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:
- Guest blogs may show up on:
- Wednesdays are mental health book reviews
- Fridays are posts from the What is… Insights into Psychology 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 each week
- Sundays are for info and discussions about all things blogging
The resource pages go into depth on some of the major areas of focus on MH@H and contain a variety of info, tools, and other resources.
Posts By Diagnosis
Here you can find posts tagged in each of these conditions. Some posts are by guest emerging bloggers.
Blog Index Sections
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 ways in which we conceptualize our illnesses influences how we relate to them. The following posts discuss this issue:
- Getting spoonie with it:
- Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning: a way of conceptualizing the complexity of mental illness symptoms and functional domains
- Is “Chemical Imbalance” a Useful Simplification of Mental Illness?: Depression and other mental illnesses are often described as a chemical imbalance, but that’s not really accurate. Is it still useful as a simplification?
- A psychiatric view:
Negativity & Toxic Positivity
Mental illness can be really hard, and expecting that we should just “choose happiness” is ludicrous.
- Book review: Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich
- Happiness is a choice, my ass: it can’t be a choice if mental illness takes it off the menu entirely
- It gets better… or does it?: some things do get better, but some just don’t
- Pessimism vs. realism: is negativity pessimistic if it’s actually realistic?
- Positive psychology: is it a good fit for mental illness?
- “Should” you avoid negative people?
- The “toxic person” label
- You don’t need to be positive: other emotions are just as valid
What is mental illness recovery?
- Is Mental Illness Recovery a Choice?
- The Moving Target of Recovery
- Finding Recovery in Spite of Mental Illness
- What Is… Recovery?
- What Would Recovery Look Like?
Ways of framing recovery and wellness
- Action for Happiness: More Than Just “Choose Happiness”
- Mental Illness Treatment vs. Wellness Promotion
- What We Can Learn from the Medicine Wheel
- Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
The COVID-19/Mental Health Coping Toolkit has links to a broad range of sites that offer free therapy-based workbooks and worksheets.
- Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Psychotherapy alphabet soup: an overview of several types of therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
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!
- 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