Category: mania

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A Story of Self Sabotage

  I am an expert at self sabotage. Over the years I have inflicted these self destructive tendencies on to myself. One example was when I was at college, studying childcare. The first year went smoothly and I was achieving A grades on every assignment. In the second year however, I changed. My moods became […]

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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, […]

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Bipolar Mania and Money – A Path to Debt

Money is a bizarre concept. We all want more of it and often our relationship with it can turn into an obsessive, fear-inducing nightmare. A certain amount of vigilance regarding our money and spending habits is healthy, but what happens when that self control dissipates for months on end? I should point out that I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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