It's not uncommon to hear the term high functioning getting tossed around to describe people's mental health conditions. But is it a term that's meaningful or useful? To clarify, I'm not referring to people describing their own level of functioning in a way that feels right for them. I'm all for people using whatever language … Continue reading Is High Functioning a Useful Descriptor for Mental Illness?
Alert and Oriented x3 by Leif Gregersen II, a book about living with a psychotic illness, is offered as a free download from the author's blog, Mental Health Coping Skills Blog by Leif Gregersen. The author has schizoaffective disorder, and this book focuses on his most recent hospitalization, which he describes as being unimaginably painful. … Continue reading Book Review: Alert and Oriented x3
Being a hermit is supposed to be a bad thing, but it's made it a whole lot easier to adjust to COVID-19 and the social distancing restrictions. Over the last year, I've really struggled with psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement) with my depression, and that made it hard to get out and do anything. So … Continue reading Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit
Good Days and Bad Days: I Don’t Have To Like It, I Just Have To Live With It is a book about living with schizoaffective disorder, written by Mio Angelo of Mentally Ill in America. He's offering it for free; just contact him via his blog. His determination is quickly apparent in such statements as: … Continue reading Book Review: Good Days and Bad Days
It seems like quite a few people haven't been able to like or comment on people's posts. It may be an issue with your browser settings. If you’re using Safari, go to “Preferences” in the “Safari” menu, then the “Privacy” tab. “Prevent cross-site tracking” needs to be unchecked. In Chrome, go to “Preferences” under the … Continue reading PSA on Problems with Liking/Commenting on Blogs
A blogging friend recently decided to call it quits with blogging, and it got me thinking about how important it is to keep the assorted shoulds at bay so that we can keep blogging sustainably. Shoulds re. what to write about You may come across articles that tell you what you should write about in … Continue reading Blogging Sustainably
The guinea pigs can tell when I'm sick, so they've been rather subdued the last couple of days. This video is from a couple of years ago, and it shows Oreo playing lawnmower.
Here's what happened in my life over the past week: I only spent 2 days in Pinterest jail before they reactivated my account. I don't know if it's my time in the Pinterest jail or the effects of COVID-19, but my new pins are suddenly getting 2 impressions rather than a few thousand, Still, Pinterest … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
Turn the volume up to hear Oreo and Casper play-fighting. Any time I play this video, my boys go absolutely wild.
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is social isolation. Social isolation involves an objective removal from social contact and relationships, which may occur voluntarily or involuntarily. The term perceived social isolation is used to include a subjective sense of loneliness. While loneliness and social … Continue reading What is… Social Isolation
We could all use a little lightheartedness, and here's what we've got for today. Butternut, my black and white boy, is always very excited about the girls who are in the cage opposite my bed. He's the only guinea pig I've ever had who does this particular standing tall move, and I think of … Continue reading Fun of the Day
I'm not sure how universal a thing this is, but one of the many aspects of my life affected by my mental illness is my home. This is something I've noticed over the past few years, and while it's relatively subtle, it's definitely there. I spend the vast majority of my time at home (which … Continue reading How Does Mental Illness Affect Your Living Space?
Here are my top picks for critters that are cute and ugly all at the same time, or at the very least, cute and interesting. Skinny pig This, my friends, is approximately what my little furballs look like without hair. They look like little baby hippopotamuses (hippopotami?). I've gotta say, I prefer fur on to … Continue reading Some Cute-Ugly Animal Fun
Looking for a distraction while you're self-isolating? The description of Reflections: My Mad Memoirs! by indie author Kristina Bryson assures readers that: "If your life has been perfect then my memoirs will bore the pants off you. However, if you have been mentally battered and bruised by dysfunctional relationships, cursed by anxiety and panic attacks … Continue reading Book Review: Reflections: My Mad Memoirs!
The guinea pigs are just so cute, so I thought I'd bring them out to play on the blog today. These are my boys, Butternut (the black and white one) and Peanut. The picture above, though, is a stock photo that I thought was all kinds of cute. They like to play in the … Continue reading Random Guinea Pig Post