The Journey To Bipolar Diagnosis

As a child I remember not being able to control my moods. I would get angry for no apparent reason, I would cry hysterically when I was angry. When in this state I would self harm to try stop the mental pain. I self harmed in secret from an early age, from possibly about 10 years old. Share This:

A year on Venlafaxine

I have been taking Venlafaxine for a year now, I thought this would be a good time to discuss how I have been on them. I was prescribed these for both depressive episodes and anxiety. I started off on 75mg a day and was increased to 225mg a day. I was taking 75mg on a morning and 150mg on a night. These didn’t really work at first, I was still having depressive episodes but when I was increased to 225mg a day they worked like a dream for my depressive episodes and worked relatively well for my anxiety. Share This:

Kimberleys experience with CBT

I’ve recently re-started CBT. I’m not a newbie at this. It’s the third time I’ve been through this process. Having gone through the process before I’ve had a real learning curve about what to expect and how to best use the time with the therapist I think the first time I didn’t know what to expect, so just went along with what the therapist was telling me. I didn’t spend the time outside of the sessions working on what she’d told me. The second stint was better, but I really only dealt with the surface issues and the things that were bothering me at that exact time. And you need to probe below the surface to get the best results. Share This:

Mental Health – Jamies Story

December 2015, i was stood on a bridge ready to jump, I had decided that was my day to die. Instead of jumping I decided I was going to become an actor. January 2016, i walked into The Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough with apprehension and a little bit of fear. I was looking for Bill Rodgers, i had previously had a long telephone conversation with Bill. Bill runs a theatre company for people who either suffer with, have suffered with, care for someone or anyone connected to mental health. Share This:

Mental Health – Harrys Story

I woke up early. I had my coffee in the kitchen. I showered and dressed myself without outside encouragement. I left the house and took the bus alone. I went about my day, had lunch in Costa, met friends and came home. Enjoyed dinner with my family. I sat in the lounge and enjoyed some television before going to bed and falling asleep soon after. Today was a good day. I was able to take part in life. Share This:

CBT for Anxiety – Part Two

If you read my last blog post you would know I started CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for my Anxiety and issues around this. If you haven’t you can catch up with that here. I have recently had my first proper session of CBT, the previous sessions were discussing how my Anxiety affects my daily life. Whereas I have now started the actual therapy. We started by discussing what the session would entail and how long I felt I would need for each section. Now i totally understand why this is done so that we don’t go over the time limit but at the beginning it’s hard to imagine how long each conversation will need. Share This:

CBT for Anxiety

I have recently started Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for my Anxiety and other related Psychological issues. I was referred for this by my Psychologist who believes it will be a good form of treatment for me. I am having the therapy with somebody who I haven’t met before which I aren’t too impressed about. I like to stay with the people who already know me and I feel comfortable with as it always takes a while to settle down with somebody new. I totally understand though that he was probably the first available therapist and the man I already know may be booked up for longer. Share This: