Rae Earl has written about the messy reality of surviving a breakdown on Broadly.
‘Blame my breakdown on a hedgehog.
Well, don’t. Of course it was a lot more complicated than that. A thousand moments thread together to make the intricate tapestry of a mental collapse. Mine was years in the making.
The problem with thinking you’re the devil or God or a god for a lot of your life is that the job comes with a great deal of anxiety. Stopping wars and plane crashes by touching things a certain number of times, preventing my cat getting hit by a car by praying – it was all my responsibility.’