Bipolar

The third of my post about mental health awareness is about another commonly heard but not widely understood term Bipolar.

Those professionally diagnosed with this may often experience the following (I have tried to use simple terms but not simplify the experience):

  • Moments (hours or days) of intense emotion, either high and happy or low and sad
  • Some people may experience psychotic episodes as well
  • Experience emotions in a amplified way.
  • Irritable, distracted, angry, impatient, reckless (do risky activities out of their usual safe zone) or carefree (spend lots of money they don’t have on things they don’t want or wouldn’t usually buy), paranoid, some hallucinations or delusions, depression.

Again I’ve attached a link the MIND’s website. It is an excellent source of information and useful links.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/bipolar-disorder/?gclid=CjwKCAiAqvXTBRBuEiwAE54dcB2_JpJWEHmzGwaOypz0lYLD45iatvGdnsHcZ0jBRoZfrBHLzvMPNRoCjE0QAvD_BwE#.Wn2F2ujFLIU

If you would like to discuss anything Wright Minds can offer counselling therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area.

Schizophrenia

I often get asked about certain common terms within mental health that are used widely but not understood widely. Over the next few posts I will explore their meanings in simple ways (not simplify the illness) in the hope that they can be more widely understood.

I  have already written about depression so I will next discuss schizophrenia. This can often be a frightening term, but in reality it doesn’t have to be. Some of the things experienced by people professionally diagnosed with schizophrenia are:

  • Hallucinations, seeing things others aren’t but not always aware only they are experiencing it.
  • Delusions – sometimes linked to hallucinations and paranoia
  • Paranoia
  • Hearing voices, they aren’t always bad voices.
  • Difficulty thinking logically, or at least a different logic than normally understood.
  • Agitated body movements.
  • Difficulty expressing emotional experiences in conversation or feeling disconnected to emotions..
  • Difficulty in attention/concentration
  • Difficulty in making decisions.
  • Some memory issues
  • Lack of enjoyment in everyday life.
  • Differing or odd beliefs, not shared by others

These are not all experienced by all those diagnosed, but are the general experiences. Hopefully this will help you understand what the term means and what those diagnosed are experiencing. I’ve attached a link to the MIND website where they offer excellent help and advice.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/schizophrenia/?gclid=CjwKCAiAqvXTBRBuEiwAE54dcE3IOzgjkvCSqOFXpTqAjM9z8jIHwUIdlgNt9Uf3qLLGdGhLgKObARoCQlAQAvD_BwE#.Wn1_uujFLIU

If you would like to discuss anything Wright Minds can offer counselling therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area

Caring for the carers


We can often find ourselves in situations we weren’t expecting, one of these can be when a loved one is experiencing mental difficulties. These can range from brief moments of depression and anxiety to longer term illness such as bipolar or schizophrenia. I’ve attached a helpful website https://www.rethink.org/carers-family-friends with carers information but you can always access counselling for yourself, some space and time to discuss your feelings about the well-being of your loved one and how you are reacting. It is likely you will experience many emotions including sadness, anger, hurt, anxiety, fear, confusion, numbness. It is healthy to talk about these feelings, not to be ashamed of any of these, and by helping you feel mentally stronger you can be stronger for your relative.

If you would like to discuss anything Wright Minds can offer counselling therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area

Noticing Depression

The NHS has a very helpful website to help you think about depression. Here they list the things you may experience of you are depressed –  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/clinical-depression/symptoms/ and here they offer suggestions of what you might like to do to help someone you feel may be depressed – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/signs-someone-is-depressed/

Torn pieces of paper with the word “Depression”. Concept Image. Black and White. Close-up.

These feelings can include sadness, anxiety, fear, guilt, panic, worry, lack of any deep emotional feeling or connection, low esteem. These can become physical issues such as lack of energy, aches and pains, (even ear ache or tummy ache in children) altered sleeping patterns, and altered hunger levels.

If you feel that you have experienced depression, or someone you know is depressed counselling can be a really useful way of starting the healing process, it can give you a chance to explore the feelings and experiences you are having, to come to accept them and then start to figure out how you can move forward, to heal them or live around them until they subside.

GP’s can offer help and advice too, as well as anti-depressants. I am often asked which works best. My answer is that depends on the individual, sometimes anti-depressants work well, sometimes counselling is better, other times it is the right combination of both. We are all individual and need to find our own treatment plan.

If you would like to discuss anything Wright Minds can offer counselling therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be a really valuable tool in our busy and stressful lives. I myself find it an incredibly helpful tool to relax, focus and enjoy my life. It has many varied techniques that can work for many people. Wright Minds can help you with the basics.

here is an article exploring mindfulness. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/m/mindfulness

If you would like to discuss anything Wright Minds can offer therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area.

Supervision

Supervision is a fundamental part of counselling, helping students learn, grow and develop skills safely, helping qualified counsellors remain connected, avoid isolation and work safely, but it can be a very valuable commodity in any workplace. It can offer managers the safe space to talk about things they can’t share with colleagues, it can offer professionals someone professional to share ideas with. It can keep us striving for our best. Here is an article about supervision to let you think on the idea.

https://www.scie.org.uk/publications/guides/guide50/introduction.asp

If you would like to discuss anything Wright Minds can offer therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area.

Stress and Teaching

 Here are two very interesting articles relating to stress teachers face today.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/11/epidemic-of-stress-blamed-for-3750-teachers-on-longterm-sick-leave

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/11/teachers-england-suffering-from-so-much-stress-explainer

Stress can lead to all kinds of responses, mentally or physically. It can make us more depressed, angry, sad, unhealthy, tired, unable to sleep, the list goes on. If you are a teacher or stressed for any other reason, counselling could offer you a safe environment each week to help unload your stress, confidentially discussed the issues you are dealing with and maybe learn a few mindfulness techniques to get you through the working day.

If you would like to discuss anything Wright Minds can offer therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area.

Bullying

Bullying isn’t just a school related issue, it is far reaching children bully children, bosses bully employees, friends bully friends, parents bully children, children bully parents, co-workers bully co-workers, partners bully partners, I could list almost endlessly among the various relationships people have. I could start to list reasons people are bullied – age, sex, height, weight, education, ethnicity, intelligence, religion, style, culture, glasses, but the list really adds up to one word DIFFERENCE. Is it fear of difference from the bullies? There is much research into why, but what is important is that regardless of who or why bullying hurts. Counselling can help discuss the thoughts and feelings experienced by those who are bullied and those who bully.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/12/bullying-as-damaging-as-child-abuse-and-needs-same-resources-expert-says  This article discusses how severe bullying can be.

If you would like to discuss anything Wright Minds can offer therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area

Suicide

Suicide is something that can impact on all our lives, whether it is someone we know who has chosen to end their life, or is thinking about suicide, or if it our own thoughts about ending our life. Suicide is not something to be scared to talk about, it affect us all in some way and counselling can be a safe environment to talk about suicidal thoughts or the impact suicide of someone else has had upon you. To find the support you need to move forward safely stay alive counselling can help. Talking about suicide doesn’t have to be scary and there is help and support to allow us to move forward and past those thoughts and find a life after suicidal thoughts or events.

Even famous people can think about suicide and come through it better than before. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/swimming/42755098?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cwlw3xz04egt/mental-health&link_location=live-reporting-story

If you would like to discuss anything Wright Minds can offer therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area.

Depression

I saw this scroll past on my Facebook feed and it spoke to me. It seemed to sum up how it can feel when someone is depressed. Does this image speak to you? How does depression feel for you? If you would like to discuss anything relating to depression, anxiety, stress or grief then Wright Minds can offer therapy to those in and around the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme area.