Those of us with severe mental illness are here and should be visible in the mental health conversation

Self care, wellbeing, mindfulness, depression, anxiety. All words the general public are accustomed to hearing. They are part of the mental health conversation and have become integral to increasing understanding of mental illness.  What about psychosis, schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD BPD? These are terms that still make people feel uncomfortable and on edge. People still believe that [...]

A Life Lived Vividly Series: ‘I Thought The Voices Were Normal’ Realising I Had Psychosis

I suffer from bipolar disorder, well known for it's symptoms of mania and depression. What many people don't realise is that some sufferers also experience psychosis. These could include delusions, auditory, visual and tactile hallucinations. For me, I hear voices. This happens during periods of extreme moods, so when I'm manic or severely depressed. I [...]

A Life Lived Vividly Series – Psychotic Doesn’t Equal Dangerous

Evil Nasty Freak Bitch Jealous Dangerous These are all words that people relate to psychosis. We all need to stop using it as a derogatory term. So often I hear people described as psychotic when they're being cruel, or acting unpredictably. Recently I saw someone on twitter describing an ex as a 'psychotic nazi.' Politicians, especially [...]

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 [...]

A Life Lived Vividly Series – The Voices Are My Friends; Mania And Psychosis

  Not everyone realizes that some sufferers of Bipolar Disorder also have psychotic symptoms. These could include delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations. For me, I hear voices. This happens during periods of extreme moods, so when I’m manic or severely depressed.  During mania, the voices can be comforting. I have many ideas racing through my [...]