Being Bipolar – 1 of 3 – Every person is different – #Channel4 #Bipolar

Regarding the UK’s Channel 4 programme, “Being Bipolar” that was shown on 6th March 2015:

I tend to agree with journalist, Yvette Caster, as she shares her personal experiences as a person diagnosed as bipolar. Yvette writes,

The talking cure can help to an extent but, for me at least, the doing cure is far more effective.

As in taking dance classes to cheer me up, singing, going to bed before 11pm, avoiding too much alcohol, not smoking, never taking drugs, taking baths, meditating, swimming, walking and, crucially, working.

This last bit of ‘therapy’ has helped me more than any amount of sitting in a room with a lady with inadvisable style choices attempting to answer personal questions ever could.

Regular, productive activity that gives you a sense of achievement and purpose is crucial to happiness, bipolar or no.

Yvette’s full article is here: London-Metro-Newspaper

A 40 second preview on youtube:

Habit or Self-Harm?

The mind is a curious thing. We can know what is good for us and yet keep doing exactly the opposite.

It is as if somewhere in us there is a need to fail, a need to keep being unwell or a fear of what will happen if we were to become a lot fitter.

We all seem to have habits that hinder our recovery. For many it is smoking or drinking alcohol, while there are so many other ways in which we seem to choose to hurt ourselves.

For me, it is usually eating too much or eating things that I know will harm me. I have decided this has gone on too long so I am teaming up with Maria from a social enterprise called Mind’s Well to better understand why it is that I and millions of others can get stuck in a loop something like this:

self-harm or habit

I want to know the latest thinking on how we break-out of such loops whether these are described as self-harming or habitual*?

If you have suffered from bipolar or for that matter anything at all then you may be interested in one of Maria’s courses such as:

BPS Accredited Training on Managing Self-harming Behaviours in York on 24th September 2014

*Note: Many people manage to go for long periods without self-harming and would not describe their self-harm as at all habitual.

Rethinking Bipolar Disorder at Beyond Meds – Monica Cassani

It seems I am not the only one encouraging the rethinking of bipolar disorder…

http://beyondmeds.com/2014/08/04/rethinking-bipolar-disorder-3/

 

No health without mental health

“No health without mental health” is a really catchy slogan that most people seem to grasp quickly. This is a first class article about what this means in the UK at this time, with mental health estimated to be costing £105,000,000,000/year!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9928516/Its-time-to-end-the-NHS-bias-against-mental-health.html

Meeting and working with health professionals who know mental health and  physical health are inseparable has opened our eyes to a new way of thinking that is beyond the current “no health without mental health” slogan.

We want to work towards ending the strict segregation of physical health and mental health that delays treatment and excludes many who are labelled as mentally ill from essential National Health Services.

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