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A Life Lived Vividly Series – The Voices Are My Friends; Mania And Psychosis

  Not everyone realizes that some sufferers of Bipolar Disorder also have psychotic symptoms. These could include delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations. For me, I hear voices. This happens during periods of extreme moods, so when I’m manic or severely depressed.  During mania, the voices can be comforting. I have many ideas racing through my […]

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Don’t let the Worry of Being Ill Ruin A Holiday

Living with mental illness is tricky. It’s a sneaky bastard that creeps up on you when you least expect it. Often when we relax, mental illness barges its way into our lives and tries to take over. A prime example of this is when we go on holiday. We can’t always be 100% sure we […]

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Stress and Mental Illness: Are They One And The Same?

In my previous post I discussed Is Stress A Trigger For Mental Illness? In this post I’m hoping to highlight how stress and severe mental illness are not one and the same. We all go through periods of stress, where we feel run down, overwhelmed and generally feel like we need a reset button for life. It […]

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Talking About Mental Health Is Vital, But It’s Not Enough

I often find myself saying, “Talking about mental health is so important.” and “Just be open and honest and you’ll feel so much better!” I have done so many times on this blog. But in my heart, I know it’s not enough. So many of us are being let down again and again. Services are […]

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Is Stress A Trigger For Mental Illness?

For me, the answer is yes. However, it’s not the cause of my mental illness but a trigger for an episode of bipolar mania or depression. It’s usually coupled with other triggers such as; a lack of sleep, drinking alcohol, or not taking medication. I’ve been through many occasions where stress has had an impact […]

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How to Approach Your Doctor If You Think You May Have Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder takes a notoriously long time to diagnose, on average ten years in fact. Add to this that people with bipolar disorder are misdiagnosed three times on average, it can feel to many like a hard slog to finally receive a diagnosis. This happened to me, where it took twelve years to be diagnosed […]

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When Speaking About Mental Health, Language Matters

Why does language matter? What is the difference between describing someone as ‘Is Bipolar’ or ‘Has Bipolar’? Firstly, language is a powerful tool of expression. We tell stories with language and these stories conjure up images and ideas in the listener. We can impact the way people think or perceive the world around them with […]

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I Gave Up Alcohol For My Mental Health

My last psychiatry appointment was a tough one – I was told with certainty that I should, no, needed to give up alcohol. My response was a hopeful one, surely half a bottle of wine on a Saturday night was alright? The answer was a definitive no, even that amount of alcohol was far too much. We […]

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The Journey To A Bipolar Diagnosis

  Today is world bipolar day, a day to raise awareness of this complex and long term mental health condition. Here’s a few facts about bipolar disorder; More than 1 million people in the UK have bipolar. It can take on average 10.5 years to receive a correct diagnosis. People with bipolar are misdiagnosed on […]

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The Mania Hangover

The Best Feeling Ever! When I’m in the grips of mania, I love Bipolar. The euphoria I feel is like no other drug. The feeling is addictive and I never want it to end. The mania is unbelievably epic, like I’m living in a blockbuster movie and I’m the star. The whole universe revolves around […]

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