girl talk


roobs goes cold turkey

July 04, 2018 Roobs Leiser

today, for the first time in my life, i realise that the old oft-quoted, and oft joked-about, line ‘the first step is admitting you have a problem’ is relevant to me. because i am addicted to skin-picking. you can relate it to anxiety, you can relate it to OCD, you can relate it to impulse control disorders - and all of these things are accurate - but at the end of the day i am addicted to the process. to the cycle. and, to my embarrassment, i knew a long time ago that i ‘had a problem’ but, instead of...


roobs vs the physical health bias

May 21, 2018 Roobs Leiser

i read a really gross article today (BY A PSYCHOLOGIST) that said we shouldn’t treat mental illness like physical illness unless there is a biological basis for it, because otherwise it just gives mentally ill people a free pass to continue being mentally ill and an excuse to continue indulging in what are really just ‘behaviour problems’. he argued that most mental illness was actually just learned behaviours that left us helpless, a burden, and unwilling to help ourselves. and before i get into, let’s start with this - tbh he’s sorta right. eating toast for every meal for 2...


roobs vs a new diagnosis

May 17, 2018 Roobs Leiser

hi again pals! a lot has happened between mental health awareness week last year, and now. but one of the more unexpected changes to my life is the entering into *this* MH awareness week with a new diagnosis. not because i thought my mental health was really improving, but because i’ve never been surprised by a diagnosis in my entire life. i vividly remember, aged about 11, sitting in my mum’s worn blue armchair in the living room, reading a book called something along the lines of ‘dr jolly’s book of childcare' - which was essentially just a list of...


mental health dictionary

May 17, 2018 Roobs Leiser

happy mental health awareness week my sweet friends. for a long time i’ve struggled with my place. there are so many things i care about that i’ve often tried very hard to make each of them a part of my work, my identity, my online presence, my contribution. but, the more i learn, the more i realise that there are topics that - care, though i might - i should be allowing others to deal with. [the irony of this relating back to my mental health, and my lifelong need to be a master of all fields and perfect at...


things you know if you’re a skin-picker

May 15, 2018 Roobs Leiser

(and things you should know if you’re not)  i've spoken about compulsive picking before, but never in much detail. it definitely resides within that privileged 'acceptable' sphere of mental health disorders alongside depression & anxiety (let's not pretend that schizo spectrum disorders aren't still stigmatised on a whole other level) but, nevertheless, any disorder that contains an element of self-mutilation is always going to earn you the side-eye from some people. so here are some facts that you definitely already know if you do it (but it's nice to hear you're not alone) and that you should know if you're...