A Family Perspective of Caring for Someone with Bipolar Disorder Part 1

I wanted to add something a bit different to the blog today.  I'm very close with my family and wanted to show their perspectives of my struggles living with Bipolar. My Husband's Perspective: "I had been in the hills of Scotland on a mate's stag do, and I'd had no signal since we had left [...]

My Triggers for a Bipolar Episode and How I Manage Them

Bipolar can be triggered in a number of ways and it can be different for each person. It has taken me years to correlate certain situations and experiences with the onset of a Bipolar episode, depressive or manic. Here are the triggers I've identified that effect me; Stress - I don't deal with stress very [...]

Self Honesty

Honesty. A subject I harp on about often. I like to think I am an honest, upfront individual and that this is reciprocated by the people around me. Mutual respect - if I'm honest and open with you, then I should expect the same in return. However, there is something that evades me - self [...]

A letter about Depression: Shutting down and Disappearing

To my family and friends: I'm sorry I disappear. Sometimes I disappear physically; not bothering to keep in touch and sometimes emotionally; I shut down to cope with being unwell. I do this to an extent to protect myself. I don't want to be judged or rejected for who I am. Unpredictable tendencies have shrouded [...]

A Response to BBC Panorama – A Prescription For Murder

The reporting of anti depressants was shameful in this programme. This show was only about scaremongering and hysteria surrounding medication and mental illness. It's harmful towards people with mental health problems. The programme will increase the stigma of mental illness and taking medications, which is already a problem for so many sufferers. The damage caused [...]

Surviving a Festival whilst Living with a Mental Health Problem

I love music festivals. To me, a good festival is other worldly, where you can get lost in the music and the atmosphere. With a mental health condition though, the very idea of attending can feel overwhelming, and a daunting task. I've put together a survival list that should not only allow you to cope, [...]

My mental illness Q & A

1. What is your mental health issue? I suffer from Bipolar Affective disorder. It first manifested as depression, but I was later diagnosed with Bipolar. As part of Bipolar, I also have psychosis, where I have times when I experience auditory hallucinations. I also suffer with panic attacks and bulimia. 2. Do you have medication and/or [...]

101 Things No one Tells You About Severe Depression

  Depression is not glamorous. Depression is not fashionable. Depression and suicide should never be romanticised. Depression can be inflicted upon you when you're at your most happiest and content. Depression is chaotic. Depression is full of frustration. Depression is confusing and bewildering. Depression is complicated and different for everyone. Depression is illogical. Depression is [...]