Why I'm Running 1250 Miles From Rome To Home With Bipolar Disorder

Dan Keeley | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Keeley

I was the one who was standing in the middle of a major motorway in Northern Italy at rush hour, wearing nothing but his khaki shorts, backing up traffic for 10 miles, letting one vehicle pass at a time and doing so with more conviction and sense of purpose than any human who'd walked the face of the earth. I was the one who - in the true sense of the meaning - had lost his mind. Now five years on, I'm being called crazy for all the right reasons.

Acceptance Is The Answer According To The Queen Of Bad Choices

Claire Ayres | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Ayres

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year I was asked to write a post for the charity I volunteer at on the national theme of surviving or thriving. Using this I've had a look back at my long history of mental illness and reflected on when I've been surviving and when I've been thriving.

A Gift And A Curse: The Ups And Downs Of Bipolar

Arabella Noortman | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Arabella Noortman

For me, the diagnosis was a relief, for it accorded with the maxim "know thyself" - and, for any human being, this is a fundamental part of life's journey. As time goes on, I have begun to see bipolar not so much as an affliction, confined to a certain, unfortunate percentile of the population, but as something that lies in the further reaches of conscious experience.

Bipolar Bear

Harriet Dyer | Posted 30.06.2017 | 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.

My Journey Through Bipolar to Making Music for Mind

Jonathan Hennessey-Brown | Posted 17.05.2017 | 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.

Eighteen Months On...

Sangeeta Mahajan | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sangeeta Mahajan

One sunny autumn afternoon 18 months ago, two policemen showed up at my doorstep to tell me that my son's body had been found nearby. Apparently Saagar had ended his own life. They handed me his belongings but I was convinced they had made a mistake. This was not within the realm of possibilities. He is a handsome talented young man of 20 with a fabulous education and everything to live for. How could this be? He had a recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder but the doctors had me believe that he was getting better. No one ever mentioned the word 'suicide' to me.

Thank You - Me, Bipolar and I

Sharon Sutton | Posted 20.02.2017 | 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 16.02.2017 | 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.

The Black Dog: Bipolar Disorder Is for Life Not Just for Christmas

Hazel Butler | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hazel Butler

The right balance of medication can and does work. There will always be exceptions to this, but in my experience, people who persevere, are willing to engage in their treatment, and keep going until they find the right balance of meds, will get there eventually.

6 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.10.2016 | 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 10.11.2016 | 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 16.10.2016 | 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 23.09.2016 | 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 10.09.2016 | 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 18.08.2016 | 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 30.07.2016 | 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 29.07.2016 | 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.