20-something female from Northern Ireland, living with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder with psychotic and dissociative features, bipolar disorder type II, major clinical depression and social anxiety. Basically mad?!
Currently taking 600mg Quetiapine (Seroquel) and 225mg Venlafaxine (Effexor) daily, as well as use of Diazepam (Valium) and Zopiclone as required.
After being failed by NHS therapy (see the blog), I am in six months' depth psychotherapy in the voluntary sector, primarily focusing on the fallout of childhood abuse.
Interests: reading, writing, pubs, eating out, computing, video/computer games, football (soccer), psychology and psychiatry (interested independently of my own mental illness), philosophy, astronomy, a few TV programs, even fewer films. All on the presumption that mentalism is not preventing my engagement with such interests, which is rarely true.
Defining characteristics: cynicism, drollness, rants, intelligence, apparently some 'wit', iPhone, tea, hatred of IBS and a garlic addiction.