Mental Health Support

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Ah...  that troublesome word :'mood'.... What is it exactly?....

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I think I spoke too soon. There I was wondering whether I would soon need to decrease my medication and the old depression decided to kick in BIG time, just to remind me of what I would be like without the tablets.

Over the last two days, I have started to feel locked behind bars again, a prisoner of my bi-polar disorder.

I know only too well that my illness is two things:

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I have discovered this during my long illness: I like my own company. I like being with me. I am OK to be with. 

This may seem obvious to some - overstated to others - but to me it is still a source of joyous surprise.

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I have reached an interesting point in my recovery. I say 'interesting' but I am not being totally honest: I should really say 'scary'. It is scary because I have been there before AND because I have never been there before.

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I am very proud to start 2010 with a post by a guest writer, Susan White. Susan's contact details can be found in the by-line at the bottom of her article. Please do visit her link so that you can get a feel for what Susan usually writes about.

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This afternoon I had a lovely experience. I was invited to a Christmas Lunch organised by Hear-Our-Voice, a Mental Health Action Group in the town where I live. The people who run Hear-Our-Voice are a friendly dedicated bunch who certainly know how to make somebody feel welcome.

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Should you wish to obtain information about Bi-Polar Disorder from the NHS, please be aware that the following booklets are available free of charge:

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I really like the list of 10 Common Myths about Clinical Depression written by Angela Peterson who is from Houston in the USA.

Although it is written by an American for an American audience, the points Angela makes are totally valid for anybody in our western world and probably Australia as well.

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Following the devastation caused by the recent earthquake in Italy, I have been wondering and worrying too.

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