So here I am at 38 years old, August 2019, just popped out of the recovery womb, just been signed off by my substance misuse worker, 6 months in to knowing I have Bipolar, torn between where I’ve been and what the hell do I do next. ‘I know, let’s write a blog’. Genius … […]Read More INTRO/WELCOME
How we feel is unconscious a lot of the time. Feelings begin in our unconscious and bleed through in to our physiological and psychological awareness. This is absolutely out of our control. After all, if we could control our unconscious mind, it wouldn’t be very unconscious would it?! What is within our control is how […]Read More UNHAPPINESS IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE!
If you use social media, you’ll have seen an exponential rise in people with reported mental health. It seems to have become the latest must-have accessory. What I wonder is how much this is this watering down the mental health narrative and almost abnormalising (again) the real life conditions that people suffer with every day. […]Read More FASHIONABLE MENTAL HEALTH!?
We’ve suffered immeasurable misery. Mental health in its varying forms and flavours creates people who are different. People of hardship. What fascinates me is how many different people from varying backgrounds suffering with it. It doesn’t attack the ‘weak’, the ‘poor’, the ‘addicts’ or the ‘ugly’. It settles itself down in who ever it chooses. […]Read More EMPATHY
I read a lot. Not just books and websites, but I pick up leaflets in waiting rooms and free magazines in supermarkets etc. I cannot for the life of me remember where I read about the five pillars of mental health improvement, or even if that was the correct title, but we’ll go with that […]Read More 5 PILLARS FOR MENTAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT
I don’t know about you guys but I have an innate fear of discomfort. It’s what stopped me for attempting to give up the drink and drugs for years. I used drink and drugs for many years as a self-medicating tool. An escape. It calmed my mania, or at least made it less memorable, and […]Read More FEAR OF DISCOMFORT & SUBSTANCE MISUSE
Anyone who tells you that there is no longer stigma attached to mental health is either deluded or completely stupid. That’s a fact. Whenever you spend any time on social media, you see phrases like ‘he’s mental’, ‘she’s off her nut’, need I go on? Is this all in jest with no harm meant? Possibly, […]Read More STIGMA
I’m fascinated by the subject of advice. We all know that mental health is subjective. That is, no two people suffer in exactly the same way. So … why ask for advice from a fellow sufferer, or even someone who does not have first hand experience of the condition? Is it for some sort of […]Read More MENTAL HEALTH ADVICE?!
Over the past six months or so I’ve really ramped up the research in to philosophy. It fascinates me. History captivates me. That humans lived so long ago and created civilised (mainly) societies which have developed (or digressed, whatever your world view) in to our societies of today. One particular branch of philosophy that peaked […]Read More STOICISM AND MENTAL HEALTH
So as I said in my last post, my mental health has been good as gold recently. What has been left behind though is a series of noticeable, undesirable traits. Fidgeting, lack of concentration (which has been evident to be fair since coming off of the antidepressants and on to antipsychotics last year), finishing peoples […]Read More ADHD AND BIPOLAR…
So my mental health has been pretty stable for the past five or so months. Even through all this covid nonsense I’ve felt good. My sleep has stabilised, my food intake has increased and I’m exercising and hydrating sufficiently. That’s probably why I’ve not posted? It’s funny isn’t it that as people with poor mental […]Read More BIPOLAR 2 MEDS