The Difference Between Being ‘A Bit Sad’ And Depression

  "I'm a bit sad" "Fed up" "In a mood" "Can't be bothered" "Feeling sorry for myself" These statements often lead to someone exclaiming, "I'm so depressed!" There's a massive difference between feeling fed up and being clinically depressed. It's damaging to say you're depressed, whether jokingly or through a lack of understanding. For most [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Relationships and Bipolar

  Relationships are difficult for everyone, but they can be even tougher when you have a mental illness.¬†Each relationship I had before my diagnosis of bipolar suffered as partners found it difficult to be around me; they never knew which Katie they were going to be greeted with. I didn't have a serious relationship until [...]