We're all doomed!
Now you probably think, by now, that you've got the measure of Ouch's weblog. We're just here to find the most far-fetched news stories concerning disability, and then do nothing but point and laugh. Well, that's not true. We are the BBC, after all, and therefore we exist for good, sound public service reasons: like warning anybody with mental health problems - particularly paranoia and bipolar disorder, but slso if you're on mood stabilising drugs of any sort - that today might be a day when it's best to avoid looking at the newspaper front pages. Any of them, in fact. Just don't.
Frankly, it's "WE'RE ALL DOOMED! DOOMED, I SAY!" territory across the tabloids and broadsheets, driven by the fact that the Doomsday Clock, which for 60 years has shown how close the world is to nuclear disaster - yes, you read right, that's nuclear disaster! - will today have its hands moved forward to show that we are facing the gravest threat of Armageddon - that's Armageddon, folks! - in 20 years, thanks to factors such as international terrorism, continuing instability in the Middle East, and more nations seeking to equip themselves with nuclear deterrents. Cheerful stuff, innit?
So a selection of Wednesday's headlines include:
The Doomsday Clock: Nuclear threat to world 'rising'
Doomsday clock ticks closer to apocalypse
Scientists bring forward nuclear holocaust
Doom looms for nuclear clock
But even this isn't enough for some newspapers, and they have to bring the doom and gloom element into play for other stories. So when the Daily Mail recently reported on a new gene test to predict a person's risk of getting cancer, heart disease or Alzheimer's, they titled it Are you brave enough for the doomsday test?, whilst ClickPress began the year with UFO cult predicts end of the world in July 2007. There was even Six-legged cow probably heralds apocalypse.
There is a serious underlying point to this humorous look round the newspaper front pages, though. Headlines like these probably scare a fair few of us, but what is their effect on people with certain specific mental health problems? Have you had personal experience of this? As ever, let us know in the comments.