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
I just ate a sandwich and I am drinking a cup of tea. I am in a public place and although I'm not talking to anyone around me, I just ate a sandwich. I don't have an eating disorder anymore. I don't have a digestive disorder. There is nothing physically stopping me from eating, but … Continue reading A Crisis, A Sandwich and The Small Wins
A depressive episode has a way of making anyone go from actively living their life to merely existing in a matter of days or weeks. The ability to do what you love? Zapped! The ability to get up in the morning? Zapped! An interest in doing anything other than staying in bed living life through … Continue reading The Eye of the Storm: The Grateful Aftermath
I've been depressed as of late. However, after about a week of sitting around moping about it I have decided to implement my coping strategies in order to try and get through this bout of depression, with the help of my team. I am due to see the psych for a med review, but there … Continue reading Lists That Beat Depression
When we enter the mental health system it is very difficult to maintain the ability to remember who we are aside from our diagnoses and out symptoms, especially as this is mainly what the doctors talk about - I mean, it's their job right? However, in our personal lives, we are so much more than … Continue reading You are NOT a Label
No one wants anyone to become institutionalised. However, the problem is that sometimes a lengthy hospital admission is necessary. The risk run with this is that you can inadvertently become instituionalised and when it comes to the time of coming home, it can be difficult to settle in again at home. I had this … Continue reading Coming Home After Hospital
It became established prior to march that I'd possibly had manic episodes. Last year in the summer prior to my depression I'd had a brilliant period where I'd had a well being epiphany. Everything was wonderful, and how could I not see how brilliant the world was before? And how amazing was I? So I … Continue reading Songs of My Journey: 2015, I’m a Fucking Superhuman, You’ll See!