Blog Index

This index provides an overview of the posts that appear as part of major recurring theme on MH@H, to hopefully make it easier for you to explore the blog.

The weekly blog schedule is:

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Resource pages

Find posts by topic

Posts by diagnostic group

Here you can find posts tagged in each of these conditions. Some posts are by guest emerging bloggers.

Depression and trauma are covered below.

book cover: Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis by Ashley L. Peterson

Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis offers a multi-faceted perspective on the reality of mental illness, combining diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5, commentary based on clinical experience, and first-hand accounts from guest contributors living with various illnesses.

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Depression

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

My latest book, Managing the Depression Puzzle, covers a wide variety of different strategies that might be helpful in managing your own unique depression puzzle. It covers medications, somatic treatments like ECT, psychotherapeutic approaches, mindfulness, self-care, and more.


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.


Is there a root cause for depression? - graphic of a head with a tree

Symptoms of major depressive disorder, from Managing the Depression Puzzle

Symptoms of depression

The mix of symptoms can vary over time. Different subtypes of depression have their own typical patterns, including melancholic depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and seasonal affective disorder.

Anhedonia:

Cognitive symptoms:

Decreased energy:

Irritabiliity:

Isolation:

manifestations of psychomotor retardation in depression

Movement effects:


Non-medication treatments

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Negativity & Toxic Positivity

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

Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do by Ashley L. Peterson

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. I am pro-medication as an option, but decisions should be made based on an individual weighing of risks and benefits.

More than any other kind of medication, though, we often have complicated relationships with medications. There can be a lot of stigma and a lot of moralizing, but no one else can know better than you do what your mind and body are telling you they need.


Psych Meds 101 from Mental Health @ Home

The psych meds 101 series is a great place to go for the basics on common types of psychiatric medications:

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Therapy

Therapy mini-ebook collection from Mental Health @ Home

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.


The post mental health workbooks has links to a broad range of sites that offer free therapy-based workbooks and worksheets.

wise mind: the overlap between reasonable mind and emotional mind

Wise mind in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) represents the overlap between rational mind and emotion mind.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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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.

Consequences of adverse childhood experiences
The neurobiology of trauma and the fight/flight/freeze response
  • Trauma-informed practice: this approach to mental health care recognizing the enduring impact trauma can have on relating to others
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Work, Disability, and Workplace Bullying

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

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