Articles

The articles below were written by members of our forum. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just ask on the forum. You’re almost guaranteed to get an answer within hours!

Anxiety

Everyone will experience anxiety in their life. However, if anxiety gets in the way of life, it can become a problem. Find out about common anxiety problems such as panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, social anxiety, phobias, and PTSD.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) is characterised by periods of unusually high and low levels of mood, energy and activity. Find out more about bipolar disorder and where you can get more help and information.

Bipolar Disorder – A Personal Experience

Written by one of our forum staff members, this article explores what it’s like to live with bipolar disorder, and what treatments are available.

Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs

Many visitors to our forum are asking for information about coming off psychiatric drugs. We have put together a list of some excellent resources, including the comprehensive Coming Off website.

Dementia

Have you ever wondered how to best support a person with dementia? This article, which was written by a former Senior Nursing Sister for elderly people with complex needs, provides some great tips and insights!

Depression

Depression is often referred to as “the common cold of mental disorders” because it is so prevalent. This article explains the symptoms of depression, and what you can do if you think you are depressed.

Visual hallucination

Hallucinations

This page contains some basic information about visual and auditory hallucinations and other unusual sensory perceptions. It touches on the question of why people hear voices and whether recovery is possible.

Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices

When it comes to hearing voices, there are similar patterns that can be seen regarding the overall themes and patterns of behaviour of the voices. Find out more about different types of voices and how to live with them.

Hearing Voices – My Journey

This personal account of hearing voices from one of our forum members describes their experiences with mental health services, different treatments, and what they have learned along the way.

Mental Health Services in the UK

Written by Dr Andy Montgomery, a psychiatrist who has worked in the NHS since 1991, this article explains how to navigate your way through the British Mental Health Services and access NHS mental health care.

Mindfulness

One of our forum staff members describes her experience with learning mindfulness and shares a useful mindfulness exercise.

Parents with child

Parenting With a Mental Illness

Having a mental illness doesn’t mean you can’t be a good parent. This short guide to being a parent with a mental illness provides some great tips and places where you can turn to for even more support.

Psychosis and the Older Person

This article is for anyone who needs more knowledge in order to challenge or just talk to professionals on behalf of their older relative or friend with psychosis.

PTSD – A Personal Experience

Rosi Reed, whose son Nico died unexpectedly in a supported living home, describes her personal experience with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Believing to be the devil

Schizophrenia – A Personal View

There are many ways to view schizophrenia and each person has a highly individual way to perceive what it means for them. Here are the views of one a person who has contributed to our forum.

Self-Harm

Find out about the reasons for self-harm, myths about self-harm, and way of combatting the urge to self-harm.

Suicidal Crisis

Are you considering ending your life? Written by someone with personal experience of suicidal thoughts, this article provides lots of ideas on how to deal with a suicidal crisis.

Returning to work after mental illness

Work: Returning to Work

A guide to looking after your mental health at work, taking time off work, and getting back to work after stress, anxiety, depression, or another mental health issue.