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 [...]

When You’re High Functioning With Mental Illness…

Being publicly high functioning despite a severe mental illness means people getting annoyed with you when you don't deliver on promises or can't give them emotional support. They don't realise all your effort is already exhausted maintaining that high functioning persona. Commitments pile up on you and you can slowly start to unravel if you're [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Life Lived Vividly Series – Psychotic Doesn’t Equal Dangerous

Evil Nasty Freak Bitch Jealous Dangerous These are all words that people relate to psychosis. We all need to stop using it as a derogatory term. So often I hear people described as psychotic when they're being cruel, or acting unpredictably. Recently I saw someone on twitter describing an ex as a 'psychotic nazi.' Politicians, especially [...]