Bipolar Affective Disorder · Updates

Two blog posts for the price of one…an update, I guess?

Pro-tip: read this summary to save yourself some time. I am feeling frustrated that I feel defined by an illness I refuse to define me and don’t consider to be part of my identity, even though it is because it is a mental illness, so therefore, by definition, it has an impact on my thinking and behaviour,… Continue reading Two blog posts for the price of one…an update, I guess?

Mental Health Awareness · Mental health in the media

Mental health in mainstream media- things to consider before writing it off as a ‘bad job’ (with reference to Split, To the bone and 13 reasons why)

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Netflix’s new release ‘To the bone’, a movie about a girl’s journey through eating disorder treatment. A couple of months ago, there was huge discussion about the series ’13 reasons why’, just like there was last year with the release of ‘Split’, a movie portraying Dissociative Identity… Continue reading Mental health in mainstream media- things to consider before writing it off as a ‘bad job’ (with reference to Split, To the bone and 13 reasons why)

Issues within mental health · Mental health in the media · NHS · Stigma

Mentally ill and working for the NHS?

The other day, I heard about the case of Wendy Potts, a UK GP who wrote a blog about her experiences with bipolar disorder. A patient of hers read the blog and raised concerns over her fitness to practise. As a result, Potts was suspended from practising while an investigation took place, but she committed… Continue reading Mentally ill and working for the NHS?

Mental Health Services · NHS

Treatment for Mental Health: Private vs. NHS?

Over the years I’ve had both private psychotherapy and NHS treatment for my mental health (including CAMHS, psychiatrist’s, a social worker, CPN’s, an occupational therapist and inpatient treatment). With that in mind, I thought I’d do a bit of a comparison between private therapy and NHS treatment for mental health. Privately, I had a good experience,… Continue reading Treatment for Mental Health: Private vs. NHS?