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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 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

Can robots ever replace psychiatrists?

Last week I was lucky enough to be on a panel for a Medfest event. Medfest is a medical film festival hosted at medical schools all around the country during February and March. Audiences at each event see the same … Continue reading

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Listen with your eyes

I’ve been around Twitter for while. I joined up in a personal capacity almost seven years ago, although I probably didn’t really get going for a couple of years. I became “@BipolarBlogger” somewhat later, when this blog got going in … Continue reading

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Living with depression is a bit like being trapped inside Pandora’s box. You are in a dark place, surrounded by guilt, shame, anger and despair, by envy of those who are mentally healthy, by self-hatred despite your achievements, by loneliness … Continue reading

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I was wrong

I’m not tremendously good at admitting when I’m wrong – indeed, my partner would be overwhelmed with amusement at the suggestion I do it at all. But I’m admitting it now: I was wrong, dead wrong, about being in recovery. … Continue reading

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I can’t even…

…blog Think. Hide my distress from the children. Remember doing things. Pick up the phone. Look forward to things. Go outside unless I really have to. Work. See how to go on from here.  

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The dopamine delusion: why I think there’s more to it than brain chemistry

So, a few months ago I was sitting in my psychiatrist’s office, telling him about THEM. I was crying a bit, although not as much at the urgent GP appointment two days previously. That was before I’d put my antipsychotics … Continue reading

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The unsayable

I’m hoping this post will be therapeutic, cathartic. I won’t be crafting, or even editing, it much because I just need to get it out. I’ve tried to say bits and pieces of this to friends, and to my partner … Continue reading

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A careful blooming Christmas

I don’t know whether you’re familiar with Raymond Briggs‘ Father Christmas (he’s on the front cover of the Christmas Radio Times this year). If you’re not, you’ve been missing out. The original book was published the year before my birth … Continue reading

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Guest post: The long journey ahead

Today my friend Golden Ink, who has supported me so much in recent months, shares her fears about her mental health and the conclusions emerging as 2013 nears its end. It’s coming up to Christmas and I’d like to ask … Continue reading

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When we don’t know what we don’t know: the “forced C-section” case

A heavily pregnant woman with bipolar – let’s call her A – is sectioned after a panic attack. Social workers, unable to wait until the child is born, demand that it be delivered early, ready to snatch it the moment … Continue reading

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