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Falling Through The Gap

I’ve lived with mental illness for more than half my life. Even so, it’s only been in the past few years where I’ve felt able to talk openly about bipolar, psychosis and bulimia. It’s everyones responsibility to help people like me find their voice. We shouldn’t have to feel brave for speaking up, we must […]

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The Problem With “I’m Fine!” When Really We’re Not

  We all do it. We say this even when we’re not ok. Someone casually asks, “Hey, how are you?” and we say, “I’m fine!” and that’s it. Why do we do this? To be polite. We don’t want to make the other person feel awkward or embarrassed. Sometimes it’s something people ask how you […]

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Writing Is My Therapy

Writing has always been an important part of my life. I remember filling notebook after notebook with reams of ideas and stories as a kid. Writing was my escape. As I got older I continued to write and it became a release from the depression that had suddenly manifested into my life. I even decided […]

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Where to Start Talking About Mental Health

  Starting the conversation about mental health can feel overwhelming; but it doesn’t have to be. Someone struggling may need the smallest gesture to pull them through. You have  the tools to save someone’s life, even if you don’t realise it. Here are a few things that you can do to help someone in your […]

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The Problem With The Term ‘Mental Health’

I’ve lost my connection to the term ‘Mental Health.’ It means different things to different people, and that’s a problem. I consider myself a mental health blogger, but I’m thinking of changing that. To be honest I’m a mental illness blogger. I’ll explain why. For some people, myself included, mental health refers to mental illness. It’s a term […]

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When Speaking About Mental Health, Language Matters

Why does language matter? What is the difference between describing someone as ‘Is Bipolar’ or ‘Has Bipolar’? Firstly, language is a powerful tool of expression. We tell stories with language and these stories conjure up images and ideas in the listener. We can impact the way people think or perceive the world around them with […]

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I Gave Up Alcohol For My Mental Health

My last psychiatry appointment was a tough one – I was told with certainty that I should, no, needed to give up alcohol. My response was a hopeful one, surely half a bottle of wine on a Saturday night was alright? The answer was a definitive no, even that amount of alcohol was far too much. We […]

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How I Learnt to Deal With Nighttime Panic Attacks

I wake up with an intense nausea that floods my system. Running to the bathroom I’m convinced I’m going to be sick, but I’m not. Then comes the pain. It stabs at my chest and upper back to the point I can hardly breathe. I went to bed feeling relaxed and contented, but now I’m […]

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We Need to Stop Apologising for Being Ill

  This is something I find myself doing often. I have lived with mental illness for over a decade and I still find myself uttering that one word; sorry. Sorry I let you down. Sorry I couldn’t make it. Sorry for being ill. An example of this is my partner and I recently went on holiday. […]

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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 […]

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