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Jesus Christ Super Star

Jesus Christ Super Star

  It started off like every other big party my mates and I did when we were 19yo. Smoking crack pipes filled with speed and filling our pockets with ecstasy tablets for a big day rave which we...

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Andrew’s story

Andrew’s story

  Although my real name is not Andrew, I have chosen this alias to protect my real identity, as this story contains some very descriptive accounts of my experience with Bipolar disorder. This...

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Anna’s story

Initially I was diagnosed wit Post Natal Depression 19 years ago, shortly after I had my first daughter. The diagnosis changed later to Clinical Depression and about 6 years ago my psychiatrist of...

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Anne’s story

  Three years ago last month, my mind lost touch with reality in a very rapid turn of events that culminated in an acute manic episode of bipolar affective disorder. Having been diagnosed with...

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Beth’s story

  I didn't have any history of mental ill health until 2010, when I had depression and was prescribed Prozac. A year later, a series of events led me to become manic and psychotic: my...

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BlueSkyLady’s Story

I really had wanted to sit and to start to write my 'story' of mental illness earlier than this. I tried very hard to, but something stopped me each time from engaging in a first person narrative. I...

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Caitlin’s Story

Caitlin’s Story

  My name is Caitlin and I’m 34 years old. I was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was 19, but I’ve probably been struggling with anxiety for my whole life. I am writing this...

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Chris’s Story

Chris’s journey with mental illness started as a young teenager but he didn’t see a psychologist until his mid 30’s. He was diagnosed with bipolar 2 at the age of 41, after a long period of rapid...

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Clare’s story

Clare’s story ended on the twenty seventh of October 2000 when she made a tragic decision to end her life. There had been other attempts but always there had been someone nearby to seek help....

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Ingrid’s story

Some people can’t conceive of what it is like to have the policies of politicians who have little concept of living with a disability continually threatening to erode your already meagre standard of...

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In praise of support groups

I have been officially bipolar for 18 years, long enough for it to become an adult and get a driver’s licence. And it has taken that me that long to become an adult too. I am 47. For most of the...

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Jason’s story

I’m Jason, I am 26 and I have bipolar type 2. I am NOT Bipolar, but I live with bipolar. It is a strange thing that seems to occur in our society ‘do you know that this person is bipolar?’ What??...

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Jerry’s story (interview)

What is your diagnosis? Bipolar Schizoaffective How old are you now and when did you get diagnosed? I am 57 now.  When I was 15 I had racing thoughts when I got stressed.  Deep depressions started...

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John’s story

I am now in my 50’s and have bipolar disorder. I am fortunate that my depression periods are mild, although prolonged. But my highs are high! I now believe that my symptoms began in my mid 20’s and...

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Journey in the Highlands – by John

It’s difficult to count now, but I suppose I’ve had around 20 intense high’s through my life. This is an account of a particular high, and looking back, I realise it caught me by surprise on New...

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Joy’s story

Joy’s story

  For the first time since being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I am starting to feel some hope.  Hope that I may in fact be able to experience some joy in my future despite having one of the...

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Kay’s story

Kay is proud of the framed certificates on her bedroom wall. They are her Diploma of Applied Science and Community Health, Graduate Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Nursing and Membership of the...

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Michael’s story

My name is Mick and this is my short story of surviving with Manic Depression. This is an illness that I wouldn't wish on anyone, unless I was in a foul mood. Which unfortunately, is regularly, but...

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Nat’s story

In 1997 I was a happy person. I had recently moved to the city with my then-boyfriend, gotten a little distance from my family, and started attending university. I was feeling uplifted by the...

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Paul’s ECT diary

18th February. Well, ok, no more real excuses left I suppose I had better write at least something or later rue that I did not. I have just had my first treatment of ECT - electro-shock therapy. I...

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Paul Robertson’s story of mania

I have a huge swelling feeling growing in the back of my head, reaching forward in grasping fibrillated and soggy claws. I know this feeling, frenetic as it is, coiled and sprung and filled up with...

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Ryan’s Story

When the Black Dog’s psychiatrist walked into the room, I became worried that I was going to have to deliver her baby for her. Susan was as pregnant as I have ever seen anyone that wasn’t in a...

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Samantha J’s Story

If there were a button you could push to be cured of Bipolar, I would push it with only a second’s hesitation. Not only is it difficult to live with it at times, it is invisible to the naked eye,...

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Sean’s story (as told by his mother)

Sean was diagnosed at 27 with Bipolar 1 although he told me he had been depressed since he was 16.  Sean first experienced death at the young age of 8 when his baby brother died suddenly and this...

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Sylvia Zuzowska’s Story

I always wanted to have my own family. Instead I went mad when I immigrated to Australia. I arrived on the 10th of April 1983. I just don't know how it happened. I was examined in Israel by...

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Sue’s story

Sue was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 in 2004 and has been hospitalized 8 times with mania. In 2017 she had a turning point after she stayed in hospital for her bipolar condition. She had a great doctor...

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The Bipolar Toolbox – By Anna

Anyone who has bipolar, be it bipolar 1, 2 or 3 knows how unpredictable this condition is. You’re feeling like you’re doing really well and your emotional wellbeing is in check, when out of the blue...

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The holes in my pockets

In this piece, Camille reflects on some of the out there things she has bought while manic, as well as how damaging elevation can be to the finances. About twelve years ago, I was standing in a...

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Thirty Seven years

Hi. I am a 37 yr old woman who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder since I was 16. I have had several hospitalisations but thankfully none in the last 9 years. Historically my main problem has...

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