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Still Kit

For those who follow me you might well have noticed quite an absence of late. I refuse to count the days since I last blogged as it might well depress me once more, and much prefer to bask in the soft glow of feeling more positive about life right now. This too will pass, but […]

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Seasonality – or rather the lack of it!

We’ve all heard of SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder), and having been born in the dreary climate of northern England, I can testify to the debilitating effects of grey weather and short winter days. Add to this the ‘health lobby’s’ continual mantra about the damage of the sun’s rays and little wonder the lack of […]

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What we have here is a failure to communicate.

The above is a quote from the film Cool Hand Kit. Ok ….. Cool Hand Luke. Sadly Luke – Paul Newman ( a poor substitute for me on the looks front ) takes on the prison system, allowing himself to become a hero for the inmates, who look to him to voice and act on […]

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Mission Impossible – Bipolar Protocol

      Your mission – should you choose to accept it, is to conquer and manage your Bipolar!  A tough call? Well its far better than self destructing in five seconds wouldn’t you say?   If you are not managing your Bipolar – well maybe you should take on the mission. I did. It took […]

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The Pit and the Pendulum

    Recovering from a bad depressive episode, I was minded of the Edgar Allan Poe classic ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ and in particular the opening words, which summed up where I was at: "I was sick—sick unto death with that long agony"   That is as about as close to how I felt as […]

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Online Disinhibition – a plus for Mental Health?

  Whilst there has been, quite rightly, a focus Cyber Bullying and Trolls, there is a counterbalance evident where the anonymity offered by the web encourages people to shed inhibitions and talk about their problems to comparative strangers. It’s worth considering why that is for a moment. Essentially one can characterise it thus:- You can’t […]

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The ‘Availability Heuristic’ that says maybe it’s not so bad

   Whisper it very softly, but the above term was, I think, coined by psychologists, but haste ye not away at that revelation – bear with me! First a cod description of this tongue twister: it occurs when people make judgements about the probability of events based on what examples easily spring to mind. To plagiarise […]

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The Turning Point – did I see the White Light?

          People often ask me where or when my Damascene conversion took place that enabled me to step back from the brink and share my experiences of living with Bipolar. That’s easy, and as usual with me, it is shrouded in comic sentiment. I tried the painless method of car exhaust […]

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Locus of Control – What’s your view?

            The term Locus of Control - LOC – was propounded 60 years ago by Julian Rotter, and does not refer to Bipolar or even Mental Illness per se, but seeks to determine one’s approach to life for want of a better description If you believe in fate and that life […]

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Special Needs? – are we sure?

            When I began writing about life with Bipolar, I made a pact with myself not to stray off message, or be tempted into territory where my experience/expertise gave me limited credibility. That opening prompts the word but ……… and you’d be right. And maybe I’m not straying that much […]

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