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About purplepersuasion

30 something service user, activist, writer and mother living with bipolar disorder. Proud winner of the Mark Hanson Prize for Digital Media at the Mind Media Awards #VMGMindAwards 2013. Winner of the World in Mentalists Mood Disorder blog 2012. Regular guest blogger for the International Bipolar Foundation http://www.internationalbipolarfoundation.org/ Expert by Experience working with Mind training department. Working on The Incoming Tide, a bipolar memoir. Find me on Twitter @BipolarBlogger or at my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BipolarBlogger

Together: supporting my child when we both have mental health difficulties

I’ve always worried about my son Max. Actually, that’s not quite true. He was the sunniest baby I have ever met, almost never crying so that when he did, I knew there was something really wrong (usually an ear infection). … Continue reading

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Look down: the benefits of online friendships

So, there’s a guy called Gary Turk who’s made what is being hailed as a “life changing” video. Look Up is about the dangers of being constantly attached to our devices and the evils of social media and is being widely shared, … Continue reading

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Ten things not to say to a suicidal person

In July 2011 I wrote a post entitled, “Ten things not to say to a depressed person.” It was the first piece on this blog to attract a large audience and I own much of my blogging success to that … Continue reading

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The Adjustment Bureau model of psychiatry? No thanks

Lately this blog feels more like a diary than anything else. This is partly because I’m not doing much work or activism (although I guess meeting with the Secretary of State for Health and 11 other people with lived experience … Continue reading

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Dude, where’s my cast?

[TW: Suicidal thoughts] It’s very hard to explain what’s been happening in my care since I last posted, so try and bear with me. I have made a lot of visits to Home Treatment Team nurses, all of who have … Continue reading

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Step by step and day by day: enter the Home Treatment Team

[TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE] I’m not really sure what this post is. An update? An explanation? Perhaps it’s more of an exploration of what is happening to me right now. Regular readers of my posts and tweets can hardly fail to … Continue reading

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Trying to believe

  I have to believeThat life has meaningSomehowThat I am useful hereSometimesThat I make small differencesSomewhere I have to believeThat I need to stay hereFor some timeThat all this teaches me Something Excerpt from Ann Thorp’s Belief (set to music as the … Continue reading

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A mental health fairy tale

The following is, sadly, a work of fiction. It’s based on the kind of excellent physical rehabilitation care I have seen elderly friends experience, where the focus is on as swift as possible a return to wellness. It also draws … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: Awakening

Hello, Golden Ink again. Been dithering on writing this post but wanted to follow up my last post. Winter was difficult, I had to fight to get seen by doctors when I was feeling my lowest but eventually I was … Continue reading

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Rapid cycling

In the past few weeks I’ve been struggling to keep up with myself. My moods, which usually last weeks, if not months, are flipping back and forth between hypomania and severe depression, leaving me feeling entirely out of control. It’s … Continue reading

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