‘Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift’. Mary Oliver It was the existentialist philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard. who once famously said ‘Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards’. And so it is with Bipolar Disorder; … More Perspective Is Everything
I often have people ask me what it’s like to live with Bipolar Disorder; It’s hard to explain the feelings that accompany a catastrophic low or the euphoria that signals hypomania. In my opinion, the most realistic summary is written by Psychiatry Professor, Kay Redfield-Jamison, in her book ‘An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and … More Bipolar Disorder: Explaining The Reality
I haven’t updated this blog/website for some time now. The last couple of years, particularly the last 12 months, have been very hard, with extended periods of time spent in hospital. In all honesty, I felt like I would never emerge from the horrendous depression that consumed me. However, with excellent treatment. perseverance and help … More Return To Blogging
Here are my thoughts on practical approaches to tackling mental health stigma:
Logotherapy & Existential Analysis is a meaning-centred form of Psychotherapy that can help those with significant life challenges to reorientate their life in a purposeful direction. Founded by Psychiatrist and Holocaust Survivor, Logotherapy is an internationally recognised therapy that helps individuals to take a positive attitudinal or creative stance to unalterable situations, such as a … More Logotherapy & Bipolar Disorder
Yes, a diagnosis of bipolar disorder may place some limitations on the kind of employment you can take, social activities you can get fully involved in, and many other aspects of day-to-day life. But there are so many opportunities that present themselves too; think of those when you struggle to stay positive. And here’s a … More Accepting Who You Are: The Challenge of Bipolar Disorder
The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK has just produced this excellent short educational animation on bipolar disorder; share it with your friends and family, or anyone else, to help them understand the condition! Have a look at their website too: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders.aspx. It contains up-to-date and easily accessible/readable information on bipolar disorder and other conditions.
World Bipolar Day (WBD) – an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorder (ISBD)- will be celebrated this year (and each year) on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. The vision … More Coming Soon: World Bipolar Day!