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Critical Psychiatry, Health and Social Care, Interprofessional Collaboration, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Person Centred Care, Psychiatric medication, Recovery, Social Media

Medication Twitter chat 23/8 8pm onwards #bipolaretaeusmeds

The topic of psychiatric medication has been on my list of 'blogs to write' for a long time given it's been such a huge part of psychiatric treatment in services for decades and still remains one of the top issues of debated. Instead of just leaping in with it, having observed and taken part in… Continue reading Medication Twitter chat 23/8 8pm onwards #bipolaretaeusmeds

Critical Psychiatry, Health and Social Care, Interprofessional Collaboration, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Person Centred Care, Social Media, University

The Importance of Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care for Effective Person Centred Care.

As you'll all know, I'm keen to improve patient care due to my role as a nurse and as a patient myself. Having experienced and been on the receiving end of some quite frankly poor, even dangerous care/services, I feel that many of these serious issues can and should be paid more attention for change.… Continue reading The Importance of Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care for Effective Person Centred Care.

Grief, Hope, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery, Self esteem

Working with Families and Informal Carers

This blog post is related to another paper I wrote as part of my mental health nursing degree submissions. It was a 'choice' module and I chose it because, well, I feel very very strongly about not only patient involvement but the involvement of family and/or informal carers who often get left out. I should… Continue reading Working with Families and Informal Carers

Mental Health

Time for better handovers in healthcare… still. What does the evidence say?

This blog piece will be padded out more in due course but am uploading now at the request of a dear social media friend (who I encourage you to follow) - @m4delen ... This came about following her tweet on patient involvement during handovers within inpatient care. See here. I was asked to put up… Continue reading Time for better handovers in healthcare… still. What does the evidence say?

Hope, Inspirational, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Recovery, Self esteem, Suicide, University

Never doubt your ability to succeed in your dreams…

Hold onto self-worth & positivity as much as you can for so many experiences, good and bad, can lead to great things. BELIEVE in yourself!! This is taken from elsewhere that I thought was inspiring: At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job. At age 24, Stephen King was working as a… Continue reading Never doubt your ability to succeed in your dreams…

Bipolar, Bipolar Mixed Episode, Critical Psychiatry, Hypomania, Mania, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Social Media

Bipolar is “not an illness“, all psychiatry is bad….

This blog entry marks the beginning of my effort to fiercely stand up for and defend those of us who are ridiculed and/or invalidated when we see our mental health problems as an illness. We're categorically told we're wrong. There's no evidence. No validity. Psychiatry is all evil etc etc. It's 'just a label'. And… Continue reading Bipolar is “not an illness“, all psychiatry is bad….

ADHD, Bipolar, Bipolar Mixed Episode, Mania, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Social Media

The History of Bipolar Affective Disorder, (inc. a bit of General Mental Health Problems), and how it’s not “Just” Normal Distress, Mood or Human Emotion…

For the time being this post is going to be relatively shorter (still long now I’ve typed out 😂) than I intend. I’ll be returning at some point when I have more time. Anyway, here is the history of Bipolar Affective Disorder or dis-ease, what it is and what it isn’t and a bit about the stuff… Continue reading The History of Bipolar Affective Disorder, (inc. a bit of General Mental Health Problems), and how it’s not “Just” Normal Distress, Mood or Human Emotion…

Hope, Inspirational, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery

Individual Mental Health ‘recovery’ – what does it mean for us (including professional and our issues) & what do we do?

I’m writing this in attempt to give us who battle mental illness some hope. It stems from my insight over the years from coping with trauma, 3 suicide attempts, a diagnosis of Bipolar (type 1), ADHD and what to expect through understanding what’s what in the business of mental illness. This is a hugely relevant… Continue reading Individual Mental Health ‘recovery’ – what does it mean for us (including professional and our issues) & what do we do?

Bipolar, Mental Health, Suicide

Poem – Bipolar please leave us be

A poem I just wrote on my feelings of the effects of bipolar on my loved ones and my life. I don't see it as a blessing. It's devastating. Bipolar please set us free. Countless times I've rebuilt my life Bipolar please leave us be You creep back in unexpected, uninvited Battles for all to… Continue reading Poem – Bipolar please leave us be