‘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’ve recently watched this fascinating documentary called ‘Take These Broken Wings’ based on the experience of two women diagnosed early in life with Schizophrenia. Why is it fascinating? Well, firstly, those women went on to make a full recovery thanks to intensive and long-term psychotherapy with skilled therapists; they explore this in great detail. Secondly, … More Severe Mental Illness: Perspectives on Recovery
In the UK, it is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. The Samaritans focus is on helping us to become better listeners and to be open to conversations about mental health and wellbeing. Here is their S.U.S.H listening infographic – a reminder that even by taking small steps, we can all do something to encourage others to open up and share … More Becoming a Better Listener – Mental Health Awareness Week
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.
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‘What if it [depression] was a physical illness that just happens to make people feel pretty lousy? Would that make it less of a big deal to admit to? Could it even put a final nail in the coffin of the idea that depression is all in the mind’? Such is the question posed by … More Is The Immune System Causing Depression?
Allen Francis, Emeritus Professor at Duke University has just published an excellent blog entitled ‘Having a Severe Mental Illness Means Dying Young’ in the Huffington Post. Prof. Francis, who rather refreshingly pulls no punches throughout his article, writes this as his opening paragraph: People diagnosed with serious mental illness — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe … More The Shocking Truth: Severe Mental Illness & Life Expectancy