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 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?
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….
This is my very dear friend Amy, diagnosed with what used to be referred to as borderline personality disorder and now relabelled as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD). I'm not keen on either of these terms due to the feeling that something is wrong with your personality, but that's another blog sometime...) Amy had help… Continue reading Reality of suffering from #EUPD #Trauma #Stigma #BPD
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 😀
If you've read my previous posts you'll know that mental illness is in my family. For the last year or so my 13 year old has been self harming through cutting her arms. She has a diagnosis of ADHD. On Friday, I found weed and tobacco in my 13 year olds bedroom. Then on Sunday… Continue reading A really shit week – TRIGGER (suicide)
Having a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder and being a mental health nurse comes with challenges. Without bipolar it does anyway. I went into nursing because of my constant exposure to mental illness in my family, in me and some of my friends. I wanted, and want, to make a difference. To put my experience… Continue reading On being a Mental Health Nurse ❤️
Before this most recent severe depression (and lesser episodes/cycling in between) I had a manic episode with mixed features which landed me my first acute admission to a psychiatric hospital. It was the most terrifying moment of my life. I'd never had one before and it came on with no warning like a light switch had been… Continue reading TRIGGER: Reality of a manic episode with mixed features…