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The Blues and Vapour Brigade

February 29, 2012

Henrietta Ross

What does one write about when the motivation to write has gone? I wish I knew!Though is it just my motivation that is lacking? Well no, to be perfectly honest it is everything, my mind appears to have been assaulted from all sides, it is essentially under attack from the 'The Blues and Vapours Brigade', a secret adjunct to 'The Manic Monkeys',...
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Charlotte Walker

Getting any psychiatric diagnosis inevitably leads to a lot of questions. Once someone has been given a clinical label, it’s not surprising that they begin to wonder: why do I have this disorder? What’s the prognosis? What are the treatment options? What will my family and friends think? What does this mean for my work like? But getting diagnosed...
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Winter Soul

February 6, 2012

Jen T.

Dedicated to the winters of my soul - because hibernation is as much a part of life as hyper-nation :)I used to fear the crashNow I know it can be more like a deeper diveSee different thingsOr see things differentlyFeel differentlyOr feel nothing at allJust because I sometimes don't feelDoes not mean I am not real
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Charlotte Walker

I’ve been a little hypomanic again lately. It started, as it usually does, with a reduced need for sleep – even continuing to take my usual doses of lithium and quetiapine (Seroquel) I began to have difficulty drifting off, and started to find myself wide awake hours after the antispychotics have usually kicked in. When I did get to sleep, I found...
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The Matter of Sensitivity

January 16, 2012

Elizabeth

Until my father returned to school to finish his education for the ministry,I lived in the distant rural, from which I learned many lessons of living. Theselessons came easily to a sensitive mind, the point I wish to discuss as an earlymemory of knowing I was “different,” before “bipolar “ was even a contsructto me.I was very subject to press at...
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Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

January 16, 2012

Henrietta Ross

There is a symptom of Bipolar Disorder or specifically a symptom sometimes synonymous with Mania that many suffer from, a challenging, difficult and perhaps embarrassing symptom that often does not get the recognition or attention it deserves. Sometimes we ourselves may be reluctant to speak about it for a variety of reasons, perhaps because of...
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I called the cops on a distant relative once, after he told his mother and sister that he had nothing to live for, that he felt close to no one and that going to the desert to ride his ATV held no pleasure anymore. He went to the door, telling them they may never see him again. He had threatened suicide before, once while holding a gun in the...
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Jen T.

Recently I discovered that the medication I've been on since 2008 (Epilim) causes a side effect (cysts in ovary) that is somewhat worrisome given the results of a recent health screening (I have a few cysts that are a few cms in size) and my maternal family history.Don't want to go into too much more detail, but suffice to say that I wanted to...
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Charlotte Walker

This year, Christmas is going to be a low key affair. My children will be spending it with their dad (by tradition, we take turns). My step-daughters are both at overseas universities, and have decided that with Christmas holidays short and air fares high, they will be staying put until summer. So, while the season will no doubt involve numerous...
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Lucifer’s Delight!

December 21, 2011

Henrietta Ross

The impending doom is upon me! I thought that perhaps he had forgotten about me, lost the mysterious, but essential keys to my Soul - whilst in his stupor, the jangling of metal against the greasy drain, its sound unwelcome to my ears, as he staggers about the endless dimly lit streets. He is like the favoured Ripper with his unquenched,...
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