Some background about me:
I was responsible for the quality assurance of ingredients supplied to a multi-national food manufacturer. After moving house in 1997 I was suffering from stress and not sleeping. I had an interview with a psychiatrist who prescribed psychiatric drugs. I became a heavily sedated psychiatric patient. By summer 1999 I was back working full-time although told I would need psychiatric drugs for life.
At weekends I studied aspects of mental health and started to teach self-management of mood disorders for a charity. In 2004 I had my first book published and created my first web site: www.stoppaddling.co.uk
By 2006 I was facilitating a support group and invited Dr Liz Miller to give a talk. Meeting Liz helped me to realize I could manage without the psychiatric drugs and that I did not need a psychiatric label.
Gradually coming off the psychiatric drugs I lost weight and I returned to being something like I was before the psychiatric intervention.
I am passionate about helping others avoid the kind of troubles I experienced and now teach health professionals about:
> Mood and the bipolar diagnosis
> Mood Management, Recovery and Wellbeing
> Food and Mood / Mental Health and Nutrition
> WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Planning
These courses are described at www.stoppaddling.com and can be booked through www.rethinkinghealth.co.uk
I want to help:
> people to avoid/escape unnecessary psychiatric labelling.
> doctors to link symptoms with causes so that psychiatric drug use can be minimised.
Rethinking Bipolar: Millions of people are being harmed by unnecessary diagnosis of bipolar disorder and other psychiatric labels. Extreme emotions are usually caused by extreme emotional distress and exacerbated by physical health conditions. Bipolar diagnosis does not have to be a life sentence – people recover – I have recovered. Find out more from www.rethinkingbipolar.com.
First Book: Stop Paddling/Start Sailing 2004
Second book: Bipolar Disorder – A guide for mental health professionals, carers and those who live with it
Authors: Danny Walsh and Roger Smith
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media – 350 pages
Publication: 02 January 2012
The handbook is divided into four sections:
Section 1 Theories and approaches behind bipolar disorder
Section 2 In-patient/acute care
Section 3 Bipolar in the community
Section 4 Related conditions and conclusions
Available from Pavilion Publishing