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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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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 illness: it’s not about ‘choice’

Every day of our lives we apparently make thousands of choices, from the banal to the relatively momentous. I’ve thought about the concept of ‘choice’ a lot lately, prompted by mental ill-health and the inference that, perhaps, people like me ‘choose’ to be unwell. It rattles me. So now let’s get a few things straight. […]

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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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