Category Archives: Mental Health

My blog now has a new home!

I’ve now got my own website at weirdsid.co.uk. The blog content is the same and will, of course, continue to be added to but there will be no new posts here. This blog will still be live though so I’ll … Continue reading

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The joys of having an invisible disability

I have Manic Depression which also goes under the less descriptive but more popular name of Bipolar Disorder. This illness encroaches on my life to a lesser or greater degree every day but it never leaves me alone. In over … Continue reading

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If I’m going to be labelled…

There’s been a sense of discontentment within in me or a long time and it’s all about the label I’ve had bestowed upon me. Don’t get me wrong, in this case the label is very useful. It gives me an … Continue reading

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Me and my thyroid…

One of the problems with using lithium for long periods is that it can badly affect the way your thyroid works. It can be destructive and it was one of the things that worried me the most when I was … Continue reading

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How I survived the ESA/WCA process

Today a brown envelope dropped through the letter box. I wasn’t expecting anything from the Department of Work & Pensions’ (DWP) so I knew what the letter was and I was right. In the middle of December last year (2013) … Continue reading

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The art of self neglect…

Self neglect is a difficult subject to write about and even more difficult to come to terms with. I’ve always smudged the words and said that I don’t look after myself very well but the fact is, no matter what … Continue reading

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Managing anxiety doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist…

I can’t remember a time when I haven’t had anxiety in my life to a lesser or a greater degree.  Anxiety has, at times, left me unable to eat solid foods, take routes to different places that don’t involve crossing … Continue reading

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Life after lithium, an update

Last year, after about 20 years of using lithium as a mood stabiliser, I decided to stop taking it.  I had got to a point where I was taking it less and less and when having tests to assess the … Continue reading

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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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Last night I met a group of strangers I already knew…

Last night I found myself in a pub that I hadn’t been in for over 20 years. It had changed clientele since I’d been in there. 20 years ago it had been a little rough around the edges being down … Continue reading

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