Tuesday, 26 February 2013

What's the Point?

That title may sound quite drastic and don't worry, this isn't related to thoughts about my life.  Rather, it's related to my book.  I hit 80,000 words last night but I've been having doubts as to whether or not I should go ahead and actually publish it.  I've said all along that if I publish it, I'll be giving all the profits to charity and this is the only thing that has kept me working on it for a while.  However, I know that even if I do get a publisher, the book isn't going to sell many copies and won't make that much money for charity.  Plus, as it's not going to sell many copies, I'm probably not going to help many, if any, people with it.  So what's the point writing it?

Thursday, 21 February 2013

My Interview on BBC Radio 5 Live

So if you saw my blog earlier or are someone who follows me on Twitter, you'll know that I was approached by Mind and asked to do a short interview on BBC Radio 5 Live.  The interview went really well and the woman who interviewed me was lovely.  The interview itself is below so let me know what you think!

I'll be on the Radio!

Research in the US has found that bullied children can suffer lasting psychological harm as adults.  I agree with it, it's something I have believed ever since accepting that I had a severe mental illness.  The research is here and it's a good read.  It's quite a short article so I was able to read it all without losing concentration.

Monday, 18 February 2013

The Person Behind the Schizophrenia

As most or all of my posts on this blog have been to do with schizophrenia or mental health in general, I've decided to write a post that has nothing to do with schizophrenia. It's a post about me. It's nothing that can reveal who I am, just random facts and stupid things I have done in the past! Just to show that I am a person and not an illness!

Monday, 11 February 2013

How to Enjoy Your Appointments With the Psychiatrist

As my previous post on How to Enjoy your Insanity seems to have been a success, I thought I'd try another joke post. This could end up being a disaster so I apologise in advance if it is!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

What To Do if You're Diagnosed With Psychosis or Schizophrenia

So maybe you've just been to see a psychiatrist and have been diagnosed as having a psychotic or schizophrenic illness.  Or maybe, something has happened, the police were involved and after a spell in hospital, you have been diagnosed with one of these illnesses.  Maybe something completely different has occurred but whatever happened, you have just received the devastating diagnosis of psychosis or schizophrenia.

Schizophrenic Preoccupation

In 2010, after just over a year in hospital, I was moved to an inpatient Psychiatric Rehabilitation Unit.  It was in this Unit that I finally got to the root of my voices and they lost their power.  I learned more about schizophrenia, from its symptoms and causes to what life with schizophrenia can be like.  A lot of the things that I learned in this Unit stay with me to this day.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Dear CMHT...


I wish that I had the courage to send this letter to you in real life.  While I have had some good support from you in the past, as of late it has been appalling.  It has been appalling in the past too and for this reason, I'm highlighting the mistakes, inadequacies and 'wrongdoings' I've experienced with you these past seven years.