Bipolar Disorder

My Journey Through Bipolar to Making Music for Mind

Jonathan Hennessey-Brown | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Hennessey-Brown

You don't need to be defeated by or ashamed of having a mental health condition. If people aren't prepared to talk to you about it, find people who will. You are not alone. Be productive. Be creative. Be courageous. You can have a mental illness and a great life.

Too Pretty to Be Depressed? - The Story Behind My Bipolar II Diagnosis

Dana Fletcher | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Dana Fletcher

This year I gave up on myself. My backbone broke under the weight of the intricate and deceptive facade I'd spent years perfecting. A series of id...

Could Thrush Be An Early Sign Of Schizophrenia?

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Yeast infections have been linked to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in a new study, leading researchers to suggest that infections like thrush cou...

How Being a Disability Benefit Claimant Happened to Me

Claire Ayres | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK
Claire Ayres

The government like to paint a picture of benefits claimants as being debt-ridden addicts who can't be bothered to work. I want to try and dispel this picture a bit, if I can. I don't smoke, drink, take drugs (except what is prescribed to me). I only claim ESA and PIP not housing benefit or anything like that. We don't claim carer's allowance for my husband even though we are entitled to it.

What Depression Would Probably Say If It Could Speak

Sharon Sutton | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

Nowadays people talk more openly about how depression feels. It used to very much a taboo subject years ago but now there's more awareness than ever b...

Bipolar - Hello From The Other Side

Sharon Sutton | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

For all of the people that think Bipolar is some sort of mental health illness that is 99% depression, well from my point of view it isn't 'all that'. Yes I have my down days but I'm lucky because most of mine are 'up' days - or whatever you would like to call them.

The Other Side of Food Struggles

Claire Ayres | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Ayres

These days my comfort eating is a little more healthy. I can't eat chocolate, or cakes anymore. So when I comfort eat I lean to nuts, health bars, yogurts...but I do still comfort eat although not as much and I am learning to control it.

Waiting Times - Bipolar Disorder

Sharon Sutton | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

The delay in getting treatment can be disastrous with people self harming, becoming more anxious, crisis' can occur and people just aren't getting the help that they so very desperately need which in turn puts a massive strain on the patient and also (possibly) their families.

Thank You - Me, Bipolar and I

Sharon Sutton | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

Thank you for fixing my household goods for example when I feel like the world has ended all because I've totally ruined a tin opener trying to open a tin of corned beef. Times like that I can get so frustrated for no reason and I feel like I could just 'smash a plate' - ridiculous I know.

Bipolar Disorder - The Invisible

Sharon Sutton | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Sutton

It's not like I have a broken leg or skin condition that is visible to the naked eye. I have an illness which is invisible; however I dislike seeing it as an illness, more of an ability at times no matter how bizarre that may sound. I believe it is what has driven me to be successful in what I do.

Stephen Fry Wins Praise For Bipolar Disorder Documentary

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Entertainment

Stephen Fry has won praise from fans after opening about about his mental health struggles in a new documentary. READ MORE: Stephen Fry On How L...

Stephen Fry On How Life Has Changed For People With Bipolar Disorder In 10 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It's hard to believe 10 years have passed since Stephen Fry opened up discussion about mental health issues with his groundbreaking documentary 'The S...

6 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

One in every 100 adults in the UK will be diagnosed with bipolar disorder at some point in their lives, yet the condition is often misunderstood by th...

Almost Like Salvation: Why Love Alone Is Not the Cure for Mental Illness

Katie Higgins | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Higgins

Love is not a cure for mental illness, in that the simple presence of love in someone's life will never be able to change the fact that they are mentally ill, or the way in which their illness presents itself. The presence of love alone is not what cures ailments, or heals wounds, or makes a life worth living.

Catherine Speaks Candidly About Her And Michael Douglas' Health Troubles

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Entertainment

Catherine Zeta-Jones has opened up about her husband Michael Douglas’ cancer battle, and her own diagnosis with bipolar disorder. The Hollywood ...

Suicide - The Silent Epidemic

Sangeeta Mahajan | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sangeeta Mahajan

Suicide is the biggest killer of young men in the UK. More than a 100 people die of suicide every week yet no one talks about it. As a society and community, as teachers and parents, as friends and colleagues we need to educate ourselves, ask questions, demand better care for ourselves and our loved ones, especially the young.

For My Daughter on Her 13th Birthday

Sharon Sutton | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Parents
Sharon Sutton

Just be you and never try to be a people pleaser, folks will like and love you for who you are and if they can't accept that then you don't need them in your life. Laugh, be kind and don't ever let boys break your heart. Most importantly bask in what makes you happy and build your worth on experiences and not possessions. Never forget that you can talk to me.

Beyond Bipolar

Amanda Nicol | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Nicol

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I suffered terribly with the side-effects of medication; the tardive dyskinesia, which is extremely distressing, both to experience and witness; short-term memory loss; splitting lips; lactation; sensitivity to sunshine; you name it, I had it.

Finding Out You're Disabled

Matt Streuli | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Matt Streuli

Whenever filling out job applications, you are asked "Do you consider yourself to have a disability?". I've always said no. It turns out I did not of realised what a disability is. Perhaps it is a stigma or just the more obvious public image but when I say disability, my mind immediately goes to the logo on the disabled parking bays or people with special educational needs...

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.