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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Luca: Living with a borderline

Living with an individual who has borderline personality disorder is… unpredictable.

It’s a fine line between emotional and a mental health disorder I think, especially to the outside world. Identifying the patterns can be difficult but once you see them, they can’t be unseen. There is consistency in the inconsistency. The 2 key factors are:

Time: even if Faye’s mood changes significantly on an hourly basis, there is predictable behaviour on a approximately weekly cycle. There are even larger timescales of months and quarters but I won’t get into that.
Mood state: happy, sad, excitable, eager, inventive, optimistic, depressed, self conscious, daring. The list goes on. They all could happen in a single day but 1 or 2 tend to be what most people see.
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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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Borderline personality disorder and I

I figured a good way to move on from my last post, in which I took a huge leap of faith by opening up about my mental health problems, would be to go into a bit more detail about one of my diagnoses, borderline personality disorder (BPD). Many people will have heard of or know something about depression and/or anxiety, but borderline personality disorder, also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, is a condition you don’t often hear much about. I’m not entirely sure why this is – perhaps because it just isn’t quite as common as many other conditions, therefore garners less attention? What I do know though, is that all 10 of the known personality disorders are highly stigmatised and this may prevent many individuals from speaking up, including myself until now.
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August 30, 2016