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:
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
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
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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