Forensic nursing is one of the most demanding and misunderstood areas of care in the NHS. Nursing manager Theo Bello gives an inside view about the challenge of working with mentally ill offenders and public fear about their release back into society.
Personality disorders remain one of the most controversial and misunderstood areas of mental health. Ask the average person what they associate with personality disorders and you get a blank stare or description of a human chameleon capable of changing from normality to social menace in the blink of an eye.
We all know who it is now and I’m sure most would agree that we’re already pretty bored with the coverage of a certain naughty boy man.
Premiership footballers, actors, actresses, MPs; they’re all at it. I can’t help but think we’re making a much bigger fuss than is necessary and to be quite honest, I [...]
It comes with the best intentions. It comes with a smile, perhaps a hand on the shoulder. Genuine, of course, but so utterly ignorant of the consequences.
Most people would be flattered. Maybe because they had lost a few pounds after working hard at the gym for a few weeks, cutting out the crap in their [...]
1.6 million people in the UK suffer from an Eating Disorder. That’s over half the population of Wales.
It’s also almost definitely a massive underestimation; secrecy comes hand in hand with living with an Eating Disorder so many cases go undetected. Many others slip through the net due to mis-diagnosis, naivity and quite simply, a huge [...]
I seem to spend half my life explaining and re-explaining to certain readers and regular commenters the fact that Anorexia, Bulimia and other Eating Disorders are not a choice. Not a lifestyle nor a diet-gone-too-far. Not a display of pure vanity nor a selfish act.
I don’t get bored of it. If something needs hammering home [...]
By the end of next week, I promise you will be sick of hearing, seeing and reading me. For that, I apologise.
The reason is that it’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and as a B-eat Young Ambassador and well, just being me, I will, as I did last year, be doing everything I can to [...]
Things aren’t perfect – they never are and never will be. But my, how things have changed…
This time last year I was breaking a rule by stepping outside in the snow. I was a danger to myself and not responsible for myself and so I was told that I had to stay inside. The rebel [...]
A year ago I truly believed that I would never again find myself staring in a mirror with mascara dripping down my face after throwing up after a binge. I believed that because I had spent years working on fighting those urges, talking it through with amazing therapists, nurses, consultant and myself – I was able to rationalise and talk myself out of it if and when the urge did occur. After weeks, months of not purging, I genuinely thought I had drawn a line under it. End of.
I get giddier every year. I know it’s early, I know it’s ridiculous that Facebook statuses all over the land are filled with “OMG the Coca Cola advert is on!” and I dread having to stand up to all the Scrooges knowing that the cynic in me agrees with every word they say. But I love it and I love that I love it – anything that makes me happy has to be a good thing.
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