A Family Perspective of Caring for Someone with Bipolar Disorder Part 1

I wanted to add something a bit different to the blog today.  I'm very close with my family and wanted to show their perspectives of my struggles living with Bipolar. My Husband's Perspective: "I had been in the hills of Scotland on a mate's stag do, and I'd had no signal since we had left [...]

My Triggers for a Bipolar Episode and How I Manage Them

Bipolar can be triggered in a number of ways and it can be different for each person. It has taken me years to correlate certain situations and experiences with the onset of a Bipolar episode, depressive or manic. Here are the triggers I've identified that effect me; Stress - I don't deal with stress very [...]

Self Honesty

Honesty. A subject I harp on about often. I like to think I am an honest, upfront individual and that this is reciprocated by the people around me. Mutual respect - if I'm honest and open with you, then I should expect the same in return. However, there is something that evades me - self [...]

Surviving a Festival whilst Living with a Mental Health Problem

I love music festivals. To me, a good festival is other worldly, where you can get lost in the music and the atmosphere. With a mental health condition though, the very idea of attending can feel overwhelming, and a daunting task. I've put together a survival list that should not only allow you to cope, [...]

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 [...]