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?

Other

100 Little things (that make life worth living)

My CAMHS notes make semi-frequent reference to the fact that I had “thoughts of LNWL” during the time I was with them (LNWL being short for ‘life not worth living, I came to realise). One particular night when struggling with thoughts of LNWL, I googled ‘things to do when you’re sad’ and found a website… Continue reading 100 Little things (that make life worth living)

Inpatient Treatment

De-glamourising inpatient (Part VI)

26. Institutionalisation- this one is HUGE. It was within my first two weeks on the ward that I learned just how easy it is/would be to become institutionalised. Often, when hospitalised for mental illness, patients have little or no structure in the ‘outside world’, living a life completely consumed or controlled by their illnesses. In… Continue reading De-glamourising inpatient (Part VI)