Living With Psychosis – How Your Language Can Hurt

If you throw around the words 'psychotic' or 'delusional' to describe someone you disagree with, or roll it out when you've been hurt or upset - then you can't call yourself a mental health advocate, or say that you care about mental health. There, I've said it. People have said to me, "But surely delusional [...]

No, that person you disagree with isn’t delusional

No, that person you disagree with isn’t delusional

As someone that experiences actual delusional thinking, it's difficult to hear people using the word to describe someone they disagree with. By using this term all you're doing is insinuating our symptoms are synonymous with badness.  I live with Bipolar disorder, with psychotic symptoms. When I have an episode of bipolar mania, I might become delusional. [...]

Ideas To Help Someone With Psychosis

Ideas To Help Someone With Psychosis

I've listed on the blog before about what not to say to someone with psychosis, and although that's important, I realised I didn't go into much detail about what helps. As I've mentioned before, psychosis covers experiences from hearing, seeing, or feeling things that aren't really there, and delusions. Delusional thinking causes us to believe [...]

I’m Writing A Book!

I’m Writing A Book!

  Yep, the secret is out! I've been offered a publishing contract with Jessica Kingsley Publishers to write a book about bipolar disorder. The book is going to be a practical guide to bipolar disorder. I'll offer tips and advice on how to navigate daily life and how to manage symptoms. All of this will [...]

The ‘Mental Health Conversation’ Is Not Boring – And Still Relevant

The ‘Mental Health Conversation’ Is Not Boring – And Still Relevant

I've seen a shift recently in how people view advocacy and raising awareness around mental health and mental illness. To some it's now 'boring' or no longer necessary or needed. I think they're wrong. It should be obvious to anyone in the UK that mental health services are underfunded. Waiting times are atrociously long and [...]

What Not To Say To Someone With Psychosis

What Not To Say To Someone With Psychosis

Psychosis happens amongst people with the mental illnesses schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, post partum psychosis, and sometimes those with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and severe depression. Psychosis is experienced in two different ways; hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are when a person hears, sees, smells, tastes or feels something that isn’t really there. It’s a sensory [...]

101 Things No-one Tells You About Mania

101 Things No-one Tells You About Mania

It is more than just being happy Mania makes me feel euphoricMania makes me feel constantly 'on' and readyMania makes me feel a constant sense of anticipationSufferers all have slightly different periods of hypomania and mania. An episode could last daysAn episode could last weeksA hypomanic or manic episode could last monthsMania is not always [...]