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
For years I had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I dissociated, and at one time in my life, I engaged with many of the unhelpful coping mechanisms that accompany the disorder: binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, drinking, cutting, and overdoses. I was constantly trying to understand, and ease the immense pain that I felt from … Continue reading Switching Psychiatric Labels: And All The Resulting Qualms.
Going to the doctor about any illness can be difficult. It is, after all, a stressful ordeal because when you're going to the doctor it means that you are feeling unwell in some way. The same rings true for visiting your GP for the first time about a mental health problem. All sorts of questions … Continue reading Visiting the GP for your Mental Health
For years I have been sad. My life for a long time has been hit by extended periods of what felt like perpetual doom. When talking to my psychiatrist about my low moods, he concluded that I had a gloomy personality and that medication would never help me. He was wrong. I knew he was … Continue reading Documenting The Happy: Life’s Small Offerings