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…

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

ADHD, Bipolar, Grief, Hope, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery, Social Media, Suicide

TRIGGER: Suicide attempt at weekend and making sense of it.

To say I'm very disappointed is an absolute understatement. Devastated. I haven't tried to take my own life for a few years now and thought all was in control, however this weekend it all exploded and I ended up in A&E for emergency physical treatment. **** I have decided to take out the explicit content originally… Continue reading TRIGGER: Suicide attempt at weekend and making sense of it.

Bipolar, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Suicide

TRIGGER: Deciding to live is a very difficult thing….

The following writing is a journal entry I wrote at 4am during a crisis in 2014.  It transpired I was experiencing a mixed episode diagnosed very soon after this in hospital (I've already blogged about it here). I thought I'd posted this already, just realised I hadn't, so thought I would. I find it strange reading… Continue reading TRIGGER: Deciding to live is a very difficult thing….

Bipolar, Hypomania, Mania, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Tales of Bipolar Hypomania/Mania

The point of this post is to provide some insight into some of my bipolar high antics (hypomania/mania), including spending sprees and behaviour (at home and in hospital) that I can now laugh at. They were the pleasurable highs at the time. Important to note: I'm in no way trivialising Bipolar. It has nearly killed… Continue reading Tales of Bipolar Hypomania/Mania

ADHD, Bipolar, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Finally some ADHD treatment on the horizon 😀

What a day 😄 I've finally got the help I need - the missing puzzle piece that my GP and I have been fighting for. I was diagnosed with ADHD over a year ago by a well known private educational psychologist (specialist in ADHD), however she can only diagnose and not treat. So although I've… Continue reading Finally some ADHD treatment on the horizon 😀

Bipolar, Grief, Maternal deprivation, Mental Health

This child…..

This is a child living through trauma. You wouldn't have known. She smiled at everyone and wanted acceptance. This child's first overdose was at 18 months old. This child's mother had a mental illness and struggled and felt isolated. She didn't realise her daughter would take that first unexpected climb to the Ativan of hers… Continue reading This child…..

ADHD, Bipolar, Mental Health, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery, University

My journey through uni and a bloody bipolar diagnosis….

Well here I am now in 2017 aiming to pick up the blog that never was... oppsie! This is the thing I have trouble with a lot - starting things and not finishing them. Much has happened since I wrote my first post in 2013. At that time I was forced (by myself) to take… Continue reading My journey through uni and a bloody bipolar diagnosis….