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  1. Mel wrote on

    Glenn this is the absolute best post I’ve read all year. As someone who has battled bipolar and weight challenges for my entire adult life, I SO get everything you are saying. I’m with you. Some days are more of a struggle than others, and often when we are in the depths of it it’s impossible to see anything but the negative. I’m still yet to be publicly open about my bipolar (possibly for the reasons you’ve outlined) but in admitting depression I’ve never had anyone deny me help when I’ve asked for it. There is definitely more good out there than bad. You’re awesome, and kudos to your wife for those massages, she’s got her head screwed on ;-)

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Wow, thanks so much, Mel. Very nice comment. It’s crazy that our society pressures people to hide stuff like this! (And yes, you’re right about my wife. She’s a sly one…)

  2. Kate Toon wrote on

    Hey

    We sound like very similar beasts. I nodded like something that nods a lot while reading this.

    The only thing I’m missing is the beard and the loving wife.

    Nice admission of humanity Glenster.
    I feel you

    Kate

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Thanks Kate. Yeah, I suspect we are. At least, I like nodding too! ;-)

  3. Anna Butler wrote on

    Good on you Glenn for sharing that you are a flawed, infallible and self-conscious human. Funny.. we all are, but we tend to beat ourselves up for that. Probably because we buy the lie of everyone else’s lives being perfect (and sadly that is more often a lie we tell ourselves, than we hear from anyone else).

    I’m incredibly lucky that I’ve never suffered anxiety problems (which isn’t to say I don’t battle my own demons – fortunately that’s just not one of them), however, too many people I love dearly have suffered crippling anxiety. Had they been able to firstly recognise the problem and then take action sooner, their own personal fall-out might not have been so bad… but it’s just not the “done thing”.

    Thank you for helping break a little more of that barrier down.

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      I count myself very lucky too. I’ve seen severe panic attacks first-hand, and serious anxiety (dizziness-inducing – it’s called Mal de debarquement syndrome http://www.mdds.org.uk/). Both are terrifying and debilitating. All I have to put up with is a bit of hyperventilation and the runs! ;-)

  4. Camilla Jones wrote on

    I literally ‘wow’ed out loud at some points dude!!

    That’s some brave shizzle to be sharing right there – and the reality is, the people/clients that can’t handle the reality of who you are, aren’t who you need or want around you anyway.

    The truth is its own universal sorting system.

    To me, being perfect isn’t about being superhuman anyway.

    Being superhuman is getting back up each time one of our demons raises its ugly head, digging deep to finding the energy and willpower to keep going for another moment, another minute, another hour, day, week and onward.

    People with a lot of ‘problems’ seem to have more of this strength than others. So I see them as heroes. With a lot of inner strength. And I respect that.

    Bouncing back and (literally) living to fight another day is what I pride myself on – because sometimes, it’s all you’ve got to hang your hat on.

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Thanks Camilla. I’ve always been a fan of the truth. And I’m definitely no super-hero. I agree, fighting on is tough, and a great measure of strength. :-)

  5. Nichole wrote on

    Seeing a multitude of layers below the surface of everything is in a writer’s nature. Insight is often a heavy burden to bare, and exacts an according price on our bodies and minds. Would you have it any other way though?

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Yeah, I wonder if there’s any correlation between writers and anxiety…

      Would I have it any other way? Well, I could certainly do without the symptoms, but if I had to choose between them and my creativity or my ability to solve problems, then no, I’d keep them.

  6. Paul wrote on

    Nice work, Glenn – thanks for sharing. I can relate to a lot of the things you mentioned, particularly anxiety, depression and the short fuse (which all go hand in hand for me). For what it’s worth, I’ve found ‘Change your thinking’ by Sarah Edelman very helpful in managing all that stuff, especially during busy periods.

    Maybe get the diarrhoea checked out, if you haven’t already – I endured unstoppable, ahem, episodes until I was recently diagnosed with coeliac disease. Now I’m pooing nicely…

    Too much?

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Thanks Paul. Yes, I have that book, and I’m re-reading it at the moment. Sarah is awesome. I mentioned Mal de Debarquement syndrome above. Sarah was the one who helped my friend overcome it.

      I’ve had my guts checked out by an endocrinologist, and apparently they’re all good. I was actually there getting them to look into my hypoglycaemia (which they said was just anxiety, but on that I at least partly disagree, because it’s very closely related to diet).

