My name is Cassie, I am a 32 year old woman who has bipolar disorder, mother of 3, auntie, lover, sister, daughter and friend. Can be funny, serious, responsible, irresponsible, outgoing yet shy, happy and sad. Nutty, whacky, quirky and well just me. I have lived with bipolar affective disorder all my adult life, and suffered from childhood depression for as long as I can remember. My aim is to raise awareness about this disorder so the vulnerable don't have to suffer in silence, like I had to for many years.

Why did I call this blog diary of a certified nutter

A comment has grabbed my attention and I want to be able to address it and provide an answer publicly. Some people may wonder why I have put myself down by calling my blog site "Diary of a certified nutter" If people are using the word "nutter" in a derogatory way then this becomes offensive. BUT this is not what I am doing. Here's my answer: I am a self confessed nutter even without bipolar disorder!!!! lol. Even without symptoms of BP I have a quirky sense of humour (very english) I do the silliest of things and can come across and be very dizzy. I love to laugh at myself not the illness but myself as a woman and life. I think humour is very important, and laughter has kept me going when facing some negative symptoms of this disorder. There are many "nutter's" in life who do not have a mental health disorder, infact many of them are in english politics lol, only kidding. I am certified hense the title certified nutter. This title also catches people's attention, they come to my site and there they see that not is all is at it seems. This is the way I am raising awareness about bipolar disorder. I work tirelessly on my fb page, blog and free internet support service on a voluntary basis for no other reason than to educate people about bipolar disorder, the last thing I would want to do is alienate someone further by making fun out of their mental heath. However I do want to clarify that making fun or bullying someone just because they have a mental health disorder is ghastly and should not be tolerated. This is not what I am doing.

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

New and improved website, working with Global Mental Health Awareness to raise added awareness

Hi everyone,

I have not posted in such a very long time. This is why:

With the great success from this blog I decided to write and design a new website called Global Mental Health Awareness. This covers information about all mental health disorders, coping techniques, and my experiences living with a mental health illness. I also facilitate GMHA's Facebook page too, also with family commitments, health issues plus lots more I have been very busy to say the least.

I have now stopped writing here on my blog. However I am still writing on my new and improved website Global Mental Health Awareness @

You can also join Global Mental Health Awareness on Facebook, it would be great to see you there

This blog site will eventually  become archived and the new website will take over.

Take care, stay safe and be happy :) xxxx

Monday, 4 July 2011

Psychosis. Sarah's story.

Many people with Bipolar disorder type 1 suffer from psychosis. This is where the individual experiences hallucination's and or delusion's. Check out this link and video clip. Sarah's story, as she explains what she went through living with psychosis. You can access my blog for more info about this subject

Frequently asked questions about bipolar disorder

There are many questions we have once we have been diagnosed. Here's the answers to some of those questions you may have

Focus on Bipolar Disorder and Comorbidity

It is very common for people who have bipolar disorder to have comorbid disorders, Such as: substance abuse, anxiety disorders, OCD and lots more. Interesting article.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Self-help techniques

Some people can manage their symptoms through using "alternative" therapy which I like to call self-help techniques. Whilst for others our symptoms are so extreme that we have to use medication as well as self-help techniques. Everyone is different what works for one may not work for another. You can access my site for more articles and video's.

Common issues with medication

It can take some people years to find the right "cocktail" of meds, it has taken me 3 years!!!!. Unfortunately treatment is not an exact science and what works for one may not work for another.

What children want to know when a parent has bipolar disorder

Over the weekend I discussed how I explain to my children about my bipolar disorder. I think this article is very helpful for parents who wonder what their child may be thinking and how to address some of their questions and concern's.