This index provides an overview of the posts that appear as part of major recurring theme on the Mental Health @ Home blog. The weekly MH@H blog schedule includes:
- Guest blogs may show up Mondays & Wednesdays from the Emerging blogger series and Tuesdays & Thursdays from the Wounded Healers interview series.
- Wednesdays are book reviews
- Fridays are the What is… 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 that week
- Sundays are for blogging about blogging – there’s a directory of these posts on the Blogging & Writing Tips page.
Topics covered in this index include:
- Psychiatric medications
- Toxic positivity
- Work workplace bullying, and mental health
- Are You Your Illness?
- Depression and Closet/Identity Thinning
- How genuine are you online?
- Mental Illness Disability & Identity Shifts
- What Is It That Makes You, You?
- What Does the Self Consist of?
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.
Psych Meds 101 Series
This series is a great place to go for the basics on common types of psychiatric medications:
Med info posts
- Do antidepressants work? What a new meta-analysis says – some people insist antidepressants just don’t work, but overall, this study shows they do
- 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
- Evidence-based treatment of anxiety – treatment guidelines for anxiety
- Evidence-based treatment of bipolar disorder: the CANMAT/ISBD guidelines
- I dream of ketamine – ketamine for treatment-resistant isn’t universally available
- Medication Use in Pregnancy
- Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around – this medication has a variety of uses, including for dissociation
- The role of medications in borderline personality disorder – they can help, but only so much
- Treatment resistant depression: When what’s supposed to work doesn’t
- What the STAR*D study means for depression treatment – STAR*D was a large study that looked at antidepressant use in real-world conditions
- Where did our meds go? – dealing with medication shortages
- Antidepressants and Suicide Risk – a look at what the research evidence actually shows
- Dead if you do, dead if you don’t? Weighing the risks & benefits of medications – medications can cause some serious side effects, but the effects of untreated mental illness are also significant
- Do I look fat in this Seroquel? – psych meds and weight gain
- Do you tend to blame your illness or your meds? – when you’re experiencing something negative, do you tend to think of it as a symptom of your illness or a side effect of your medication?
- Meds that can make you crazy (literally) – medications that can have psychiatric side effects
Experiences taking meds
- My experiences of going off meds – I’ve stopped taking meds a couple of times in the past; this is what it was like for me
- My Version of Being Pro-Medication – the MH@H stance on medication
- Our complicated relationships with medications – psych meds aren’t simply something we take
- Pill popper RN – the psych meds that this nurse takes
Suicide is a huge issue for people dealing with mental illness. It’s important that we talk about it, and that conversation needs to address a range of different experiences with suicide as well as the need for more effective mental illness treatment to mitigate risk.
The MH@H Store has a free Safety Plan resource to guide you through planning ahead of time to cope when thoughts of suicide are getting bad.
- Cognitive deconstruction and the lead up to suicide
- How picky should we be about suicide-related language? – is “committed suicide” something worth making an issue out of?
- How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts? – what happens who you report a suicidal tweet to Twitter?
- No regrets? Surviving attempted suicide – not everyone regrets it afterwards
- Privacy and completed suicide – a look at whether it’s ok to share the writings of someone who died by suicide
- Stigma and How the Public Views On Suicide
- TED Talks on depression and suicide
- The way the media talks about suicide matters – media guidelines for suicide reporting
- What goes too far on social media? – is it useful to widely broadcast suicidal messages?
- What if a stranger tells you they’re suicidal? – handling suicidal messages received from people you don’t know
- Working On Us mental health prompts on suicide and passive suicidal ideation
- World Suicide Prevention Day – Suicide is not selfish
- Barriers to help-seeking for suicidal ideation – when help is available, what stops people from reaching out?
- Crisis resources for suicide prevention – has a listing of suicide crisis lines and crisis text/chat services
- Guilt Is Not a Suicide Prevention Strategy – trying to make someone feel guilty for how others would feel if they died is not effective
- How do we prevent suicide?
- Some thoughts on suicide – effective prevention requires more effective treatment options for the mental illnesses that can lead to suicide
- Will suicide ever be 100% preventable?
Besides the posts listed here, I’ve also done book reviews that cover acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and other therapeutic approaches. A therapy mini-ebook collection is also available from the MH@H Store.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Exploring values
- Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life – a review of this book that gives a great grounding in ACT
- Setting sail with the ACT life compass
- Suppression of unwanted thoughts
- Thoughts as leaves on a stream
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- CBT for insomnia
- What is… CBT for pain
- Cognitive distortions
- Cognitive distortions: Getting personal
- Drilling down to core beliefs
- Pass the magical thinking hat
- Shoulding Ourselves to Death
- The Should Monster
- What is… Exposure and response prevention (ERP)
- What is… Safety behaviour
- What, You Don’t Do Mind-Reading?!?
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- What is… a Defense mechanism
- What is… Freudian psychoanalytic theory
- What is… Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- What is… Transference & countertransference
- Links to free Mental health worksheets and mental health workbooks
- My therapy journal (a guest post on PanoramicCounseling.com)
- Psychotherapy alphabet soup – an overview of different types of therapy
- What is… Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
- What is… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), aka tapping
- What is… Hypnotherapy
- What is… Motivational interviewing
- How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?
- Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass
- It Gets Better… Or Does It?
- You Don’t Need to Be Positive
The Mental Health @ Home Store has a mini e-book PTSD Treatment Options: An Overview.
- Creating a trauma account (based on cognitive processing therapy)
- EMDR therapy (guest post)
- How trauma-informed practice can improve mental health care
- TED Talks on trauma
- The neurobiology of traumatic fight/flight/freeze
- What is… Stockholm syndrome (trauma bonding)
- What we can learn about trauma from the ACEs study: the Adverse Childhood Events study was pioneering research about the effect of childhood trauma on health in adulthood
- Why is complex PTSD not in the DSM-5?
Work, workplace bullying, and mental health
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.
- Adapting ambition to circumstances – changing career goals as a result of mental illness
- Disclosing mental illness at work: The good, the bad, and the ugly
- Flush… is that my career going down the toilet? – getting closer to being unable to work due to mental illness
- Learning to name workplace bullying
- Making sense of workplace bullying
- 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
- The Effects of Bullying on Mental Health
- The other #metoo: Experiencing workplace bullying
- What is… Burnout