Tag Archives: Diagnosis

Some people find psychiatry helpful… and that’s OK

I grew up very close to a Victorian asylum. It began to close in the late 1980s, when I was in my teens, but even as a child I was aware that some of the people I saw wandering the … Continue reading

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Is your understanding of the word depression the same as mine? And how can we ever know? Continue reading

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How not to annoy your patient

Today I saw a rather old Independent article on Twitter. I’m surprised I haven’t come across it before – it’s been out there since 2010 – but now that I’ve seen it, I can’t unsee it. Entitled How not to … 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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The unfashionable truth

In the Daily Mail today UCL’s Dr Joanna Moncrieff warns that bipolar has become a “fashionable” mental health diagnosis, partly because of its apparent link with celebrity. “Once considered rare and seriously disabling,” Moncrieff frets, “bipolar disorder has been transformed … Continue reading

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“I swear I’m bipolar this week”

I’ve been asked by a couple of people if I would write a comment oto an article by Robin Lee that appeared in the Huffington Post UK entitled, “Bipolar…. My Arse.” The article starts out like this: “I shouted at … Continue reading

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People and pickle jars: the pros and cons of diagnostic labels

At a recent mental health event I heard a service user complain, “it seems like you can’t get any treatment on the NHS until you’ve got a diagnosis!” I’ve now been thinking about this for week, and I’m sorry, but … Continue reading

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Are you a green or a magic? The overlap between bipolar and borderline personality disorder

The first diagnosis I received from a psychiatrist, in my early twenties, was of bipolar mood disorder. As I have described elsewhere on this blog, I rejected the diagnosis and the treatment plan, and then avoided psychiatric intervention for around … Continue reading

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