Mental Health @ Home Blog Index

Mental Health @ Home blog index

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:

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Resource Pages
These pages go into depth on some of the major areas of focus on MH@H, with a mix of information, tools, and links to other resources. You can find these in the menu bar above.

Managing the Depression Puzzle, Second edition, by Ashley L. Peterson

The Managing the Depression Puzzle page provides an overview of all things depression on MH@H.

Book cover: Psych Meds Made Simple by Ashley L. Peterson

The Psych Meds Made Simple page gives an overview of medication-related content on MH@H.

Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis by Ashley L. Peterson

Head over to the Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis page for more on psychiatric diagnoses.

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Conceptualizing Chronic Mental Illness

The mental illness cutlery drawer: graphic of spoons, forks, knives, and more
The rainbow model of mental illness symptom and functional domains from Mental Health @ Home

The way that we conceptualize our illnesses influences how we relate to them. The following posts discuss this issue:

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Negativity & Toxic Positivity

Mental illness can be really hard, and expecting that we should just “choose happiness” is ludicrous.

You don't need to be positive - there's room for other emotions too
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Recovery & Wellbeing

What can support it?

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Treatment Toolbox

Besides illness treatment strategies, it’s important to have wellness promotion to take care of your whole self.


Therapy

Psychotherapy alphabet soup provides an overview of several types of therapy, while Understanding Mental Health Provider Credentials tells you what the letters after mental health professionals’ names mean.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
dbt wise mind as overlap between reasonable mind and emotion mind

Therapy Tools

There’s also some ideas in the post Therapy Tools for Mental Health.

The dive reflex - graphic of a dolphin

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.

The science corner: Pseudoscience, public health, & media literacy

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!

How to Spot Pseudoscience talks more about how to fine-tune your BS radar. The main idea, though, is to use critical thinking. Don’t accept things just because they’re put in front of you.

Hallmarks of pseudoscience
  • 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
Debunking Pseudoscience
Do thoughts vibrate?  What the law of attraction says vs what science says
  • Law of attraction: There’s something to be said for the idea that believing something positive will help you to act in ways that increase the chances that something positive will end up coming your way. Except the law of attraction says don’t act, just vibrate out to the universe.
  • Speaking of which, do thoughts vibrate? The law of attraction relies on pseudoscience to yes, but actual science says nope, not a chance.
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Trauma

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.

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Work, Disability, and Workplace Bullying

After experiencing workplace bullying in 2016, my nursing career began to crumble due to depression. I last worked in 2019, and started on disability benefits in 2021.

Workplace bullying

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