My Volunteering Story for Rethink Mental Illness

I have had a severe mental illness (diagnosed Schizoaffective disorder) for a number of years.  I started getting involved with the charity Rethink Mental Illness in the autumn of 2015 after a very severe depressive episode which required me to have ECT in hospital throughout the summer.  The local Rethink Recovery service commissioned by the NHS in my area supported…

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Bipolar Disorder: My World War 2

I became interested in Winston Churchill when I read his single-volume abridged version of The Second World War. I was eighteen and I remember it being a very long book that took me a good part of the summer to read. Little did I know at the time that we possibly shared a similar mental illness - Bipolar Disorder. Today…

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How CBT has helped me (Pt. 2)

So recently I read another CBT book this time by Christine Wilding.  The book is titled Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Evidence-based, goal-oriented self-help techniques: a practical CBT primer (Teach Yourself).  I have spoken before about CBT in part 1 of my blog. This time I thought I would talk about the common faulty thinking styles that we all do and CBT helps…

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