Bipolar Disorder

These Cards Offer Support To People With Mental Health Issues In The Best Way

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Any form of mental illness is, just that - an illness. Yet it’s not something you’d necessarily buy a typical ‘Get Well Soon’ card for. That...

My Condition Makes Me Suicidal, But Giggling Every Day Helps Keep the Darkness Away

Doug Segal | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Doug Segal

The whole thing has become somewhat joyous. Shows have ended with group hugs, the entire audience dancing in the street and strangers exchanging phone numbers. These are my people. This is my medicine.

Bipolar Bear

Harriet Dyer | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Harriet Dyer

I regularly get told the classic "You'd never know it to look at you" and, "You seem like you've got it all together." Believe me I very much do not, the battle in my head is so tiresome. Often I'll smile at someone whilst thinking, "gosh I want to die so much" and I'm by in no means the one swimming in the choppiest water.

Going Back to Uni - A Road Less Travelled

Becky Barnes | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Barnes

At the back of my mind I had always felt disappointed that I had never finished university. I was an intelligent woman who had drifted in and out of a succession of less than inspiring jobs and I always felt I was capable of so much more, but I didn't know what.

Mania: The Joyous Destructor

Barry Hyde | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Barry Hyde

feel there is far more written about depression so I thought I'd talk about mania. The upswing, the joyous, wild up thrust of the see-saw. Mania. The war took place entirely in my own mind and I was not prepared for the fight. It was like fighting bullets with sticks and stones. I was slaughtered.

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.