Impatience And Bipolar

Impatience, real impatience: Jumping up and down Stamping my feet shouting, "I need to know NOW" There's something about having bipolar that makes me impatient. When I'm depressed or manic, I need things to happen right now. For instance, at the moment, I'm waiting for three significant pieces of news. I'm beyond over waiting to hear [...]

Those of us with severe mental illness are here and should be visible in the mental health conversation

Self care, wellbeing, mindfulness, depression, anxiety. All words the general public are accustomed to hearing. They are part of the mental health conversation and have become integral to increasing understanding of mental illness.  What about psychosis, schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD BPD? These are terms that still make people feel uncomfortable and on edge. People still believe that [...]

Guest Post: How I Became an Alcoholic at 14 – by Charlotte Underwood

In this guest blog, Charlotte describes her experiences of alcoholism as a young person and how there is hope and a way to overcome. When you think about an alcoholic, many may think of an adult who is either out partying every night or drinking home alone after work and passing out on the sofa. [...]

Childhood Grief

I met Vicky when we were in Reception class, at just four years old. I remember walking up to her and saying innocently, "Do you want to be my friend?" We became inseparable. We did everything together in and out of school. I was the tomboy who hated wearing dresses and pulled ugly faces in [...]

Am I a burden?

  Every time I go through a difficult period of depression this question plagues my mind; am I a burden? Many of us who live with mental illness struggle with feelings of guilt. It seems to be intrinsically linked to how we perceive ourselves and it stalks our daily lives. Often I feel like I [...]