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Doran Lamb
Top Writer in Mental Health + Psychology + Health. Acute observer of the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction, particularly for women and mothers.

We all know about reclaiming your weekends, improved sleep, and reduced weight but there are so many more benefits to an alcohol-free existence.

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I used to get sick a lot; flus, colds, whatever was doing the rounds. Right now I’ve been sick once with a virus in 2 years. Alcohol totally f**ks with your immunity.

2. No more slow-brain days.

After a couple of months sober, I noticed I didn’t sit there grimacing because my brain literally hurt to think. Alcohol really dumbs your brain down. Research has found that even those who are not problem drinkers have a reduction in cognitive functions after a heavy night on the booze. But I’m sure you didn’t need research to tell you that right?

3. Skin conditions improve or cease to exist.

There was that whole puffy face…

When writing hurts: the trauma response and you

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“Write hard and clear about what hurts” — Ernest Hemingway

Imagine if Hemingway was a blogger. This quote, pretty much the mantra for bloggers everywhere, allows you to imagine your fantasy for a split second. Hemingway’s live on Zoom from some unspecified 5-star location, the unmistakable tinkle of ice cubes in scotch, and charisma fill the space. Oozing charm through video chat, he tells you how he made it on Medium, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed”.

Hemingway lives on through his many succinct quotes and also because if anyone…

Learning the real reason for your addiction is the only way to heal and stay sober

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Not why addiction, but why the pain?

— Gabor Maté

I still remember the moment when someone told me that addiction wasn’t my biggest problem. It was my first week in rehab and this intimidating Aussie chick who was nearly finished her time, burst my bubble.

“Listen love, your addictions are nothing, you’ve gotta figure out what screwed you up enough to become the f**king mess you are right now.”

In my first week I felt like I had achieved a lot, I mean I’d stayed clean for a whole week in a female-only rehab, my idea of a nightmare…

Eat the cake would you?

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woman taking large bite of cream cake
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I am a highly successful dieter. I have done every diet known to womenkind. I could write a book on all the diets I have done. All the rules I have followed to the letter. All the times I have said no to the breadbasket, felt pious for smoking and drinking black coffee instead of enjoying tiramisu.

The truth is I enjoyed it. I liked the feeling of having some dietary rules to follow, something to work towards. I liked feeling better than everyone else. I liked feeling skinny.

As much as I hated Kate Moss for saying that ridiculous…

They are the future and we need to be more open

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Writers whose first language (L1) is not English don’t have it easy. In case you hadn’t noticed, English is the world’s global language. For success, you need to write in English and those of us who have it as our mother tongue are incredibly lucky. Those who don’t have the doors closed to them because the gatekeeper (that's those of us who are lucky enough to be born in an English-speaking country) says no.

Some of you will understand

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Yesterday an acquaintance messaged me asking to employ me as a writer. She even asked what my rate was. How much did I charge per word…

This is what most people would dream of. I didn't have to pitch for it, I didn't have to fight for it. An opportunity offered to me on a plate.

But I didn't reply.

This isn’t the first time this has happened.

Why did I do that?

Because the voice telling me that I’m a useless, worthless writer and will never succeed is too strong.

My inner critic has recently been winning. She used…

Back to the drawing board, children of the noughties.

woman looking confused at emoji balloons
woman looking confused at emoji balloons
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Gen Z, I get that you need to distance yourself from us oldies. I do. I’m happy to be called a cheug because I love Uggs, trainers, and Starbucks. I probably will still be hitting Starbucks for my fix in my 70’s and I will not be giving up my side parting anytime soon.

You can pull faces as much as you want child of the noughties, but one day in the not too distant future, your hair parting, like mine today, will not be based upon choice, but where your least volume of greys determines it shall lie.


Protesting Docs Slogan ‘Don’t Be A Dick See A Doc’ causing controversy on Twitter

graffiti on a wall
graffiti on a wall
Shocking vandalism by disgruntled doctors in Islington. Image created with Canva.

Extraordinary scenes today as thousands of moaning medics gathered upon central London demanding that all health websites be banned. Disturbingly some of them dressed up as the Google logo and then poured what appeared to be buckets of animal guts all over themselves whilst chanting FUCK YOU GOOGLE. These desperate docs claim that self-diagnosis and self-treatment from the internet are taking innocent lives every day.

We got down and dirty and spoke to some of the crazy medics.

Rupert, a GP from Slough claimed that just in the last week he’d had 6 patients who had treated fungal toe with…

Who would believe that Medium is blocked by the great Chinese firewall? Now I’m VPNed up and back.

Arriving in Shanghai Pudong on May 1st. image courtesy of the author.

So my plan was to start the 30 articles to 30 different publications in 30 days challenge on the 1st May. Inspired by David Majister, his original challenge, and his new inspirational publication.

It felt like serendipity. I was landing at Shanghai Pudong Airport on 1st May at 7.30 a.m. I figured I would have a long first day of lounging on my bed typing away. Doing what I haven't been able to do for the last two weeks that I spent planning this work trip to China.

Of course, my first day didn't quite work out like that.


This might hurt

pink wall with ouch written in red graffiti
pink wall with ouch written in red graffiti
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We all know that the number of writers on Medium has boomed over the last year, due to the popularization by content creators of their craft and the impact of the pandemic.

Whatever the reason, there are now significantly more contributors to the Medium platform than before. More contributors means more articles. And although those new writers should also be increasing reading numbers, this hasn't been the outcome for everyone. Many established writers have complained about a 50% drop in viewing numbers.

Why have some established and successful writers lost so many viewers?

I have been thinking for a long…

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