Guest blog: Mental Hillness

A good friend of mine, with whom (and 3 lovely ladies) I helped set up the Facebook mental health support group ‘Muddled Minds‘, wrote this poem and agreed to let me share it with you all!┬áIn my opinion it’s brilliant, and captures the ups and downs and the speed of particular illnesses very well!
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Guest blog: Living with bipolar & schizoaffective disorder

I’m very excited to introduce my first guest blogger, Jessica. Jessica is diagnosed with bipolar type 1 (depression and full blown mania), plus schizoaffective disorder which can leave her struggling with hallucinations and delusions, particularly when she is experiencing mania. She has very kindly written about some of her experience for me to share with you.
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Seeking mental health guest bloggers!

When I started thinking about reopening Bonkers, I fully intended for it to be a platform from which not only could I write about my own life stories, opinions and the like, but also raise awareness about mental health conditions. However I’ve been struggling to write any pieces without them feeling like I’m just regurgitating symptom lists or things that I’ve learnt through my masters! I’ve been wracking my brains for the past few days to think of a solution, until I finally had a EUREKA moment in the shower just now. Guest bloggers! What better way to raise awareness of what particular mental health conditions are and how they effect people, than by having someone who actually lives with those conditions say what it feels like and how they experience it day to day! I could start the post with a bit of information about the condition in general, and then hand it over to someone who can speak from experience what it actually entails for them as an individual! A ‘living with’ blog series as it were!
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