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
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.
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
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….
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…
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?
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.
Firstly, I appreciate all my followers especially as my twitter, instagram and blog here are open to view by anyone... Thank you 🙂 A majority of the time I follow back if relevant, interesting etc (not ones based on boobs and gym goers etc - porn type stuff - you probably know what I mean… Continue reading Social media followers upset?
This topic interests me greatly from all of my perspectives - as service user, carer and nurse. One of our final modules at university was around mental health recovery. I thought I'd share my submission as you may find it thought provoking and it would be interesting to hear your views? It's based on research I… Continue reading Mental health treatment perspectives. From the medical model to recovery approaches and individual empowerment.
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….