Why I shouldn’t be labelled as brave for speaking about my mental illness

Since my diagnosis of Bipolar in 2012, I've been open about it. Family and friends knew what I was struggling with from the very beginning. I'm glad I took this approach, it's meant the people that are supportive and open minded have stayed in my life, and we have grown closer. People that couldn't handle [...]

Anger and Bipolar

I have always had a temper. Except for the people closest to me, it's a side of me that I rarely show. One of the major problems I have when managing a manic episode is controlling my anger. I usually come across as calm and friendly; a level headed type with a gentle nature. When [...]

Mania is…

  Running into the garden armed with a super soaker and naked, shouting 'you little fucker' at a cat Screaming 'fuck you, you twat' at the top of my lungs at a bar manager. Refusing money to pay the heating bill when living in freezing temperatures. Laughing uncontrollably and jumping on the bed for no [...]

Planning a wedding and staying well with Bipolar

Bipolar and excitement don't always mix well. Bipolar and stress especially don't mix well.  Add these together and you're looking at a full blown manic or depressive episode, or both. Planning a wedding has to be on the top of the list for both of these, and I decided to put myself through this a [...]

My Experiences of Mental Health Crises Care

Earlier this month I completed a questionnaire for the Care Quality Commission, regarding mental health crisis care. A mental health crisis can include: suicidal behaviour panic attacks psychotic episodes Irrational behaviour that could lead to a person endangering themselves My experience with crisis care began when I was severely depressed. I had left a job [...]