Mentals – Page 2 – Anna Spargo-Ryan


What we feel when we feel fear

Late last week, I had something of an epiphany. Epiphanies for me are quite small. They are things like, “the supermarket is just like an indoors version of the outside, but with biscuits, which you love” and “you are probably not going to fly off


Happy New Year. Oh, sorry.

Every year at about this time, I have this conversation with at least one person. ANNA: Happy New Year! PERSON: Oh, happy New Year! [pause] Oh no, I shouldn't have said that to you. I meant to say, try to have a happy year. ANNA: What? PERSON: You know, I hope it's not too


Brain training

My brain is flooded with memories: things about the school lamb that left droppings all over my dad's car, and nanna's porch full of orb weaving spiders, and the time a couple of louts stole our lawnmower while we were on holiday. Here's a thing: I


On “trauma”, and therapy

For the past few weeks I have been trying a new therapy with my long-suffering psychologist. I've been seeing her since 2009, hoping she could pop my heart back into place, then looking for some direction in life, then having a mental breakdown, then just


When someone gets off the boat

Beware: triggers lurk here. I've never cried at a celebrity death. In fact, I've watched others do it with some disgust, like, Why are you making this about you? I've never read a celebrity's death notice and thought, here is something that affects me personally, me, this person