Mania is…

  Running into the garden armed with a super soaker and naked, shouting 'you little fucker' at a cat Screaming 'fuck you, you twat' at the top of my lungs at a bar manager. Refusing money to pay the heating bill when living in freezing temperatures. Laughing uncontrollably and jumping on the bed for no [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]