Bipolar: Different from the Rest

Bipolar: Different from the Rest It can be easy to think of all mental disorders as the same. It takes a lot of research and experience to really understand the difference and variation between them. Bipolar is unique in the way of mental disorders in its characterization of extreme moods. Still, it is often confused between other diagnoses like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder. Schizophrenia has symptoms which are often more severe than bipolar. These symptoms can be delusions or hallucinations, or false beliefs (though this can also appear in bipolar). Schizophrenia is also not as common as

Schizophrenia – Stigmas and Solutions

Schizophrenia – Stigmas and Solutions Among the vast spectrum of mental illnesses and disorders, there are always ones that have more misunderstandings than the rest. Schizophrenia is one of them. It is fairly rare in the general population, which opens the doors for plenty of misconceptions. First, let me provide a brief overview. Those with schizophrenia experience disorganized thinking in behavior that doesn’t match their surroundings, a sort of loss of touch with reality. Delusions and hallucinations are also common, along with other psychotic symptoms. Of course, these all exist on a spectrum, as any other disorder, and every person

The Definition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 

The Definition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder We may often think of a person with OCD as someone who is constantly washing their hands or having a habit of organizing. But did you know that OCD is more than that? In reality, it is a common and complex disorder, which is often misunderstood. How often have you heard someone say jokingly, ‘I’m OCD because I like to be tidy?’ Does this really mean they have the baggage attached to the disorder? Or is it just a habit without a feeling of intense and uncontrollable anxiety along with it? Those who have

Beautiful Minds

In 1977, the American household singer and entertainer Rosemary Clooney publicly unveiled her own diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder or at least what it was considered to be at the time. The effect was twofold, firstly to give the public an early glimpse of the concept that the mind can be just as unwell as the body and secondly to foster a link in their minds between creative people – or celebrities at the very least – and any kind of mental abnormality. We’d grown up with these people as the eccentrics of our lives, convinced that this spate of abnormality

Complete Indicator Summary

How best to cover the entire system in one article? I suppose now I have a fairly comfortable experience of it, something I’ve been keen to put into perspective relative to what I’ve heard people have gone through. When I talk to these people I’m getting accounts of illnesses and situations entire sciences and cultures away from my own. Illnesses where a single deficiency or deficit in a microscopic chemical in their body irrevocably change every aspect of how they live their life from how I live mine on a second for second basis. And that’s without even taking into

I STARTED A JOKE WHICH STARTED THE WHOLE WORLD CRYING

I STARTED A JOKE WHICH STARTED THE WHOLE WORLD CRYING

They’re an easy target, all these different institutions and experiences I talk about. But, as my critical side is keen to remind me, if I’m in the game of garnering “sympathy” – of using the empathy in my readers to engage with those with conditions like mine and those without. Outside of polemical writing, there’s an arguably even greater tool to humanize our experiences, laughter. Equally piercing a response, equally effective a tool but a much more positive one. I’ve seen said positivity turn fights into hugs, sentiments into motivations and comforts into analgesics. Still, that doesn’t mean a positive

Misconception

I’ve been told I have the perfect number of children, one boy, and one girl, of a similar but not too similar age. Their infancy seems like some contrived prequel movie to the life I lead with them now. A period spent arguing over school selections and caretaking arrangements for a barely sentient blob that kind of looks like a person but always spills cereal everywhere. For most mother’s is usually as simple as your pride winning out over these frustrations but Post-Partum Depression complicates them massively, sometimes to an even fatal degree. After all, most of what we have

Change in the House

World mental health day is a day when the things that dictate my private life on a daily basis are brought to the fore of public discussion. I’ve written before about how most of the way in which people go from suspecting they’re ill, to being diagnosed, to having their life changed by a medical intervention, is actually framed to keep mentally ill people away from the general public and to make them conduct their treatment and their lives surreptitiously to one degree or another. Now, sixty-odd years after the last lunatic asylum closed, the public eye has returned to

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Emancipation

I’ve been writing since I first successfully received treatment around half my life ago. I was hospitalized at the time and the subject of my independence was foremost in my mind. It wasn’t until years later, however, when I was immersed in married life, that I realized that the case for being independent and autonomous must continually be made at several stages in life. For so many of the women I knew, married life had denied them a life of their own, or at the very least, a vocation they could call theirs. Sooner rather than later, I made sure