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
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.
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.
I just want to dedicate a blog post to the fabulous Allie Brosh. Her blog is here Many of you may have heard of her - she's pretty well known and funny as hell. The drawing in the featured image is hers and she draws like this throughout her content. If you ever want the best… Continue reading Allie Brosh – On depression and life. Brilliant blogger and writer.
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 😀
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 ❤️
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…..
You do the best you can.... That's all you can ever do. Sometimes we are met with criticism, and that can be really hard to deal with, but if you really know deep down that in the circumstances you are doing the best you can then that is 'good enough'. It has taken me a… Continue reading Doing the best you can, being ‘good enough’ and saying no…
People with depression (or any mental illness for that matter) need to be heard. Whilst a variety of symptoms are collectively shared, people are individuals. How they experience depression is individual. Blanket advice will not, therefore, help everyone. At least not in the most severe cases. This is the most important thought to keep in… Continue reading Depression ‘advice’….