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
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.

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 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 ways in which 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

What is it?

What can support it?

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Therapy

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. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
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Therapy Tools

The COVID-19/Mental Health Coping Toolkit has links to a broad range of sites that offer free therapy-based workbooks and worksheets. There’s also some ideas in the post Therapy Tools for Mental Health.

The Stress bucket model: stressors fill up the bucket, coping skills release stress out of the bucket

The stress bucket is a great model for conceptualizing how stress pours in and coping mechanisms allow it to pour out.

The dive

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

Workplace bullying

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