    2. Teri wrote on

      ‘Change your Thinking’ is a fantastic book! everyone should read it! Good on you Glenn

  7. Lyn Preston wrote on

    Hi Glenn,
    Wow! How humble for you to write with such honesty. To be so authentic and risk being seen, by others like me, a fan! I have recently been transitioning into another career, which is complimentary to my work as an Image Consultant. It is Gestalt Therapy.
    So much of what I have learned over past four years is about anxiety and how we ‘adjust’ or, sometimes ‘don’t adjust.’ It’s a beautiful therapy, a somatic experience and would help you, given how in tune you are with your body. I love your posts, you are truly talented and as Brenee Brown would say ‘good enough!’ Warm regards, Lyn

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Hi Lyn. Thanks for your kind comment. That sounds interesting. I’ll check it out. :-)

  8. Denise Beecroft wrote on

    Hi Glenn, I’m in awe of your copywriting skills.. & yes, it’s nice to know you’re human. I hope, like us all, you keep those plates spinning and keep it all together. Thanks again for your honesty & your fabulous words of wisdom.
    Denise

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Wow! Thanks so much, Denise. Don’t worry, I’m very human, sitting here on my couch with my running shorts and wife-beater on! ;-)

      The plates are spinning as per usual.

  9. Steve wrote on

    Glenn,
    You’re a fucking legend. Excuse my language but I think it’s justified after such an awesome post!
    The thing that struck me the most as I was reading was that your ‘problems’ are so ‘normal’ if that makes sense.
    Whether it’s anxiety, depression, diarrhoea, obsessiveness, beer belly or crooked teeth, everyone has ‘problems’ to varying degrees.
    It’s only when someone like you is brave enough to share that we all nod and breathe a sigh of relief in the knowledge that we’re just as imperfect as the next person.
    I’ll say it again – you’re a fucking legend Glenn Murray :)

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Thank you, kind sir. You’re a gentleman! Yeah, the normality of it all is the important thing. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of believing some people are above it all, just because they don’t talk about it or for any other reason.

      If you’d like my wife’s email address so you can tell her how awesome I am, just lemme know! ;-)

  10. Lisa Cropman wrote on

    It’s like you’re holding up a mirror. Is it concerning that so many of us suffer the same symptoms? Is it comforting? I don’t know. If you find any answers, please share.

    And as for writing this post, please take one step up on your pedestal. You’re divine.

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Thanks Lisa. Yeah, I’ve spoken to a few people (and some above) who’ve said that. We’re all equally weird! ;-)

  11. Shauna Maguire wrote on

    I can’t add much to what everyone else has said so I’ll leave it at thanks. Honesty like this makes us all feel a bit less fucked up ;-)

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      LOL. Yep, we’re all fucked up. :-) Thanks for your support, Shauna.

  12. Teri wrote on

    ‘Change your Thinking’ is a brilliant book. Everyone should read it. In fact, it should be prescribed reading at schools and CBT should be a subject taught right through school to better prepare individuals to deal with life’s inevitable surprises and challenges. Good work Glenn!

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Hi Teri, thanks. Yes, Sarah’s very good!

  13. Charmaine wrote on

    Just awesome. Just so you know, you are someone I admire very much. And if your boys grow up to be just like you, well the world would be a better place for it. Love, appreciate and am honoured by your honesty.

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Thanks Charmaine, that’s so nice. I just hope our society eases up on men a little in the future.

  14. Matt Fenwick wrote on

    Hey man. Appreciate you sharing this. I related to pretty much all of it, especially the cardboard cut-out Richard Branson archetype & the damage it does to people who don’t fit the mould. And while I do suffer from depression and anxiety like you, I also know some friends who have it a LOT worse. One of my friends has untreatable depression and right now is on anti-psychotics FFS.

    On whether writing and mental health goes hand-in-hand, I’m wondering if there’s some kind of feedback loop… we choose writing because we enjoy spending time in our heads, and spending so much time in our heads makes us more prone to depression and its pals…

    What’s worked best for me is mindfulness (I found CBT a bit too much work), particularly the headspace app, and a low-dose anti-anxiety medication which makes me sleep well (and everything’s a hell of a lot more manageable with 8 hours sleep). Acceptance Committment Therapy as popularised by Russ Harris is a more formal therapeutic practice version.

    LASTLY to wind up this beast of a comment… I found your reflections on sharing/oversharing really interesting. As a copywriter, it’s really hard to know how much of yourself to put out there. But also as someone trying to be a decent human being. Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly has a great section on this… ref ‘spotlighting.’, as well as standards of masculinity.

    Thanks for putting yourself out there mate.

    1. Glenn Murray wrote on

      Thanks mate. I’ll check out the stuff you mentioned. :-)

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