Reflecting Hypomania 2

Yesterday I posted a painting of an Angelfish, the purpose of which was to reflect something of what hypomania feels like.  At first glance, the painting looked very straightforward, but beneath the surface was a deeper, more nuanced meaning. Today I’m posting the second in the series – this time the ‘object’ is a Macaw. … More Reflecting Hypomania 2

Reflecting Hypomania

I produced the painting below of an Angelfish a few weeks ago to reflect something of what hypomania feels like.  At first glance, the painting looks very straightforward.  A second glance though reveals that the colouring is not quite as it should be – the vivid yellow on the body of the fish should in … More Reflecting Hypomania

Transformed by Pain

The mystic Khalil Gibran’s majestic prose poetry ‘The Prophet’ is perhaps his best known work.  The section dealing with pain is worth reflecting on; his words are a great reminder that pain, whether it be physical, emotional or psychological, offers a unique encounter with the divine. The experience of pain can take us to a … More Transformed by Pain

Kay Redfield Jamison: The Stigma of ‘Coming Out’

In this short, but excellent interview, Johns Hopkins Clinical Psychologist Prof. Kay Redfield Jamison talks candidly about the difficulties which accompany ‘coming out’ and making one’s bipolar disorder status public.  Prof. Jamison knows from personal experience exactly how risky this strategy is, particularly in circumstances (or occupations) where stigma is still rife. My own personal … More Kay Redfield Jamison: The Stigma of ‘Coming Out’