About Bipolar disorder
mood swings, manic depression
 
Bipolar Disorder is a mental health diagnosis that describes a mood disorder where one experiences both the heights and depths of emotions.
It is described as a cyclical illness, with some people having long periods of stability between episodes,  but for others, it can be a more regular constant cycle.
 
Previously Bipolar Disorder was referred to as "Manic-Depression" , and can also be described as "Bipolar Mood or Affective Disorder". Bipolar refers to the two poles, with mania or feeling "high" at one end and depression or feeling "low" at the other.
 
In our resources, we find it easier to simply refer to ‘mood swings’ or highs and lows.
 
Depression is a mental health diagnosis that  
describes a condition where one experiences a low mood.
For more information about Bipolar disorder (manic depression) or depression contact the following organisations or see links to the left.

Mind
Granta House
15-19 Broadway
Stratford
London
E15 4BQ
0208 5192122
http;//www.mind.org.uk

Mind have a wide variety of books, articles that can be accessed on-line and a large series of ‘making sense of….’ booklets that cover a wide range of subjects

http://www.mind.org.uk/osb/showitem.cfm/Category/0

Manic Depression Fellowship
MDF The BiPolar Organisation is a user-led charity working to enable people affected by bipolar disorder (manic depression) to take control of their lives. MDF also have a selection of booklets.
MDF The BiPolar Organisation
Castle Works
21 St. George's Road
London
SE1 6ES
08456 340 540
http://www.mdf.org.uk/


Carers UK (formerly carers national association)
20-25 Glasshouse Yard
London
EC1A 4JT
http://www.carersuk.org/Home
0808 808 7777



In Nottingham ?


Carers Federations
http://www.carersfederation.co.uk/

Carers Council
http://www.mhcarers.co.uk/

Self Help Nottingham
http://www.selfhelp.org.uk/
Contact to find out about local support groups. There is a local depression self help group and there is a MDF bipolar support group that meets regularly.

Manic Depressive Fellowship

City Arts


All Ours


Roads to Recovery


Mad world

Harmless


Other References from resources

Making Waves is an organisation that consists of people with a range of experiences of mental distress. It aims to use its members experiences to transform mental health services, and develop new and innovative ways of supporting people experiencing mental distress. The organisation provides service evaluation of mental health services, contributes to the development and evaluation of courses as well as providing a high level of research, education and training. For more information: www.makingwaves.org


Crisis

Locally 

Focus Line (East Midlands)
http://www.rethink.org/how_we_can_help/our_services/east_midlands/nottingham_focus.html

0800 027 2127 (Helpline)


Nationally

Sane Line
0845 767 8000, every day, 1.00pm-11.00pm (lo-call rate)
E-mail: sanemail@sane.org.uk
Website: www.sane.org.uk


Samaritans

Telephone: 0845 7 90 90 90, every day, 
24 hours a day (lo-call rate)
E-mail: jo@samaritans.org
Website: www.samaritans.org



Other films that have been made about bipolar 

chas de swiet
http://www.nutter.tv/

Animate  series

Links to recovery film site of karens

For ideas for recovery from mental distress (alternatives to the current medical model)


healthy alternatives to mental health

http://www.healthyplace.com/alternative-mental-health/main/what-are-alternative-approaches-to-mental-health-care/menu-id-55/



Blogs

About bipolar
Seean Malloy


Other informed and useful blogs



Books

http://www.mind.org.ukhttp://www.mind.org.uk/osb/showitem.cfm/Category/0http://www.mdf.org.ukhttp://www.carersuk.org/Homehttp://www.carersfederation.co.ukhttp://www.mhcarers.co.ukhttp://www.makingwaves.org/http://www.rethink.org/how_we_can_help/our_services/east_midlands/nottingham_focus.htmlmailto:sanemail@sane.org.ukhttp://www.sane.org.ukmailto:jo@samaritans.orghttp://www.nutter.tvhttp://www.healthyplace.com/alternative-mental-health/main/what-are-alternative-approaches-to-mental-health-care/menu-id-55/shapeimage_4_link_0shapeimage_4_link_1shapeimage_4_link_2shapeimage_4_link_3shapeimage_4_link_4shapeimage_4_link_5shapeimage_4_link_6shapeimage_4_link_7shapeimage_4_link_8shapeimage_4_link_9shapeimage_4_link_10shapeimage_4_link_11shapeimage_4_link_12
We include the following links for further information, practical advice and reading. We can not be responsible for the content or information on these external pages.
To link to this site, to suggest links or to let us know of any broken or non working please contact us.

