mental illness

How to stay mentally healthy.

I have a question for you.

If I say, 'Mental Health' do you think of health?

Or illness?

The terms 'mental health' and 'mental illness' are often used interchangeably in the media and it drives me a bit bonkers.

The ordinariness of mental illness.

I never intended this blog to be about mental health. In fact I used to feel like a fraud, even as a psychologist.  I have never worked in mental health. I have no training in clinical psychology or even counselling.  I have never personally experienced anxiety, depression or any other mental health issue, although I know plenty of people who have.

Self Improvement Thursday: What is the difference between Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder?

Self Improvement Thursday: What is the difference between Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder?

This is the question a good friend asked me over coffee today.  Don't ask me how we got on to that topic.  We were initially talking about the weather.  You know how conversations between friends take unpredictable twists and turns?

I gave her the best explanation I could and commented that I had been asked this question quite a few times.  It got me wondering whether you might have wondered this too?  I thought this might be a good place to answer the question again.  So here goes...