Bipolar Disorder

Being Bipolar: A Dangerous View on the Illness

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 05.03.2015 | 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.

How to Help Young Adults With Mental Health Issues

Martha Roberts | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Martha Roberts

As I drove home from a recent night out, a young woman stumbled out of the darkness into the road ahead of me. She was extremely distressed so I offered to drive her home. During our journey, Lara* told me that her dad hated her and that she was totally devastated by this...

Pregnancy and Depression

Kerry Hudson | Posted 10.05.2014 | 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...

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.