Let’s Talk About Suicide.

On February the 11th 1963, the poet and novelist, Sylvia Plath took her own life. Her two children, Frieda and Nicholas were upstairs in their beds, as their beloved mother, downstairs, put her head in the oven and removed herself forever from their lives. We know Plath struggled with mental illness, perhaps none more so … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Suicide.

We Need To Talk About Psychosis.

The romantic poet, John Clare spent most of the last years of his life in an asylum. Life had been hard as it was for many in the eighteenth century. Born into agricultural poverty, known as the 'peasant poet,' Clare had a great love of nature, of the unspoilt landscape that surrounded him, the changing … Continue reading We Need To Talk About Psychosis.

Nine Things Not To Do To Someone With Mental illness.

It's World Mental Health Day. I have to admit this year I might have forgotten, if I hadn't been on Facebook and noticed a friend saying she was trying to wrote something. I, in the interests of inspiration, then asked my friends what I should write about and found myself swamped with ideas. As I couldn't cover all of their insightful suggestions, I decided to pick just one. So here it is.

My Response to Channel 4’s ‘Being Bipolar’

I admit, whenever I see an advert for a programme about Bipolar Disorder on television, I am filled with anticipation. Sometimes this anticipation is rewarded, sometimes not, such is life. On Wednesday evening, a programme aired on Channel 4 called Being Bipolar. If you are based in the UK and haven’t watched it, you can … Continue reading My Response to Channel 4’s ‘Being Bipolar’

Borderline Personality Disorder; A Dumping Ground of a Diagnosis!

The term Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was first coined by Adolf Stern in 1938, to describe what he percieved to be patients who were suffering from a mild form of Schizophrenia and thus were seen to be on the borderline between neurosis and psychosis. In the 1960s and 70s these ideas changed, now rather than … Continue reading Borderline Personality Disorder; A Dumping Ground of a Diagnosis!