In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: defense mechanisms The concept of defense mechanisms was originally proposed by Sigmund Freud. They're strategies that are used unconsciously in order to protect the ego when faced with uncomfortable feelings. A number of defense mechanisms have been identified … Continue reading What is… a defense mechanism
I've read and reviewed some great books written by members of our blogging community, so I wanted to share them with you again in a nutshell version. Click the book covers to be taken to my full reviews. This week we have Michelle Tikalsky, Natasha MacFarlane, and Barbara A. Lawrence. Shattered The story is very … Continue reading Blogger Book Reviews in a Nutshell: Michelle, Natasha, Barbara
In this interview for Well Talk Health, I talk mental health, blogging, and of course guinea pigs. https://welltalkhealth.com/f/wellness-talks---ashley-peterson Casper - photo by author
The world likes to get judgy when it comes to medications, particularly those that are viewed as addictive or otherwise "bad" in some way. The judgyness grows exponentially when it's a pregnant woman taking medication. Obviously it's a problem if a medication has a negative effect on a developing fetus. However, in the real world … Continue reading Medication Use in Pregnancy
It's week 23 of the Working On Us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. For details, please visit her post. This week's topic is medications. Question Prompt: When you first were diagnosed with your mental illness/disorder, did it take a while to get used to your medications that were prescribed to … Continue reading Working On Us Week 23: Medications
If you thought libraries were dull, Just Another Day at Your Local Public Library: An Insider's Tale of Library Life by Roz Warren will prove that you're dead wrong. I'm taking a quick break this week from mental health books because I know Roz from over at Medium.com and she's hilarious. The book is based … Continue reading Book Review: Just Another Day at Your Local Public Library
The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Karen of … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Karen
Today is World Kindness Day. With all of the anger, hate, and divisiveness raging in the world right now, we need more kindness. Kindness can be so simple, and doesn't have to cost a thing. So today, and every day, be kind.
On November 11, the day the guns of World War I fell silent in 1918, we mark Remembrance Day to remember and honour all those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Wilfred Owen served in the British forces in WWI, and wrote poetry about what he saw. He was killed in action a … Continue reading Lest We Forget
The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Emily of … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Emily
Have you ever heard of domain authority? If not, don't worry; I hadn't heard of it either until not that long ago. I think the first time I heard of it (or at least paid attention) was when I read a post by Jenny in Neverland. What is domain authority? Domain authority (DA) is a scoring … Continue reading What Is Domain Authority and Should You Care?
Here's what happened in my life over the past week: Thanks so much to Caz from Mental Health From The Other Side for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Like me, she's been on both the professional and patient side of the mental health coin. Definitely have a look at her blog if you … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: Psychological stress It seems that there's a day/week/month for just about anything these days, and the International Stress Management Association has declared this week to be International Stress Awareness Week. I've written before about how stress affects the … Continue reading What is… Psychological Stress
I'm trotting out a reworked version of a post I did last fall because flu session is coming, and it's time to decide whether or not to get the influenza vaccine. There are a lot of myths floating around the influenza vaccine, and it's always better to make choices related to your health that are … Continue reading Will the Influenza Vaccine Make You Sick?