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INTRO/WELCOME

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 … […]

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UNHAPPINESS IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE!

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 […]

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FASHIONABLE MENTAL HEALTH!?

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. […]

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EMPATHY

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. […]

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STIGMA

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, […]

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MENTAL HEALTH ADVICE?!

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 […]

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STOICISM AND MENTAL HEALTH

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 […]

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ADHD AND BIPOLAR…

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 […]

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BIPOLAR 2 MEDS

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 […]

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