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?
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
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
[Warning, this is a whiny rant with no real purpose or structure or eloquent conclusion. Just some thoughts I have ruminating at the minute] “Alice is always apologising when she tells me how she feels. It’s like she feels like she’s a burden, like she’s bothering me- but she’s not.” It is said about me,… Continue reading Burdensome, bothersome.
‘Get over it’: at some point, anyone who has a mental illness has probably been told this or been told something similar- snap out of it, catch yourself on, wise up, get on with it, pick yourself up, dry your eyes etc, etc. I have anyway. I know friends who have been told similar things,… Continue reading ‘Get over it’
I was 20 the first time I was admitted to a psychiatric ward. I was the youngest by maybe 10, 15 years. After eyeing me up, the older patients- the women who had been in and out for years, said to me, ‘don’t make this your life wee girl’. Terrified, I nodded vigorously- I wasn’t… Continue reading The institutionalisation trap
We all do it. Google our symptoms. There’s been many’s a night when I’ve been kept awake with abdominal pain or a bad headache or something strange like feeling off balance, and have googled my symptoms and ended up scaring myself shitless as I scroll through the suggested illnesses. And just the other week I… Continue reading Dr Google