‘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
TED Talks has put together a 7 film playlist entitled ‘The Struggle of Mental Health’ which addresses topics as diverse as depression, schizophrenia and suicidal feelings. Recognising that all too often, these experiences stay private, the speakers who’ve struggled with mental illness bravely share their stories, in the hope that others don’t feel so isolated. … More The Struggle of Mental Health: Watch the Ted Talks Playlist
The BBC News website has reported on a suicide prevention study carried out by researchers from John Hopkins University and published in the journal ‘Lancet Psychiatry’. The study, which tracked in excess of five thousand Danish people who had attempted suicide and later received psychosocial counselling, found that suicides decreased by 26% after five years, compared … More Talk Therapy Reduces Suicide Risk
Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Raj Persaud, has recently posted a very interesting interview on his Youtube channel. Growing up in a dysfunctional family, self-harming, suicide attempts and living with the hideous trauma of rape, together with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, Victoria talks candidly to Dr. Persaud about her own life journey. After an extended period … More A Poignant Insight Into Bipolar & The Recovery Process