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Sorry for the silence… 

… I’ve not been very well over the past few months,  unsurprising given its autumn and I’m always ravaged by depression at this time of year. I don’t really know why I ever hope it’ll be different.  In the last few years I’ve had round the clock anxiety too which has been lots of fun. […]

Going to College With Bipolar Disorder - Part II

The second half of a two-part blog post pertaining to the issues faced by college-bound high school students with bipolar disorder.

Going to College With Bipolar Disorder - Part I

The first half of a two-part blog post pertaining to the issues and challenges faced by college-bound high school students with bipolar disorder.

A Simple Trick

I don’t know about you, but one of my bigger problems with dealing with my bipolar disorder – to this day – is organization. Quite frankly, I am one of the most disorganized people you will ever meet. Maybe you are in the same boat.Show More Summary

Life is Good

Recently I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car that read, “Life is Good.” I thought about that today and, you know, life can still be good even if you have bipolar disorder, because life is what you make it. If you have a bad attitude,...Show More Summary

BBC Ouch Podcast-me and Mark Brown talk mental health 

Hello!  ?I was on the BBC Ouch podcast this morning with Mark Brown talking about celebrities coming out with their mental health, disclosure, the changing nature of celebrity, social media, sexism, Zayn Malik, mentalism and tea. And I also talk a bit about this blog (which is now so old it’s in its last year […]

People with bipolar disorder more than twice as likely to have suffered childhood adversity

People with bipolar disorder are more than twice as likely to have suffered childhood adversity. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme depressive and manic states which impair quality of life and increase suicide risk. An urgent need in this field is better understanding of risk factors that can be used to improve detection and treatment.

It’s Not the Answer That Really Matters

Today I’m having trouble coming up with some moving, intellectual, quotable words of wisdom for you to take away with you that would change your lives for the better!  So, instead, I’m going to use someone else’s words:  “It’s not the...Show More Summary

Group psychoeducation offers 'early intervention' for bipolar patients

Structured group psychoeducation sessions could be more successful in treating patients in the early stages of bipolar disorder than standard peer-support offered by the NHS and the voluntary sector, research has found.

Risks of developing mental health problems if brother or sister affected

What is the risk of developing a mental disorder if a brother or sister has the condition? Now a large survey using data from all patients hospitalized in psychiatric wards in Israel, and their siblings, has given some answers: having...Show More Summary

One Thing You Can’t Afford

If you have bipolar disorder, there’s one thing you can’t afford – complacency. Complacency is just too darned close to giving up. And giving up, for us, can really do us in. It can mean that the bipolar wins and we lose, and we just can’t let that happen. Show More Summary

The Loneliness At the End of the Story

Mark’s piece has made me want to try and put something into words that I’ve long struggled to, and that I probably will struggle to now (edit: reading over this, yeah, I did). I am struggling to write generally at the moment. I’ve been writing this blog for almost a decade now (which is fairly […]

The Powerful Magic Of Personal Stories 

By my lovely friend @markoneinfour under: Mental health

Gene hunters find rare inherited mutations linked to bipolar disorder

Using so-called next-generation genome sequencing, researchers have identified 84 potential inherited gene mutations that may contribute to the most severe forms of bipolar disorder. About 5.6 million Americans are estimated to have bipolar disorder, say the authors of a new report.

Study finds average 6-year delay between onset and diagnosis of bipolar disorder

Crucial opportunities to manage bipolar disorder early are being lost because individuals are waiting an average of almost six years after the onset of the condition before diagnosis and treatment, suggests a new report.

New Film: A Light Beneath Their Feet

We recently received an email message from Jeffrey Loeb, a film producer, announcing the release of his new film, A Light Beneath Their Feet. We haven’t had a chance to […]

No Crisis is OK!

You know, sometimes it’s ok that there’s no crisis going on at the moment to deal with! I like it better when things are just going along quietly. I really do. My life is basically stress-free. I worked very hard to get it that way. But it needs to be that way to keep me […] Related posts: Just a "Day" Day Bipolar Disorder – Blessing in Disguise? Back to Work priligy j j

You Never Know

Recently, someone very dear to me ended up in the hospital in a severe bipolar episode. This was the first time she had ever been actually diagnosed with the disorder and, believe it or not, she is in her 60?s. It reminded me of how devious this bipolar disorder can be. Show More Summary

Hiraeth/West Belfast/Home

Been a while, sorry about that. I’ve been in complete survival mode lately, just trying to get through the days and collapsing at night. Not in an entirely unpleasant sense- it’s not a defeated type of exhaustion, just a consuming one. But somewhere in the back of my mind- and often at the forefront- is, […]

Tough Choices for Parents of Adults with Bipolar Disorder

A discussion of the dilemmas faced by parents of adult children with bipolar disorder who perceive there is nothing wrong or elect to forgo help for the illness they live with.

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