Category Archives: Lessons learned

Twenty three years and counting

When I first had to stop drinking and using drugs 23 years ago I was well aware that even though I knew that I was looking at certain death if I carried on a large part of me didn’t want … Continue reading

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On being @Bristol52

For those of you who don’t do or understand Twitter some of this won’t make sense but briefly Twitter is a microblogging network where you express thoughts and opinions in 140 characters or less per “tweet”. It’s a place where … Continue reading

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The child within and customer service…

I think it’s fair to say that I will never be marked out as an even tempered angel. It’s something that I’ve been more than aware of all my life but have never really understood why. Certain situations trigger an … Continue reading

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I forget…

Today is Sunday and I’m sat in bed this writing this. My thighs are aching desperately from the squats I accidentally did whilst photographing war graves in a local cemetery on Thursday. Apart from the clear recollection of a couple … Continue reading

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Bye, bye lithium

When I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder it was so long ago it was called Manic Depression and I think that it’s a much more vivid name. It conjures up the extremes in words that people understand without masking … Continue reading

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Mental health charities – the tail wagging the dog?

I joined a new mental health forum which is run by one of the large mental health charities. I’ve posted a few times, shoved some photos on there and chatted to a few people. Shortly after joining the thing that … Continue reading

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Obsession and compulsion

“Spoonie” is a term that some disabled people use to describe themselves.  It comes from an analogy that someone used to described how energy and capability is like being given a fixed amount of spoons each day and when you … Continue reading

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On being discharged from the mental health system

I’ve been seeing a consultant psychiatrist for about 10 years.  I had a catastrophic crash and was given an urgent appointment.  Three days later I was sat in a room with a friendly man who pitched his questions carefully to … Continue reading

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Predictions, poverty and politics

Being told you have bipolar disorder doesn’t mean you have been condemned to a life of poverty before landing in a pauper’s grave. It is a diagnosis not an exercise in fortune telling: it does not have to come true. … Continue reading

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Of colons and paranoia

Towards the end of June this year I caught a virus. I had three days of fever, headache and diarrhoea. When the virus was gone the fever and headache disappeared with it but the diarrhoea remained and, to a lesser … Continue reading

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