The blog index provides an overview of some of the posts that are part of major recurring themes on Mental Health @ Home, to serve as an easy starting point to explore the site.
The weekly blog schedule is:
- Community features may show up Mon–Thur.
- Wednesdays are MH book reviews
- Thursdays are often for “about me” type posts
- Fridays are posts from 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 for info and discussions about all things blogging
The resource pages go into depth on some of the major areas of focus on MH@H and contain a mix of info, tools, and other resources. You can find these in the menu bar above.
Posts By Diagnosis
Here you can find posts tagged under each of these conditions, including guest posts by emerging bloggers.
Blog Index Sections
The official book pages for Managing the Depression Puzzle, Psych Meds Made Simple, and Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, have lots of info and links to related posts on depression, psych meds, and psychiatric diagnosis.
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Conceptualizing Chronic Mental Illness
The ways in which we conceptualize our illnesses influences how we relate to them. The following posts discuss this issue:
- Getting spoonie with it:
- Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning: a way of conceptualizing the complexity of mental illness symptoms and functional domains
- Is “Chemical Imbalance” a Useful Simplification of Mental Illness?: Depression and other mental illnesses are often described as a chemical imbalance, but that’s not really accurate. Is it still useful as a simplification?
- A psychiatric view:
- The social factors in mental illness shape how we experience illness
Negativity & Toxic Positivity
Mental illness can be really hard, and expecting that we should just “choose happiness” is ludicrous.
- Book review: Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich
- Happiness is a choice, my ass: it can’t be a choice if mental illness takes it off the menu entirely
- It gets better… or does it?: some things do get better, but some just don’t
- Pessimism vs. realism: is negativity pessimistic if it’s actually realistic?
- Positive psychology: is it a good fit for mental illness?
- “Should” you avoid negative people?
- The “toxic person” label
- You don’t need to be positive: other emotions are just as valid
What is it?
What can support it?
- Action for Happiness: More Than Just “Choose Happiness”
- Contemplative Practices
- Emotional support animals
- Illness Treatment vs. Wellness Promotion
- Music: how it affects brain and mood
- Painting as a Mindfulness Activity
- Peer support
Besides the posts listed here, I’ve done quite a few book reviews that cover acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and other therapeutic approaches.
- Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Psychotherapy alphabet soup: an overview of several types of therapy
- Therapist-Speak Pet Peeves
- Understanding Mental Health Provider Credentials
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
The COVID-19/Mental Health Coping Toolkit has links to a broad range of sites that offer free therapy-based workbooks and worksheets.
The stress bucket is a great model for conceptualizing how stress pours in and coping mechanisms allow it to pour out.
This post on the diving reflex explains how you can take advantage of this innate reflex to slow down your heart rate.
The post also explains the biology behind why you should slow down your breathing when experiencing acute anxiety/panic.
I have a strong educational background in science and utilizing research, combined with a finely tuned BS-detector. Debunking pseudoscience and public health misinformation makes my mind do a happy dance, and I like to write about it!
- Starting with a belief, and then working back from there, with an “it exists until you can prove it doesn’t”, unlike a scientific “until you prove it, it doesn’t exist” approach
- Broad statements about what something does, but no scientifically sound mechanism is described
- Explanations based on quantum physics coming from people with no physics background
- Energies and energy flows are described without any actual evidence of their existence
Critical Thinking, Media & Research Literacy
The MH@H Download Centre has a mini-ebook on PTSD Treatment Options.
I’ve reviewed some remarkable books by fellow bloggers who have written about their experiences with trauma; you can find these in the book reviews directory.
A number of bloggers have contributed guest posts about trauma as part of the emerging blogger series; these are listed in the community features series directory.
- Are Trigger Warnings Useful?
- Childhood Trauma and the ACEs Study
- Creating a Trauma Account
- Does Ayahuasca Have a Role in Mental Health?
- EMDR Therapy (guest post)
- How Trauma-Informed Practice can Improve Mental Health Care
- SKIDS: Traumatized Kids and the School System
- TED Talks on Trauma
- The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze
- What is… series posts: flashbacks; intergenerational trauma; polyvagal theory; trauma vs. PTSD; window of tolerance
- Why isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM-5?
Work, Disability, and Workplace Bullying
- Adventures Applying for Disability
- Disclosing Mental Illness at Work: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- Facing Job Interviews with Mental Illness
- Flush… Is That My Career Going Down the Toilet?
- How to Manage Working with a Mental Illness Disability
- Mental Illness Disability & Identity Shifts
- Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination