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Unexpected Stigma

I have been very lucky with the care I’ve received from medical professionals in the past few years since my diagnosis of bipolar and psychosis. The two psychiatrists who’ve been charged with my care have been understanding and respectful. All good news. That is, until this week. I have a new psychiatrist. My first appointment […]

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Is Mental Illness Your BFF?

Mental illness can overwhelm us at times. It can dictate our decisions, affect our relationships and stop us from doing the things we enjoy. Sometimes mental illness becomes more than just an illness, it becomes our life. Or to put it another way, our best friend. It’s an obsession we don’t want. An obsession with […]

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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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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 […]

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Mental Illness has Made Me a Stronger Person

It’s a bold statement and not everyone will agree with it but for me, it’s true. I wouldn’t have dealt with as much adversity if I didn’t have bipolar disorder. I wouldn’t have had to fight my way through difficult times. Still being here after so many years of struggling, is my biggest achievement. One […]

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What It’s Like To Have A Mixed Episode Of Bipolar

A couple of weeks ago I had what’s called a mixed episode of bipolar disorder. What this means is that I was experiencing mania (the highs) and depression in very short succession, to the point that I felt both at the same time. In this post I wanted to write an account of what it […]

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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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Don’t let the Worry of Being Ill Ruin A Holiday

Living with mental illness is tricky. It’s a sneaky bastard that creeps up on you when you least expect it. Often when we relax, mental illness barges its way into our lives and tries to take over. A prime example of this is when we go on holiday. We can’t always be 100% sure we […]

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My Hearing Voices Journal Entry 2

Yesterday I had a an episode of psychosis. It came in the form of auditory hallucinations, as it does with me. I’ve journaled my experiences before in the post My Hearing Voices Journal and felt as I sat in bed last night trying to sleep, but too anxious to do so, it was time to journal my […]

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