Tag: Mental health

Bipolar Mental health

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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Stigma on the internet: Psychosis is not a fashion statement.

  I enjoy trawling through pinterest. It’s usually a safe place for me, where I go to look for tattoo ideas, new fashions and recipes. However, this week it turned me into an angry ball of rage and indignation. I came across the above image, an outfit labelled as psychotic. I couldn’t believe what I […]

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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 […]

Bipolar Mental health

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 […]

Bipolar Mental health

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 […]

Bipolar Mental health

My Journey so Far, Living with Bipolar Disorder

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder in December 2012. I believe that I had been ill for ten years previously with this illness. As a teenager, I was very sullen, and my parents’ believed I was just being a teenager; quiet, unapproachable and moody. However these everyday moods of a teenager slowly manifested into […]

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How my cat plays a vital role in my mental well being

In 2012, I was very poorly. My depression had evolved into a sneering, unrelenting monster, ready to tear me to shreds. I was done. I didn’t want to live anymore. I was spending most days alone, with nothing to focus my mind. My partner was at work during the day and could occasionally work from […]

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