The Victorian-era poet William Ernest Henley. was no stranger to adversity and struggle. His father died when he was a teenager and struggled with his own serious health issues. At age 12 Henley was received a diagnosis of tubercular arthritis which resulted in partial amputation of one of his legs. Henley made his own stand … More Endurance & Resilience: The Gift of Poetry
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
I’m a great fan of bibliotherapy, defined in the ‘Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science’ as: ‘The use of books selected on the basis of content in a planned reading program designed to facilitate the recovery of patients suffering from mental illness or emotional disturbance. Ideally, the process occurs in three phases: personal identification of … More Shakespeare & Psychotherapy
According to the ‘Letters of Note’ website (www.lettersofnote.com), on this day in 1883 the novelist Henry James wrote a wonderfully sensitive, compassionate letter of advice to a depressed friend. The sentiments contained therein are as pertinent today as they were when first penned………. 131 Mount Vernon St., Boston July 28th My dear Grace, Before the … More Words of Comfort: A Powerful Insight Into The Written Word
‘After being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, Nicky Mortlock turned to art to help with her recovery – and has completely turned her life around. She talks about the highs, the lows and why she is determined to help others channel their creative side too’. So writes Lydia Fallon in an excellent article published in the … More Engaging Your Creative Side As Therapy & Recovery
‘Mindfulness is either on the cusp of something great, or risks becoming the latest self-help fad to perish from oversimplification. It has, without a doubt, improved my functioning with bipolar disorder‘. So says mindfulness practitioner and teacher George Hoffman in an article published on PsychCentral. Mindfulness comes in many shapes and sizes depending on the form taken. … More Practising Mindfulness: Keep It Simple!