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?

Issues within mental health · Mental Health Awareness · NHS

Surviving/Thriving: Why mental health funding is IMPORTANT

So it’s Mental Health Awareness Week. I’ll start of the way a lot of these awareness posts tend to go- with a comparison. Three months ago I was a psychiatric inpatient, approaching the end of a fairly lengthy admission. Today, I stood in front of the Top Dogs of my health trust- chief execs, funding… Continue reading Surviving/Thriving: Why mental health funding is IMPORTANT

Issues within mental health

On misdagnosis

I am sitting facing a trainee doctor of some sort during my admissions assessment. Snippily, she tells I “need psychoeducation”, to learn about “my diagnosis”. I blink back at her. I am unaware I have a diagnosis. My experience of misdiagnosis is complicated by the fact I was never officially diagnosed with Borderline/Emotionally Unstable Personality… Continue reading On misdagnosis