Consultation with Benjamin Mudge, Director of Bipolar Disorder CIC, PhD candidate in Psychiatry, and personal survivor of bipolar disorder.
The consultation involves a 2 hour Zoom video conference call, which can be one-on-one or included other people that you invite. The consultation will be recorded as a video file (with discussions and diagrams included), and will be made available to be reviewed via Dropbox. This is important because a lot of technical information will be shared and it is useful to be able to watch again to fully comprehend it. Email follow-up is included.
The cost of a consultation with Benjamin Mudge is £180, which is 1/4 of the standard hourly rate of a private psychiatrist in the United Kingdom (£360 for 1 hour).
Typical topics covered:
- An unofficial diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be provided by Benjamin Mudge, based on reference to the DSM-5 psychiatric textbook, personal experience and theoretical understanding. This is different from a formal/official diagnosis because it does not have legal consequences such as endangering the diagnosed person to the risk of incarceration by the psychiatric profession, prejudice in the workplace, disqualification from insurance policies etc. The potential benefit of having an informal diagnosis is that people experiencing manic depression can become empowered to manage their own condition by firstly accepting the reality of a neurodiversity (an unusual neurobiology) and then learning how to take self-responsibility and manage their condition themselves.
- A review of prescribed psychiatric medication, and advice about which prescriptions are appropriate, which prescriptions are dangerous, and which prescriptions may appear safe but have subtly-problematic side effects. This can be valuable because it remains very common for bipolar people to be prescribed psychiatric drugs (including several “SSRIs”) which have been scientifically-demonstrated to induce manic episodes in bipolar people: neither the psychiatric profession, nor General Practitioner Doctors have adjusted their practice in consideration of these dangers.
- An explanation of the latest scientific understanding of bipolar mood swings, which is informed by a theoretical idea of Benjamin Mudge and demonstrated by 15 years of academic research by Professor Anne Mudge, who published her work on the cover of Nature and other academic journals. This theoretical framework has not yet been taken on board by the psychiatric profession, so this consultation is currently the only place where this information can be found.
- Advice about lifestyle choices, including recreational drug use, which can minimize harm and maximize stability of bipolar mood swings.
- Advice about nutrition, supplements, functional medicine, and other modalities of alternative medicine, as they relate to treating bipolar disorder.
- An overview of the research into various psychedelics as candidates for treating bipolar disorder. Please note that Benjamin Mudge will not be advising anyone to do anything illegal.
Note that Benjamin Mudge does not have a formal medical qualification, cannot and will not be providing professional medical advice. All advice and suggestions provided by Benjamin Mudge are based on his own academic research and personal experience only, and is presented as additional information which can be considered by medical professionals in their capacity as decision-makers and prescribers.
You can choose a available time slot and then you will be sent the Zoom meeting details via email.