For other information about bipolar

Pendulum

Mind :- http;//www.mind.org.uk

Manic depressive fellowship, The Bipolar Organsiation
http://www.mdf.org.uk/

www.mentalhealth.org.uk


For carers or loved ones

http://www.carersuk.org/Home

BPSO (Bipolar Significant Others)   


Self management

Self management training courses
MDF, the Bipolar organisation
http://www.mdf.org.uk/index.aspx?o=56979

A self management course site			
http://www.steady.org.uk/

Information about self management and recovery
http://www.rethink.org/living_with_mental_illness/recovery_and_self_management/index.html

Moving on and recovery links

Recovery stories from contributors to Pendulum
http://www.pendulum.org/stories/index.htm

Tidal model of recovery
http://www.tidal-model.com/

Recovery

WRAP model of recovery
http://www.mentalhealthrecovery.com/
 
The scottish recovery network,
Articles about recovery and personal stories of recovery
http://www.scottishrecovery.net/content/

Equilibrium - the bipolar foundation
http://www.bipolar-foundation.org/


Advance Directives

http://www.mind.org.uk/help/rights_and_legislation/briefing_4_healthcare_and_welfare/personal_care_decisions_u#6

http://www.mentalhealthalliance.org.uk/policy/documents/11AdvanceDirectives.pdf

Discrimination

http://www.open-up.org.uk/

http://www.shift.org.uk/

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/HealthAndSupport/MentalHealth/DG_10023351

Therapetic gardening projects
http://www.thrive.org.uk/

Ecoworks – an allotment project in Nottingham
http://www.ecoworks.org.uk/gardens/community-gardens/

add in links found ..

Report about nature and mental health
http://www.dundee.ac.uk/geography/news_events/inclusion/nature1.htm

Nutrition 

See links and information on food and mood site
http://www.mind.org.uk/foodandmood/

http://www.foodforthebrain.org/

A review paper of the importance of nutrition and mental health
http://priory.com/psychiatry/Nutrition_Mental_Health.htm


Exercise and Mental health

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/exercise/


Spirituality and Psychosis

See links at 
http://www.undercurrents.org/minds/

Information about medication

MDF have a useful guide to medications 
http://www.mdf.org.uk/?o=56894

Mind have a variety of facts sheets and booklets about various drugs.
http://www.mind.org.uk/Information/Factsheets/Alphabetical+drugs+list.htm

Information about withdrawing from medications

Icarus Project have produced a guide to coming off psychiatric drugs that is available to download from the web.

http://theicarusproject.net/alternative-treatments/harm-reduction-guide-to-coming-off-psychiatric-drugs


Up to date information about withdrawing form medications and stories by people who have a variety of experiences taking or coming off medications.

http://www.comingoff.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Peter Breggin and D. Cohen (1999) Your Drug May Be Your Problem, how and why to stop taking psychiatric medications Perseus 2000.

Coming off psychiatric drugs: edited by Peter Lehmann Peter Lehmann publishing 2004 

http://www.mind.org.uk/campaigns_and_issues/report_and_resources/809_coming_off_medication

http://www.mind.org.uk/help/medical_and_alternative_care/making_sense_of_coming_off_psychiatric_drugs


Mind have done some research about coping with coming of medications

http://www.mind.org.uk/News+policy+and+campaigns/Policy/CWCO.htm

Discussion about medication online

www.medinfodiscussion.org

Beyond Meds

http://www.pendulum.org/video/videotreat.htm

http://www.library.nhs.uk/mentalHealth/SearchResults.aspx?searchText=Patient%20Opinions%20of%20ECT%20-%20Interview%20with%20Diane%20Rose%20


http://studymore.org.uk/mpu

http://bipolarblast.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/the-fda-wants-to-declare/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email


For alternative ways of thinking about diagnosis and mental health 

This site has a unique viewpoint with a multitude of resources and links

The Icarus Project

http://www.madnotbad.co.uk/contact.htm


For projects that look at diagnosis from a different view and run creative projects:
Creative Routes

Evolving Minds

there is also a film made called Evolving minds made about spirituality and mental health. 

http://www.undercurrents.org/minds/


http://www.cchrstl.org/causes.shtml - read this !!
http://www.cchrstl.org/sideeffects.shtml


http://www.radpsynet.org/rpnlinks.html


http://old.disinfo.com/archive/pages/dossier/id235/pg1/index.html

http://www.freepsychiatricnews.com/LINKSPAGE.htm

http://home.earthlink.net/~bazillion/psych_web.html

anti psychiatry links

http://www.stopshrinks.org/reading_room/frame_docs/1st_idx_4th.html

linda - cafe 


http://aminormal.piczo.com/?cr=4
NHS TEENS NORMAL


Recovery  tools

recovery stories on this site

SRN

Rethink

http://www.patdeegan.com/blog/archives.php

http://helensandersonassociates.co.uk/Our_Work/Who/People_With_Mental_Health_Issues.html

http://www.workingtorecovery.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=1263&ProductID=5

http://www.pcp-in-hampshire.org.uk/resources/

http://psychminded.co.uk/news/news2009/sept09/mental-health-recovery001.htm

Peer support


http://www.patdeegan.com/blog/archives.php

other papers from pat deegan about recovery.


http://www.patdeegan.com/blog/archives/000018.php
legacy  of peer support.

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