Category: Mental health

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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