Hypomania is the higher mood for Bipolar 2. It is a less severe version of mania and doesn't always require hospital intervention. It is possible to remain in touch with reality for the most part during a hypomanic episode - it is also possible to let go of reality enough to cause concern. It's almost … Continue reading The Many Faces and Phases of Hypomania
In the pub one December evening in 2014 a friend and I decided it would be a really good idea to sign up for Tough Mudder. We decided it would be fun, it would be a real laugh and a challenge that was totally do-able. We 100% had it in the bag already, after a … Continue reading That Tough Mudder for MIND
When anxiety gets a grip on you it becomes very difficult to reason with the impending doom that feels like you have no choice to think about and feel in response to it. Lately I have been experiencing perhaps one of the worst bouts of anxiety I have had in a very long time. So … Continue reading The Panic Proliferation Situation
I am dancing a dance on the beam of sanity, dancing between madness and stillness. Losing my balance I wobble, until bam, one foot in front of the other, one step at a time, I am moving forward through time, space and life. The tight rope thins out, and more skill is needed to navigate … Continue reading Dancing on the Beam of Sanity: Avoiding a Crisis
In 2012 I was very much living in the land of mental illness limbo. I had been through a lengthy assessment process in 2011, from which came my initial diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder. In 2012 I was waiting for treatment funding. This led to a second process of assessments, diagnoses, funding panels and then … Continue reading Voodoo to Witchcraft: A Poem on Dissociation
|Strangers' Response| Unfortunately human nature has it that many of our unfavourable traits and reactions are naturally ingrained, such as that of automatic judgement, and that old line, “never judge a book by its cover” but regardless, we do anyway. We also automatically judge people within seconds of feasting our eyes upon their tatty clothes, … Continue reading Shut Your Mouth: 5. Nod And A Smile At Their Disgrace
[Further Familial Response] Everyones family is eccentric. We all have the one who here or there, this or that, we the normal ones, pull fun at and joke about when said family pain in the ass is either out of earshot, or usually hard of hearing. The way they peer at you from behind jam-jar … Continue reading Shut Your Mouth: 4. Your Pastry Swished Words. My Overcast Shadow.