Month: June 2017

Bipolar depression mania Mental health

My Cyclical Life before Diagnosis with Bipolar

As an adult before my diagnosis, my life was cyclical, but I never understood why. My entire life was ruled by my moods, as they jutted and churned, spiking incredibly high and terrifyingly low. Every two to three months, I became horribly ill and then I would have to take time off work. Before the […]

Bipolar depression mania Mental health stigma

I am not Defined by Mental Illness

Mental illness plays a major part in my life. I talk about it often. I do this because I’m desperate to raise awareness and for funding to be increased for mental health services. Both of these issues drag behind those for physical health. It’s unfair and discriminatory, so I feel it’s my duty to speak […]

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Am I ‘faking it?’ Thoughts on having an invisible illness

  I look perfectly well. I can get out of bed. I shower, I wear clean clothes. I apply make up. I smile and chat and laugh. But I’m not ok, I’m far from it. This picture was taken when I was severely depressed in March of this year. My medication had been lowered and […]

Bipolar depression mania Mental health stigma

Conversations and Experiences of Stigma Against Mental Illness

I’ve had many conversations about mental illness and Bipolar. I am very open and honest about my illness, and have refused to hide it. I want to show people that even though I have a mental illness, it does not make me weak. On the contrary, I believe to be able to keep fighting this […]

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Mental Health Representation in Popular Culture

Does geek culture and media challenge the stigma of mental illness? Or does it perpetuate the myths prevalent throughout society? Many characters in the media are their mental illness. In many ways it defines them and moulds their personality and motivations. Many real sufferers struggle against this. I for one, never say ‘I am Bipolar.’ but instead, ‘I have Bipolar.’ People […]

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Charged for being ill; Long term mental illness and paying for prescriptions

  I have Bipolar, a life long mental illness. I take medication to help me have some form of stability. Without it, I can become manic and a danger to myself, or severely depressed and suicidal. I need medication to function, to get up in the morning, to survive. Yet, I have to pay for […]

Bipolar depression mania Mental health

How the label of Bipolar changed my life – for the better 

At 10am, 13th December 2012 was a life changing moment; I was diagnosed with Bipolar. My initial response was of anger, an anger that it had taken until I was twenty seven and fifteen years of pain and suffering to finally have a diagnosis. So many years of my life felt wasted, as I had […]

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