"Suddenly, I’m overwhelmed by a pounding headache, a sense of dizziness… I feel like monsters are rushing at my from off the walls, creatures I can’t really see but it feels like a video game where you can’t shoot fast enough. I close my eyes and lower my head. The sensation lasts a minute and then passes. I don’t know what to make of it, and do not mention it to anyone.
Years later, I came to realise that this was my first panic attack."
To mark launch day for Dogs, I've a guest blog post on Nessa O'Mahony's website, writing about poetry and mental health. Many thanks for Nessa for hosting the piece.