Bipolar Disorder

Pregnancy and Depression

Kerry Hudson | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

I had heard that women in their third trimester get emotional, only the other day I sprayed my face with too much fake tan and burst into tears (looking back THAT, was funny) but no one warned me of the gut wrenching, heart smashing 'end of an era' come down that I spent the weekend with.

Bipolar and Pregnant, Jelly Babies and EBay

Kerry Hudson | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Being bipolar I expected: 'I don't think you can handle it' and 'It's not the right time' (Hello, wrong end of my thirties) and 'But what if you have a bad day?' and I did get all of the above.

Why Are Our New Boyfriends Still Here?

Kerry Hudson | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Kerry Hudson

Having just played myself at Hangman, I got him down to his limbs, I thought some form of human contact was needed. I called my friend (fellow bipolar...

The Stereotype of Stigma: A New Take

Esther Rich | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

Someone living with cancer is not defined by their tumour. Someone living with diabetes is not defined by their sugar levels. So why should someone living with a mental health problem be defined by how they are feeling?

Springwatch Axe 'Put Me In Hospital For A Year'

PA | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Entertainment

Naturalist Bill Oddie has lambasted the Government for being "ignorant and arrogant" and says that being axed from Springwatch put him in hospital for...

Ovulating in Wetherspoons

Kerry Hudson | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Comedy
Kerry Hudson

My second best friend (Yes, I've OD'd on Mr Freezes again) is a manic depressive as well. Unlike me she's gets more down than up. When together, our behaviour changes based on this and no get together has ever been the same.

Experts Suggest Celebrities Prone To Risk Of Suicide

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Few celebrities have been as frank as Stephen Fry about their mental health difficulties. Throughout his battle with bipolar disorder, the presente...

Does Fame Make You More Suicidal?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Stephen Fry is extremely successful in many different areas of life; a 'national treasure'. How can someone popular, wealthy, busy and successful, end up feeling hopeless and despairing? Yet it's well established from psychological research that there is a link between fame and suicide.

Stephen Fry Reveals He Attempted Suicide Last Year

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

Stephen Fry has revealed he attempted suicide last year in what he described as "a close run thing". The actor and writer, who has spoken openly in...

Bipolar Woman Can Have Abortion, Judge Rules

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK

A High Court judge has decided that a mentally ill woman was capable of making a decision about terminating her 23-week pregnancy. Mr Justice Holma...

Bipolar Pregnant Woman ‘Will Kill Herself If She Is Refused An Abortion'

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK

A High Court judge is deciding whether a married 37-year-old woman with bipolar disorder has the mental capacity to ask for an abortion. The woman...

What Are We Achieving During Mental Health Awareness Week?

Katie Wright | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK
Katie Wright

Basically, as Jay-Z might say, I got 99 problems and bipolar is one. It's that thing Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stephen Fry both have, that seems to make people shocked to discover celebrities have none-diet-related-problems.

Manic Spendathons

Kerry Hudson | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

If there's one thing I learnt in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) it's that we have to take something positive from every negative experience. Or w...

People With Mental Health Are Dangerous Criminals

Kerry Hudson | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

There is no close connection between mental health and crime, in fact, statistics show that we are actually more likely to be the victim of the crime.

Mental Illness: It's Not About Choice

Martha Roberts | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martha Roberts

Choice is, "Shall we paint the bedroom blue or green?" or even "'Shall we start a family?" Choice is not, "Shall I have constant PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) flashbacks?", nor is it, "Shall I be bipolar and be so hard to live with that my partner leaves me?" It is also not, "Shall I feel so depressed that I'll think about ending it all?"

Internet Dating Profiles and Mental Health

Kerry Hudson | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Being totally honest in our profiles can go in one of two directions. You either get no replies, perhaps the odd one or two after pub closing hours, or you attract someone who admires you for your honesty AND your flaws. Bingo. You may as start choosing the fabric and start table planning.

Living With Mental Health

Rob Flux | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Flux

Living with someone, in this case, not a family member, but someone you've chosen to be with who has experience of a mental health problem, need not be scary or difficult. Simply doing those little everyday things can make all the difference. Treat them normally.

Mental Health Leaves Friends Lost for Words

Sue Baker | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Baker

We've just launched a new campaign to encourage all of us to have more open conversations around the subject of mental health. Our new advert highlights the importance of staying in contact and being supportive when friends and family members experience a mental health problem.

Bipolar: The Vicious Words

Amy Whitear | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Whitear

You're either scrambling around manically, driving the people around you to the point of distraction, or stuck in a heap on the bathroom floor, searching frantically for the inner strength to stand up and face another day.

Alternative Medicines for Mental Health

Kerry Hudson | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Many of us are choosing a greener lifestyle, and that goes for medication too. Holistic therapist Sorrell Robbins explains "The idea of alternative medicine - namely herbs - is to help moderate and balance the individual alongside medical and/or psychiatric care and not to cure conditions that mainstream doctors were unable to".

TV Drama Ups its Game in Portraying Mental Health

Matt Wilkinson | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matt Wilkinson

If there is one plea I could make to all of the media companies it is please never underestimate the need for more mental health challenging content. With such a huge proportion of the population affected one way or another by mental health related issues, we need to reach out, educate and challenge the stigma attached to them.

'Mummy, Why is That Lady Talking to Herself?'

Kerry Hudson | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

Here are some of the common misconceptions of mental health I've heard over the years (and calmly kept schtum).

Lack of Routine, Too Much Creativity, a Mental Health Condition... You're in Butlins

Kerry Hudson | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

I haven't met many people with mental health problems who aren't in some way or other creative, we naturally question everything, perhaps to obsessiveness sometimes, and spiral off in different directions looking for alternative conclusions, very much like the artist's mind.

Postman Vs Psychiatrist - Who's the Best Person to Make a Diagnosis?

Kerry Hudson | Posted 03.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

It recently came to my attention that the best person to assess a client with mental health needs is in fact, the postman. Firstly, yes I have been taking my lithium. Now, think about it, the postman, if a regular to the same address, ticks the box that good psychiatry practices, but very often fails.

It's Time We Had A Conversation About Mental Health

Shea Wong | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Shea Wong

One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives, yet it's still seems such a difficult subject to talk about. I remember 20 years ago, no one talked about cancer. Why is it that when an illness is visible, we can embrace the patient, but when it is invisible, in the mind, we seem scared to even say the words?