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Masculinity is now so fragile that builders need their own sunscreen

(Picture: Zachary Culpin/Solent News & Photo Agency UK) Men are a wonderful, fascinating thing. Endlessly competitive over things that don’t matter at all, constantly flexing their prowess at things that no one actually cares about. Man shampoo, for man heads. Man make-up, for man faces. Man robes, for man baths. Not content with usual levels of bravado and brawn, they’ve ...

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Mum shares all the less-than-perfect parts of her pregnancy on Instagram in glorious photo series

(Picture: mayavorderstrasse) Here’s a potential spoiler for anyone considering having babies: the pregnancy bit is not as graceful and blissful as it may appear in the Sex and the City movie or on Beyoncé’s Instagram. Mum with her foot reattached backwards poses in her underwear to celebrate her body It’s tough. Along with the opportunity to shop from the nice maternity ...

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Woman with her foot reattached backwards shares photo of herself in underwear to celebrate her body and all it’s survived

(Picture: PA Real Life) Analyn Brock has been through a lot. She survived cancer on her teens, had her foot fitted on backwards before having it amputated, and she’s given birth to three children – and breastfed them all. Whew. ‘Counting down the days til I’m dead’: This is what it’s like to live with health anxiety That’s a lot ...

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What not to say to someone with Borderline Personality Disorder

Those with BPD may experience severe mood swings (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk) I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) at 21, but I’ve been known as a ‘drama queen’ for as long as I’ve been big enough to throw a proper tantrum. There was one birthday with my ex boyfriend that ended in a blazing row in the ...

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What it’s really like to be a patient in a mental health unit

It was like being in limbo (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk) I’ve got a confession to make. I’ve been a patient in a psychiatric ward of a hospital. That got your attention, didn’t it. Why is no one talking about post-graduate depression? You have probably sat next to me on the train, smiled at me as I stood behind ...

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Now that I’ve finished my course of therapy, I’m scared of what happens next

Is it supposed to feel this anticlimactic? I spent months waiting for therapy on the NHS, went for online therapy to speed up the process, then finally, finally managed to get my first appointment – which happened on a laptop, upstairs in a villa in Spain, while everyone drank and had fun downstairs, because I was told that if I ...

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What it’s like to go to A&E when you’re having a mental health crisis

A&E can often be the worst places to be during a mental health crisis (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk) When your mental or emotional well-being rapidly worsens, this is often called a ‘mental health crisis’. And if you find yourself in the situation, it may be important to get medical help quickly. There are some options provided by the NHS ...

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Black woman ‘could turn white’ after cancer drug lightens her skin

Paula Edwards said it’s made her feel like she’s ‘losing her identity’ (Picture: SWNS) A woman has said her cancer treatment is making her ‘lose her identity as a black woman’, because it’s slowly turning her skin white. Paula Edwards, 54, was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer in 2012, and was initially only given 12 to 18 months to live. ...

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Are you using turmeric all wrong? And is it any good for you anyway?

It’s seen as having many beneficial properties (Picture: Getty) Have you jumped on the turmeric latte train? Or maybe you call it golden milk, or even golden mylk (the ‘y’ being a virtue signal for a nut, seed or grain-based milk substitute).  This very Instagram-friendly drink, drunk in various forms for thousands of years on the Indian subcontinent, is on ...

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5 simple ways to support a friend with cancer

A friend in need is a friend indeed (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) The statistics speak for themselves – and it’s only becoming harder to ignore the headlines’ shouty predictions that almost half of us will develop cancer during our lifetimes. But despite this and the range of coverage and discussion dedicated to this umbrella of diseases, it’s not something ...

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