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...

Stephen Fry Candidly Discusses Contemplating Suicide During 1990s

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Entertainment

Stephen Fry has admitted that he considered killing himself, shortly before disappearing into obscurity during a run in a West End play. READ MORE...

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.

Perhaps I Can Survive

Matt Streuli | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Streuli

Perhaps this stupid stigma can be dropped. Perhaps you could fund the NHS for better preventative care so conditions like cancer and depression are treated equally. Perhaps then it won't take six months for the right diagnoses to be passed or for a crisis to happen. Perhaps if we target these things in our communities we can prevent some of those 6,233 deaths?

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...

To Lose One Brother, May Be Regarded as a Misfortune - To Lose Both Looks Like Carelessness

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leslie Sinoway

It's taken me seven years to summon up the courage to write anything about the death of Josh. There's always been a lot of residual guilt (this is common when a sibling dies) but I could no more help that Dale died due to a 'cot death' than I could that the mental health services let my brother Josh so horrifically.

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.

Lucy Sherriff

'People Have Told Me I Shouldn't Have Children'. Here's What Having Bipolar Is Really Like

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

"I've been told I shouldn't have children, as if I'd inevitably screw them up and be a bad mother," Zoë recalls. "It was horrible." The 27-year-ol...

#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.

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Adjectives

Claire Greaves | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

Many of us have done it, "Kate can be a bit bipolar can't she?!" meaning that one day she can be in a good mood, the next she can be in a bad mood or ...

Things You Should You Know About Taking Medication

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

I thought I was maybe nearing my way to remission. I thought I had got to a point where the illness didn't define my life any more, where it didn't disable me. I thought I had it under control.

The A-Z of Bipolar: S-Z

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

So how do you solve a problem like bipolar? Therapy, medication, exercise, amongst other things. I can't vouch for medication and exercise ('cos I never do any), but therapy is wonderful...once you find the right therapist.

The A-Z of Bipolar: K-R

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

If we're ever going to be able to defeat prejudice and make mental illness a less taboo subject, there's going to need to be a clearer understanding of it. Here's part two of my A-Z guide to the unifying aspects of the illness.

The A-Z of Bipolar: A-J

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

It's a complicated subject - it can mean different things for different people, it isn't talked about anywhere near enough, and there's often an overly simplified, one-sided portrayal of it in the media. If we're ever going to be able to defeat prejudice and make mental illness a less taboo subject, there's going to need to be a clearer understanding of it.

How to Deal With the Season of S.A.D

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

With the clocks going back this week, the season of S.A.D is upon us, and with that comes a surge in diagnosis. Seasonal affective disorder is type of depression that comes with the changing seasons, hitting at the same time every year, usually in the dark depths of winter. It's estimated to affect about two million people in the UK.

Eight Reasons Why I'm Proud to Be Bipolar

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

Having suffered with bipolar for near 10 years, I can safely say it's a tough battle and on the whole a mostly negative experience. I've spent much of the last decade feeling ashamed of who I am, not merely because of the illness itself, but largely thanks to the public and media perception of what it is to have bipolar disorder.

Why I Don't Think that Depression Is a Disease

Danny McCubbin | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I would hear myself say the same old thing whenever I would go off the rails or be confined to my bedroom for days "there's nothing I can do, I have a chemical in balance, it's a disease...." I don't think that anymore and I can honestly say that I am happy.

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

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...

Complaining Versus Excercise

Kerry Hudson | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Kerry Hudson

To save money on shabby chic I've been making my own, painting everything in sight an 'antique white' then pasting embossed vintage printed paper onto it.

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.

'Give Me A Second Chance,' Pleads Italian Mother Alessandra Pacchieri

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

An Italian woman, now named as Alessandra Pacchieri, who had her baby removed after she suffered a mental breakdown on a trip to the UK, has said she ...

Why Stephen Fry's Suicide Attempt Is a Lesson for Us All

Planet Ivy | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Planet Ivy

Understanding that there is no conscious reason for these feelings puts mental illness on a par with other illnesses. You wouldn't ask a woman with breast cancer why she had it, or why she was ill - saying "I have breast cancer" is a pretty satisfactory argument for most. Mental illness isn't any different, and it's just as much of a scary, alien thing to sufferers than other illnesses.