Hormones

Hormones have wreaked havoc with me since the age of 15. Although my periods have always been regular, they have been prefaced with terrible PMS in the form of irritability, irrationality and extreme emotion. This coupled with extremely painful breasts (which are still painful even after the reduction) each cycle is very debilitating. When I…

Hypoglycaemia

The first time I heard the term ‘’hypo’’ I was ironically and luckily sitting in my psychiatrist’s office when I started to go pale and feel dizzy and uncoordinated. She asked if I had eaten and when I said no, she said it was low blood sugar, ‘’hypo’’ as she said and immediately gave me…

Headaches

I am quite emotional when I talk about my headache experience as frankly it was/has been almost as bad as the bi-polar. To spend such a prolonged period of time in that level of pain can only cause depression. Every time I saw a doctor I mentioned my headaches or brain fog (I did not…

Hospitalisation

My sister-in-law and I have a bit of a joke about hospitals in that we both like hospital food; particularly the mashed potato and somewhat processed vanilla desserts. So each time I was admitted, she would say ‘’ah, it’s because you want some more of their food’’. Actually a hospital diet consisting mainly of white…

Hypomania

This is generally classed as a milder form of mania. Most definitions describe hypomania as including increased energy and activity levels that are not as severe as typical mania. The person may have episodes which last less than a week and do not require emergency care and during a hypomanic episode may feel very good,…