Bipolar Disorder

What Do We Mean By 'Bipolar Disorder'? It's a Life and Death Question

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Cynthia Joyce

Over a decade. That's how long someone with bipolar disorder can wait before they get a diagnosis for their condition. And during this time that person will receive an incorrect diagnosis on average four times.

Poetry And Mental Health - The Great Escape

Rhiannon Dance | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Rhiannon Dance

It was sixth form when I first developed a passion (rather obsession) for poetry. I had always dabbled in my own poems, winning title of 'Bard' at pri...

'Mental Illness Doesn't Make You Any Less Human': Sufferers Explain What Dignity Means To Them

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As most people with mental illness will know, dignity is something they receive in far too short a supply, whether that's people making decisions for ...

'I Am Queen of All My Sins': On Bipolar Disorder and Being a Woman

Katie Higgins | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Higgins

My disorder manifests itself through tremendous, terrifying highs - moments when my brain almost fizzes over with boundless energy, and excitement, and the utter gloriousness of being completely convinced that every thought I have and every decision I make is absolutely correct.

What It's Like To Date If You Have Bipolar Disorder

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Dating is hard. Dating with bipolar disorder is a different story altogether. This is something that Rebecca, 28, knows all too well. The foodie an...

Writing Therapy and the Power of Emblematic Exorcism

Hazel Butler | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hazel Butler

When it comes to treatment and therapy there are no short cuts. There are no quick fixes. There are no easy ways to treat bipolar disorder (or any other mental illness for that matter). Writing therapy offers a powerful alternative treatment.

Focusing on the Prevention of Suicide in Bipolar I Disorder

Professor Maurizio Pompili | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Professor Maurizio Pompili

It is a sad fact that 90 per cent of all suicide cases worldwide have an association with mental health disorders.(i) This is especially prevalent amo...

Bipolar - Dark Side of the Moon. Dear Depression

Sharon Sutton | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

This isn't a lifestyle choice for me, it's not funny and the side effects that it can have on us innocent people can be that of utterly devastating. You are cruel because you have even hospitalised some of us. I hope that I won't ever be one of them.

Bipolar: Past the Point Of No Return

Sharon Sutton | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Sharon Sutton

I wrote a blog titled "Bipolar I can't 'Keep Calm and Carry On'" now that may seem contradictory to what I am going to say in the rest of this blog bu...

Bipolar I Can't 'Keep Calm & Carry On'

Sharon Sutton | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

Bipolar makes me hate you, dislike you and it even makes me think that I momentarily never want to speak to you again. I don't hate you really. I don't know why I am like this but I am at times irritable and agitated.

My Bipolar Bag Of Sunshine

Sharon Sutton | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

I think it's a privilege to experience hypo mania. I'm lucky as I don't go out and spend money I don't have nor do I rack up thousand's on credit cards, but what I do experience is feeling like I'm on top of the world stood on a mountain with my arms out as the wind flows throw my fingers.

Bipolar Day Is Everyday

Sharon Sutton | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

I am trying, you may not think so but I am. I honestly can't help nor control this and I'm sorry. Don't shout at me when I ignore you ringing me. I swear it's not you I just I don't feel like I can take your words ringing in my ears. I can't concentrate; I'll forget what you said anyway.

Demi Lovato Launches Campaign To Tackle Mental Health Stigma

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

From Stephen Fry and Florence Welch, to Zoella and Yasmin Le Bon, celebrities are increasingly using their position in the spotlight to tackle stigma ...

Working With Depression

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

A doctor recently told me that no company will want to hire someone who has prolonged absences, as if I hadn't realised that myself. As if finding a job isn't hard enough, keeping one is even harder. It's a catch 22.

Louis Theroux's 'By Reason of Insanity': The Dangers of Guilt and Denial

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

However, there were a couple issues that came to light through the programme, one of which was the danger of denial with the mentally ill, and another being the place of guilt on those with mental illnesses.

I Am Not My Illness

Claire Greaves | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I get annoyed when people refer to me by my mental illness, "Claire's mentally ill." "She's anorexic." No. Stop. I have a mental illness, I am not a mental illness. I have anorexia, I am not anorexia.

Powerful Campaign Shows What Mental Illness Really Looks Like

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When stories concerning mental health enter the news, they're often accompanied by a picture of a person with their head in their hands. But Time T...

#BeingBipolar - The Reaction

Lucy Roberts | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Roberts

Despite the documentary taking this exploratory approach, there was a heavy bearing on psychological therapy being the ONLY right and proper course of action for those needing assistance with the symptoms of bipolar.

Being Bipolar: A Dangerous View on the Illness

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

You wouldn't tell someone with diabetes not to take their medication, and you shouldn't do that to someone with bipolar either. It is a serious illness that needs to be treated seriously.

Managing Our Minds: The Economic Case for Investment in Mental Health

Sophie Dundovic | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Dundovic

Mental health is an economic problem. It is a problem that this country cannot afford to ignore. While we have made considerable progress in the last decade, mental health continues to be a sensitive issue.

Schizophrenia - Stuck With It?

Louise Gillett | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Gillett

Forget the 'mental' and just think 'illness'. I was ill, seriously ill, three times in my life. I was in hospital for three months on each occasion and took a long while afterwards to convalesce. But now I have been well for many years. I do not take medication. I am capable and active - I am married, with four wonderful children, a career and a happy, fulfilling life. Ergo, I am better.

Joy On Offensive Card: 'If You Know Anyone With Bipolar...Don't Buy It For Them'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Valladares | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

After shocking customers by stocking a greeting card that reads, "Don't get mad, take lithium," clothes retailer Joy not only failed to see what the i...

Post-Natal and Bipolar - Wearing Nappies in G-Strings

Kerry Hudson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Contrary to statistics that put me in the seventy percent chance of post-natal psychosis, I held my head firmly above water. It wasn't easy, at times the water stank, many times, in fact most of the time, but I wouldn't allow myself - now a mother - to go under.

When Will the Help Come?

Kirsty Higginson | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Higginson

I have been wanting to write this article for an extremely long time. I have stumbled and tormented myself so many times with this piece as to how I could even begin to voice my boulders of darkness. I wanted to translate to you, the reader, the horrific pain mental illness can bring, and to put the raw emotions into words which you will understand

We Can No Longer Keep Brushing Mental Health Under The Carpet

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

Seeing as it is Mental Health Awareness Week, I thought I might tackle the subject head on with some of my own experiences of the internal workings and internecine battles of my brain. Considering the words that are to follow, I must warn those readers who are triggered by discussion of mental health, anxiety, depression and similar content that this post contains a lot of potentially triggering material, including frank discussion of traumatic experiences.