Blog Index

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:

There’s also lots of info on the resources pages, including suggested posts on MH@H relevant to each page’s topic.

Depression

book cover: Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashley L. Peterson

My book Managing the Depression Puzzle has lots more info on depression. 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.

Types of depression

Symptoms of major depressive disorder, from Managing the Depression Puzzle

Symptoms of depression

Anhedonia

Cognitive symptoms

Irritability

manifestations of psychomotor retardation in depression

Physical aspects of depression:

Isolation

Non-medication treatments

Potential causes of depression

Why did I get depressed? Genetics? Childhood? Social supports? Lifestyle?

Identity

Introversion

Negativity & Toxic Positivity

You don't need to be positive - there's room for other emotions too - 2 smiling dolls sitting on a bench

Perfectionism

The vicious cycle of perfectionism
  • Embracing Imperfection: one strategy for countering perfectionistic tendencies is to not just accept imperfections, but embrace them

Psychiatric Medications

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

Psych Meds 101 from Mental Health @ Home

This series is a great place to go for the basics on common types of psychiatric medications:

Med info posts

Evidence-based treatment

Side effects

Experiences taking meds

Self-esteem

Suicide

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.

Language and suicide

Suicide, the media, and social media

How the media reports suicides matters: short list of do's and don'ts

Suicide prevention

Suicide crisis resources – reach out

Therapy

Mini-ebook bundle: ACT Fundamentals, CBT Fundamentals, DBT Skills for Mood Disorders, and PTSD Treatment Options Overview

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.  A therapy mini-ebook collection is also available from the MH@H Store.

Setting sail with the ACT life compass – graphic of a rose compass and the 8 domains of the life compass

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

wise mind: the overlap between reasonable mind and emotional mind

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Trauma

The Mental Health @ Home Store has a mini e-book PTSD Treatment Options: An Overview.

I’ve reviewed a number of books written by trauma survivors; you can find these in the book reviews directory. In particular, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk is an excellent resource.

The neurobiology of trauma and the fight/flight/freeze response
  • Creating a trauma account: this post is about trying to process my experience of workplace bullying using the style of trauma account that’s part of cognitive processing therapy

Work

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.

Workplace bullying