Tag: depression

Bipolar Psychosis

A Life Lived Vividly Series: ‘I Thought The Voices Were Normal’ Realising I Had Psychosis

I suffer from bipolar disorder, well known for it’s symptoms of mania and depression. What many people don’t realise is that some sufferers also experience psychosis. These could include delusions, auditory, visual and tactile hallucinations. For me, I hear voices. This happens during periods of extreme moods, so when I’m manic or severely depressed. I […]

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What Does ‘Recovery’ Mean?

The word recovery means very different things to different people. The word is problematic and can ultimately be damaging. When people talk about recovery it marginalises those that can’t. Some people use the word to describe the process and not an actual milestone. Some see it as having a positive outlook, that they see as […]

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The Problem With “I’m Fine!” When Really We’re Not

  We all do it. We say this even when we’re not ok. Someone casually asks, “Hey, how are you?” and we say, “I’m fine!” and that’s it. Why do we do this? To be polite. We don’t want to make the other person feel awkward or embarrassed. Sometimes it’s something people ask how you […]

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Mind Media Awards 2018 – Shortlisted, ME?!

Last night I was checking my emails and a message popped up. It said ‘Mind Media Award Shortlist’ I was fully expecting a resounding, “Thank you, but unfortunately..” response, which is pretty much the story of my life. Then I clicked in and it said, “Congratulations!” I screamed out loud. Jumped up and down in […]

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Writing Is My Therapy

Writing has always been an important part of my life. I remember filling notebook after notebook with reams of ideas and stories as a kid. Writing was my escape. As I got older I continued to write and it became a release from the depression that had suddenly manifested into my life. I even decided […]

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The Difference Between Being ‘A Bit Sad’ And Depression

  “I’m a bit sad” “Fed up” “In a mood” “Can’t be bothered” “Feeling sorry for myself” These statements often lead to someone exclaiming, “I’m so depressed!” There’s a massive difference between feeling fed up and being clinically depressed. It’s damaging to say you’re depressed, whether jokingly or through a lack of understanding. For most […]

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Mental Illness has Made Me a Stronger Person

It’s a bold statement and not everyone will agree with it but for me, it’s true. I wouldn’t have dealt with as much adversity if I didn’t have bipolar disorder. I wouldn’t have had to fight my way through difficult times. Still being here after so many years of struggling, is my biggest achievement. One […]

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Where to Start Talking About Mental Health

  Starting the conversation about mental health can feel overwhelming; but it doesn’t have to be. Someone struggling may need the smallest gesture to pull them through. You have ┬áthe tools to save someone’s life, even if you don’t realise it. Here are a few things that you can do to help someone in your […]

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What It’s Like To Have A Mixed Episode Of Bipolar

A couple of weeks ago I had what’s called a mixed episode of bipolar disorder. What this means is that I was experiencing mania (the highs) and depression in very short succession, to the point that I felt both at the same time. In this post I wanted to write an account of what it […]

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The Problem With The Term ‘Mental Health’

I’ve lost my connection to the term ‘Mental Health.’ It means different things to different people, and that’s a problem. I consider myself a mental health blogger, but I’m thinking of changing that. To be honest I’m a mental illness blogger. I’ll explain why. For some people, myself included, mental health refers to mental illness. It’s a term […]

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