A snapshot of self management, as written by ALLIANCE member Junfei Hu.

I am Junfei Hu, a professor and PhD in electronic engineering, a member of ALLIANCE Scotland and director of VOX Scotland.  I came to the UK in 2003 and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in summer 2004.  My symptoms include fast thinking and delusional ideas.  I first found out about self management in 2017 and published two posts at the International Conference on Integrated Care to advocate Hope, Love and Peace.  After 20 years, it’s hope that is keeping me alive.  I keep positive and smile.  Self management is making me self-learn and leads to lifelong learning.  Self management is not self-isolation.  I have gone from being patient to advocate.  I am an independent expert for myself and have received respect.  My delusional idea was that I could make world peace reality.  After six months of treatment, I realised I can’t do it by myself.  Now I advocate for hope, love and peace which includes personal peace, community peace and world peace.

  • What keeps you well?  Hope.
  • What does self management mean to you?  Self-learning, lifelong learning. 
  • When did you first hear about self management?  2017.
  • How do you use self management practices at work / in school / at home?  I smile and stay positive.
  • What is something that is misunderstood about self management?  Self-isolation. 
  • What benefits do self management practices provide you?  Independent expert for myself and receive respect. 
  • What has changed for you in your life since implementing self management practices?  My bipolar delusional idea becomes practical, from patient to advocate.

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