about me but for God's sake I'm sitting in front of them aren't they embarrassed that they're taking up all the...

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Noticing Is Half The Battle

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (01:00)

Every morning I drag myself from sleep (it's so hard especially when I've been starring in my own dream and I've been a hit) to sitting up on my pillow to do 20 minutes of mindfulness.

Every morning I think why am I doing this because when I look...

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Learning to Manage Our Ancient Whispers

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2014 | (17:46)

I've been thinking how little we know about ourselves no matter how much has been coughed out to shrinks. Surely to understand our inner inconsistencies there must be some other influences outside our paltry life stories which some of us repeat on an endless loop tape to get to the...

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A Day In The Life In My Head

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2014 | (01:00)

Most mornings I try to drag myself into a sitting position to practice mindfulness. I do this because if I delay and say to myself, "Later," I'll never do it. My body craves to stay prone, probably forever. But sitting up and following my breath, I can check my internal...

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