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Writing Is My Therapy

Writing has always been an important part of my life. I remember filling notebook after notebook with reams of ideas and stories as a kid. Writing was my escape. As I got older I continued to write and it became a release from the depression that had suddenly manifested into my life. I even decided […]

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What It’s Like To Have A Mixed Episode Of Bipolar

A couple of weeks ago I had what’s called a mixed episode of bipolar disorder. What this means is that I was experiencing mania (the highs) and depression in very short succession, to the point that I felt both at the same time. In this post I wanted to write an account of what it […]

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The Problem With The Term ‘Mental Health’

I’ve lost my connection to the term ‘Mental Health.’ It means different things to different people, and that’s a problem. I consider myself a mental health blogger, but I’m thinking of changing that. To be honest I’m a mental illness blogger. I’ll explain why. For some people, myself included, mental health refers to mental illness. It’s a term […]

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A Life Lived Vividly Series – The Voices Are My Friends; Mania And Psychosis

  Not everyone realizes that some sufferers of Bipolar Disorder also have psychotic symptoms. These could include delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations. For me, I hear voices. This happens during periods of extreme moods, so when I’m manic or severely depressed.  During mania, the voices can be comforting. I have many ideas racing through my […]

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My Hearing Voices Journal Entry 2

Yesterday I had a an episode of psychosis. It came in the form of auditory hallucinations, as it does with me. I’ve journaled my experiences before in the post My Hearing Voices Journal and felt as I sat in bed last night trying to sleep, but too anxious to do so, it was time to journal my […]

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Stress and Mental Illness: Are They One And The Same?

In my previous post I discussed Is Stress A Trigger For Mental Illness? In this post I’m hoping to highlight how stress and severe mental illness are not one and the same. We all go through periods of stress, where we feel run down, overwhelmed and generally feel like we need a reset button for life. It […]

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Talking About Mental Health Is Vital, But It’s Not Enough

I often find myself saying, “Talking about mental health is so important.” and “Just be open and honest and you’ll feel so much better!” I have done so many times on this blog. But in my heart, I know it’s not enough. So many of us are being let down again and again. Services are […]

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Is Stress A Trigger For Mental Illness?

For me, the answer is yes. However, it’s not the cause of my mental illness but a trigger for an episode of bipolar mania or depression. It’s usually coupled with other triggers such as; a lack of sleep, drinking alcohol, or not taking medication. I’ve been through many occasions where stress has had an impact […]

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How to Approach Your Doctor If You Think You May Have Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder takes a notoriously long time to diagnose, on average ten years in fact. Add to this that people with bipolar disorder are misdiagnosed three times on average, it can feel to many like a hard slog to finally receive a diagnosis. This happened to me, where it took twelve years to be diagnosed […]

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When Speaking About Mental Health, Language Matters

Why does language matter? What is the difference between describing someone as ‘Is Bipolar’ or ‘Has Bipolar’? Firstly, language is a powerful tool of expression. We tell stories with language and these stories conjure up images and ideas in the listener. We can impact the way people think or perceive the world around them with […]

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