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Misdiagnosis in psychiatry: Where do we go from here?

Anyone who blogs will tell you the key is to keep it short. OK, failed on that one. On a regular basis, as it goes (unaccustomed as I am to being anything but verbose). You’re also supposed to update often. Failed again. In fact, this may be my biggest blogging fail yet. In a matter […]

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Single-Parenting and Mental Health

The other day my eight-year-old son caught me dancing in the bathroom. “Not that you’d ever want to, but if you did that in a nightclub you’d probably catch a man.” Hilarity filled the house, as it so often does. His daily pint-sized views on life generally guarantee that. As it’s Mother’s Day today, I’m […]

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Anti-psychotic meds & ‘offsetting’: can metformin help us ‘have it all’?

Recently I’ve been teaching my eight-year-old about the principle of ‘offsetting’. “If we pay 99p for a second-hand book rather than £7.99 for a new one, you’ll still have enough money left for a small Lego set,” I tell him. He likes it because it feels like he’s constantly getting a bonus (“I get two […]

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Mental health and laughter: a pathway out of depression?

‘Puerile’. That’s how one of my best friends recently described my sense of humour. I like to think I’m a bit more sophisticated than that, but on reflection, no – it’s a fair cop. I have a remote controlled fart machine which has probably used up more batteries than any other gadget in my house. […]

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Cave-dwelling: depression, ‘wobbles’ and seeing the light

Once, as an outdoorsy, devil-may-care teenager, I went caving. Wading through the black, up to my nose in chilly water, I found it thrilling…until I had to shimmy my way along a horizontal passageway just inches wider than my body and I thought I was going to be stuck in the cave forever. I got […]

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Bipolar snakes and ladders – what’s your visual image?

‘It’s a slippery slope, this bipolar stuff’. That’s how actor Michael Douglas recently described wife Catherine Zeta-Jones’ bipolar. Yup, definitely slippery. As someone who has struggled with bipolar disorder, I can vouch for that. But it’s something else, too. Waiting for the bell to ring in my son’s school playground recently, it struck me what […]

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Mental health medication: is it always A Bad Thing?

‘So when can you come off your medication, now you’re feeling so much better?’, someone asked me recently. ‘Well…um, never,’ I replied. ‘It’d be good if you could come off it at some point,’ they said. ‘But I’ll always have bipolar – why would I want to do that?’ I said, trying hard to keep […]

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Mental health diagnosis: relief or millstone?

After my last blog entry, one of my good friends commented, “I reckon you should say whether you mean losing friends before or after diagnosis. Now you’ve got a diagnosis, it explains why you were a bit random and crazy before.” Fair point. I would imagine there’s something very different about seeing a friend’s ‘random […]

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Self-help books & depression: can they really help?

Each night, my six-year-old and I dip into Penguin’s ‘Pocket Jokes’ book to go to sleep on a laugh (it’s life-affirming – try it). Current favourite: What did the 0 say to the 8? ‘Nice belt!’ The other book I’ve got on the go right now is about depression, the antithesis of a book of […]

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Give Bipolar UK your coffee money – please!

OK, so times are hard and very few of us have avoided being hit by the recession in some way. For us journalists, it’s the shedding of jobs and the ever-shrinking pot available to pay freelancers (one of my editors described us journalists as being ‘on top of a shrinking iceberg’). When you’re at the […]

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