Tag: Psychosis

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Stress and Mental Illness: Are They One And The Same?

In my previous post I discussed Is Stress A Trigger For Mental Illness? In this post I’m hoping to highlight how stress and severe mental illness are not one and the same. We all go through periods of stress, where we feel run down, overwhelmed and generally feel like we need a reset button for life. It […]

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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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The Journey To A Bipolar Diagnosis

  Today is world bipolar day, a day to raise awareness of this complex and long term mental health condition. Here’s a few facts about bipolar disorder; More than 1 million people in the UK have bipolar. It can take on average 10.5 years to receive a correct diagnosis. People with bipolar are misdiagnosed on […]

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My Hearing Voices Journal

Last week I had an episode of psychosis, where I suffered from auditory hallucinations, or hearing sounds and voices. To help me through it, I journalled the experience in a notebook. Some parts are written during the episode, and some are written directly afterwards. It helped me make sense of what I was hearing and […]

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Still More To Do To Tackle Mental Health Stigma

For mental illness sufferers, an underfunded NHS, discrimination against benefit claimants and a negative tone from the media is still creating a society that misunderstand and stigmatise. A lack of funding for mental health and parity of esteem in the NHS reinforces the view that mental illnesses aren’t as important or as serious as physical […]

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Taking Medication For Your Mental Illness Doesn’t Equal Weakness

Every evening at 10pm, my husband’s phone starts to beep. It’s a daily alarm to remind me to take my medication. I go to the kitchen drawer where the tablets are kept, and rustling around (because it’s our lets shove everything we don’t know where to keep in this drawer, drawer) I’ll find them. I’ll […]

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How to Help Someone When They’re Hearing Voices

I have bipolar disorder and along with this psychosis. This means I hear voices that aren’t really there. Sometimes the voices are comforting, and urge me on to try new things and motivate me. At other times they can be malicious and terrifying, criticising me and goading me to hurt myself.  I talk about my […]

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I’ll Keep Talking About Psychosis Whether It’s Relatable Or Not

I suffer from psychosis. I have auditory hallucinations, so I hear voices, either when I’m manic or depressed. It took me a long time, over a decade in fact, to face up to this reality. I was in denial that I heard voices, and convinced myself it was something everyone experienced. Now, I’m open about […]

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Mental Illness is More Than Depression and Anxiety

For many people, as soon as the term ‘mental health’ is brought up, what comes to mind is depression and anxiety. In no way in this post am I trying to say that depression and anxiety aren’t important, they can be crippling and severe. The problem here is that so much emphasis is put on […]

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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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