This index provides an overview of the posts that appear as part of major recurring theme on MH@H, to hopefully make it easier for you to explore the blog.
The weekly blog schedule is:
- Guest blogs may show up on:
- Wednesdays are mental health book reviews
- Fridays are the What is… Insights into Psychology series, which looks deeper into the meaning of a variety of psychology-related terms
- Saturdays are weekend wrap-ups, a look at what’s going on in my world each week
- Sundays are about blogging
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My latest book, Managing the Depression Puzzle, covers a wide variety of different strategies that might be helpful in managing your own unique depression puzzle. It covers medications, somatic treatments like ECT, psychotherapeutic approaches, mindfulness, self-care, and more.
Given that my own illness is depression, it makes an appearance in many of the posts on MH@H, but these are the posts that are focused primarily on depression and effects.
- Estrogen & depression: effects of female hormonal fluctuations
- Letting go of a life before depression: releasing the life I lived when I was well
- Master of My Domain? Depression and Masturbation: can masturbation actually help with depression? Science says it might.
- Were you always depressed or anxious? Or did it appear later on in life?
- Is depression anger turned inward?: Freud’s belief about depression
- Is there ever only one explanation for a mental illness? Or does saying it’s all one way exclude a set of people?
- Should we be looking for a root cause for depression? Or is it just too complex?
Symptoms of depression
The mix of symptoms can vary over time. Different subtypes of depression have their own typical patterns, including melancholic depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and seasonal affective disorder.
- Anhedonia & motivation
- Decreased positive & increased negative affect: depression can involve the loss of positive feelings (as in anhedonia) and/or increased negative feelings
- What depression takes away
- Compensating for Depression Brain
- I’m Actually Getting Stupider: The THINC-it Test: THINC-it a research tool that measures common cognitive effects of depression
- Spoon theory: a metaphor for the energy requirement of tasks in chronic illness
- When taking a shower is like climbing a mountain
- Botox: Botox in the frown line area may help with depression
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT):
- Somatic treatments for depression: treatments that involve applying energy to the brain, including ECT and TMS
- This one flew over the cuckoo’s next: ECT in real life: my experience getting ECT in hospital
- Supplements that actually work: vitamins don’t cure depression, but there are some supplements that research has shown can be helpful
Negativity & Toxic Positivity
- Pessimism vs. realism: is negativity pessimistic if it’s actually realistic?
- “Should” you avoid negative people?
- The “toxic person” label
- You don’t need to be positive: other emotions are just as valid
My book Psych Meds Made Simple has plenty of info about psych meds all in one place. The book and these posts draw on my training and experience as a mental health nurse and former pharmacist. I am pro-medication as an option, but decisions should be made based on an individual weighing of risks and benefits.
More than any other kind of medication, though, we often have complicated relationships with medications. There can be a lot of stigma and a lot of moralizing, but no one else can know better than you do what your mind and body are telling you they need.
- Do we know how psych meds work?: some people say psych meds aren’t valid because we don’t know how they work; except that’s not really true
- Naltrexone: an opioid blocker with a variety of uses, including for dissociation
- Pregnancy and medication use
- Psychiatric side effects: Meds that can make you crazy (literally)
- Anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder evidence-based treatment guidelines
- Borderline personality disorder and medications: they can help, but only so much
- Do antidepressants work? – answers from a new meta-analysis
- Ketamine for treatment-resistant depression
- STAR*D study: a large study looking at antidepressant use in real-world conditions
- Suicide risk with antidepressants:
- Treatment resistant depression
The post mental health workbooks has links to a broad range of sites that offer free therapy-based workbooks and worksheets.
- Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Psychoanalysis-based therapy
- Psychotherapy alphabet soup: an overview of several types of therapy
Wise mind in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) represents the overlap between rational mind and emotion mind.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- CBT for insomnia and for chronic pain
- Cognitive distortions
- Core beliefs
- Exposure and response prevention (often used for OCD)
- Safety behaviour: you think they make you safer, but they actually just reinforce anxiety
- The should monster and shoulding ourselves to death
The Mental Health @ Home Store has a mini e-book PTSD Treatment Options: An Overview.
- Adverse Childhood Experiences study: the ACEs study was pioneering research about the effect of childhood trauma on health in adulthood
- Complex PTSD: Why Isn’t It in the DSM-5?
- Creating a trauma account
- EMDR therapy
- Intergenerational trauma
- SKIDS: Traumatized kids and the school system: this documentary shows an alternative school that operates with a trauma-informed model
Work, Disability, and Workplace Bullying
I’ve faced negative attitudes at work related to my mental illness, and I’ve also experienced workplace bullying. It’s important to talk about these things since they can be so isolating.
Know what your rights are based on disability laws in your area. Workplace Strategies for Mental Health has some useful information on supportive performance management.
- Adapting ambition: changing career goals as a result of mental illness
- Disclosing mental illness at work: the good, the bad, and the ugly
- Is that my career going down the toilet?: getting closer to being unable to work due to mental illness
- Managing working (or not) with disability
- Mental illness and the dreaded job interview: mental illness can create some significant challenges when approaching a job interview