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Bipolar Mental health stigma

How to deal with the “So what do you do?” question when you’re not working

You don’t realise until you stop working how much small talk revolves around what you do. You’re at a party (yes you can have a mental illness and still go to parties, but that’s for another post) and you strike up a conversation with someone and the inevitable questions begin. They want to get to […]

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How much is too much: Alcohol and Bipolar

I love a good drink. Alcohol plays a major role in how I relax and how I socialise. Over the years, as my moods have changed, so has my relationship with alcohol and my consumption. When I lived alone, I was in a manic state nearly the entire time and I drank often in my […]

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Capturing Moods: A Bipolar Picture Diary

Recently, I have been clearing through all the photos on my phone. As I sorted through, I found a number of selfies and what shocked me was the difference in my appearance! Now when I say this I don’t mean changes of hairstyles, or weight loss or gain, but how each picture encapsulates my mood. […]

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Why Mental Health Awareness should be taught in Schools

I think it’s apt to say that my teenage years were complete and utter shite. My self esteem was severely low and I went from a bright, confident child to a throughly depressed teenager. I was diagnosed with depression when I was fourteen. I was what’s called a ‘school refuser.’ I enjoyed school; I wanted […]

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Missing Medication: Withdrawal and Side Effects

  It’s been around four months now that my psychiatrist has been telling my GP that I don’t need to see her every time I need a new prescription. It’s a situation that has been causing me a great deal of stress as it is nigh on impossible to see my doctor before I run […]

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Planning a wedding and staying well with Bipolar

Bipolar and excitement don’t always mix well. Bipolar and stress especially don’t mix well.  Add these together and you’re looking at a full blown manic or depressive episode, or both. Planning a wedding has to be on the top of the list for both of these, and I decided to put myself through this a […]

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My Experiences of Mental Health Crises Care

Earlier this month I completed a questionnaire for the Care Quality Commission, regarding mental health crisis care. A mental health crisis can include: suicidal behaviour panic attacks psychotic episodes Irrational behaviour that could lead to a person endangering themselves My experience with crisis care began when I was severely depressed. I had left a job […]

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