"We need to learn to be positive"

About: Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health

(as a service user),

I have had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic-depression) for 20 years.

It is only in the last three years that becoming a voluntary patient initially and this time a patient under section 3 I found this very difficult to accept because I felt my freedom was curtailed and it took four weeks for my psychiatrist to include the family as a pre-session time.

We have had two weeks in since then, that I was allowed out for two hours escorted leave and then allowed out to my different meetings, because meeting with friends and colleagues is a positive outcome of my life.

We as a family have been feeding on the negativity of our thoughts instead of the positive and need professional help, this is what I would like to do as our way forward - learn to be positive.

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Response from Joanna Coleman

Thank you for sharing your story, it is nice to hear that at last you are able to move forward and adopting a positive approach will help you cope with your condition. The psychological treatment we offer for all major mental health difficulties including bipolar affective disorder is in line with the evidence base that proves this is effective and helpful. If you would like help with learning to be more positive there are a number of self help resources available which can be viewed on our website and those involved in your care will also be able to help you.
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