Unexpected Stigma

I have been very lucky with the care I've received from medical professionals in the past few years since my diagnosis of bipolar and psychosis. The two psychiatrists who've been charged with my care have been understanding and respectful. All good news. That is, until this week. I have a new psychiatrist. My first appointment [...]

My mental illness Q & A

1. What is your mental health issue? I suffer from Bipolar Affective disorder. It first manifested as depression, but I was later diagnosed with Bipolar. As part of Bipolar, I also have psychosis, where I have times when I experience auditory hallucinations. I also suffer with panic attacks and bulimia. 2. Do you have medication and/or [...]

101 Things Nobody Tells you about Bipolar

It is more than just happy or sad Bipolar is a complex long term condition Sufferers all have slightly different periods of depression, hypomania, mania and stability Depression will be severe and unrelenting A depressive episode could last months A hypomanic or manic episode could last months Mania is not always fun Mania makes you [...]