About

Hi there. My name is Alisha Vabba and I am quite generally a life enthusiast and curious mind. I have many interests and passions and I change my mind more often than my phone – and I lose my phone a lot. I graduated from Lancaster University with a BA Hons. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and am currently doing an MSc. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex. My objective is to pursue research in Global Mental Health, and its importance as a sustainable goal on the agenda for International Development. Particularly I’m interested in exploring wether intrinsic motivation, self-awareness and introspection enhance creativity and well-being, as opposed to working and living for extrinsic and materialistic goals, such as monetary gains, social status and peer acceptance.

In the past year I lived in Rome, teaching English at Inlingua International and volunteering for Idea Onlus, Institute for Research and Prevention of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and for the Italian Red Cross. I also spent the past summer volunteering for Saude e Alegria, an onlus organisation based in Santarém, Brazil, assisting in well-being programs for indigenous amazonian communities.

In my spare time I enjoy live music, belgian beer, people watching, sea food (all food), writing poetry and playing the piano/guitar. I get cabin fever if I’m in the same place image for too long and my friends say I walk like Bambi on ice (aka I am very clumsy and uncoordinated). Nothing terrifies me more than boredom and that feeling of emptiness and apathy that sometimes creeps over me.

I am also diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type I, with psychotic and dissociative features.

I built this website to offer a chaotic and subjective lens on what matters to me in the world and why. More importantly, I wish to record my own intellectual, creative and personal growth and hopefully provide inspiration for others who are emotionally “all over the place” and struggle in organising their thoughts, feelings and life.

My writing explores the importance of creativity and mental health within society, examining questions in the fields of science, psychology, philosophy, economics, the arts, etc. My aim is to help people become more self-aware and creatively active, and not be completely enslaved, in thought and action, by the competitiveness and pressure of a society that places productivity over humanity. It is my belief that the dynamics we are subject to in our daily lives are counter-productive for society and progress, in that they underestimate emotional individuality and creativity.

Note: all posts reflect my personal inquiries and perspectives on positively and productively riding the roller coaster of manic depression, and the ups and downs of life in general. None of the information is intended as medically accredited treatment for bipolar disorder and/or other psychiatric conditions.

23 thoughts on “About”

  1. Of course you were ‘diagnosed’ because you have a newer brain caught in an old system. I imagine it screams at cage it must live in. They don’t know what to do with you, but obviously you do. Feel no remorse at not fitting this current place, for you were born for where we are going.

    Great posts!

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  2. Alisha – Thanks for the “like” re my “blog is a novel page.” Obviously i agree whole-heatedly with your view of life and diagnosis of contemporary society. It’s an honor to know that you have read one of my pages (and might read more–i hope–definitely i’ll be reading more of yours)

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    1. Hi Tom, thank you! I like your bluntness and honesty and the way you link psychological reasoning to social and political issues. I will indeed be reading more.
      All the best,
      Alisha

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  3. Hi Alisha, I’m really glad you liked our article on giving thanks on christiansciencecanberra.com. If you scroll down a little on that page you will see I have included some interesting articles about how other people have handled their mental health issues. I thought some were quite inspiring. I agree with you the mind is a wonderful and largely untapped resource. I wish you well.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by Casual Bedlam! I also studied Philosophy in college (as well as Journalism) and sometimes I nerd out a bit…it’s pretty great. Looking forward to some cool posts! -LB

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    1. Thanks Laura! Nerding out is awesome. I love your blog as well, you manage to be funny, clever and purposeful at the same time which is also pretty cool:-) Very happy to connect.
      All the best,

      Alisha

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  5. Hi
    I’m a jewelry person, a writer, a former disc jockey and music director as well as national and international music journalist. You ‘liked’ one of my ramblings and I wanted to read ‘about’ you. I’d love to correspond directly. Do you write for any of the sites like IBPF? Allison

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    1. Hello, Allison right?

      I liked your post regarding metabolic side effects and challenges regarding the use of atypical anti-psychotics. I volunteer for IDEA Onlus, Institute for the Research and Prevention of Mood Disorders, based in Rome Italy. Actually, many of the patients we work with have had challenges (mainly regarding weight gain and decreased self-esteem) with this particular type of medication! I’d be interested in reading some of the papers you mentioned.

      I am fairly new to the blogging/independent writing industry, so I’ve still not got many collaborations to boast! However now that you mention it I did contact the IBPF about a month ago and have not heard back since.

      Thank you for contacting me and I’d love to correspond directly on our common interests. My email address is a.vabba@hotmail.it and I am now following your blog.

      All the best,

      Alisha

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  6. I’m envious of your youth and how involved you are re: having been diagnosed young *hooray* and then managing it and finishing university and writing as clearly as you do. I haven’t gotten far in terms of your posts, but I admire you already (and not in a creepy way, lol), simply that you’re able to accomplish so much. Brava!

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    1. I didn’t think you were creepy, just nice:-) Thank you so much for the compliments! Being diagnosed early was fundamental in sorting out my priorities, life and mindset. Mental health awareness has a long way to go in making people conscious of their selves and feeling. I really hope to be able to contribute to the cause!

      All the best,

      Alisha

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  7. Hi there my friend.
    Just wanted to say hello and to think you for choosing to kindly follow my own blog.
    You sound like a real character and I shall enjoy returning for future visits to
    learn more about you.
    Take care and don’t get bored
    Bob

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    1. Hello Bob!

      I am so very pleased to have found your blog. You put a whole new spin on ‘people watching’ and I bloody love it! Happy to connect with you and you take care as well:-)

      All the best,

      Alisha

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      1. OMG! This has really made my day. You are really kind to leave such an encouraging comment. I feel truly motivated.
        Looking forward to following you.
        Luv n peas
        Bob

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    1. Ciao Marco:-)
      Me ne ha parlato Catu e trovo che la tua sia un’ idea geniale! E’ sempre bello trovare persone che condividono la loro esperienza e il loro sapere per aiutare gli altri. Specialmente così giovani! Complimenti di cuore a te e a mamma.
      Un abbraccio,

      Alisha

      PS. le tue mappe sono fatte super bene!

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  8. hey, nice blog. You are like me, an infomaniac. You are curious. So am I. I wake up depressed but once I read the newspaper, it all goes away. I study entertainment also. Right now last week’s New York Times Magazine is all about music, today’s music, how people are self authoring rather than cowtowing to the oppressive ‘record label’ system. Totally badass. Are you a writer? IBPF, they are cool, Heather is the coordinator, let her know I sent ya. Allison

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