Category Archives: Personal Ponderings

Psychiatry Conference Explores Huge Increase in Bipolar Disorder Diagnoses over the Last 15 Years

A psychiatry conference this weekend has looked at the reasons for – and legitimacy of – the huge increase in diagnoses of bipolar disorder over the last fifteen years. In this post for The Mind Sanctuary, founder Tina Gibbons explores the explosion of bipolar diagnoses and shares her own experience of receiving a diagnosis and…

Exercise as an Effective Treatment for Depression

In this post, Tina Gibbons, founder of The Mind Sanctuary, gives her view on new research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), which suggests that exercise may not be an effective intervention for people with depression. Yesterday The British Medical Journal published a report looking at the link between exercise and depression. The report…

Finding Hope in The Darkest of Places

When the World says, “Give up!”   Hope whispers, “Try one more time!”  ~ Anon Hope has played such an enormous role in my life journey. My darkest days all have one thing in common – they all lack hope. Hope is like a bright light twinkling at the end of a long dark tunnel. Hope…

The trials and tribulations of pregnancy when you have a history of mental health problems

Isn’t it funny how you can be skipping along quite happily, when wham, your past jumps up in front of you like a massive road block, forcing you to slam on the breaks and skid your skipping to an abrupt halt!  That happened to me yesterday and this morning I felt compelled to ignore all…

Harnessing Nature to Improve Your Mood – My Love Affair With Flowers

I have a confession to make.  There’s no doubt about it.  I am currently totally immersed in a love affair with flowers!  Just this week, I have fallen head over heels in love with flowers.  Yes – flowers! Monday morning, I was feeling low, stressed and tired. I found myself full of self doubt, worry,…

Playing With Words: Is Life Like A Roller Coaster?

This audio boo was prompted by Jackie Walker and her article today Life IS a Dress Rehearsal.  It’s a light hearted look at how expressions and sayings can influence how we feel using the example of “Life is Like A Roller Coaster”. Enjoy! And please do excuse me for cutting off so quickly at the…

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