This index provides an overview of the posts that appear as part of a recurring theme or series on the Mental Health @ Home blog. There are also pages devoted to the themes of social justice and stigma, which you can find in the menus above.
Here’s an overview of the weekly blog schedule:
- Guest blogs may show up Mondays & Wednesdays from the Emerging blogger series.
- Wednesdays are book reviews
- Fridays are the what is… 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 that week
- Sundays are for blogging about blogging (scroll down to see a list of these posts)
From time to time, guest bloggers who don’t fit the criteria for the emerging blogger series will make an appearance on MH@H. Past pop-up gues blog posts include:
- EMDR Therapy – Johnzelle Anderson of Panoramic Counseling
- My life with chronic schizoaffective disorder – Matt, The Politics of Being Kind
These posts draw on my training and experience as a mental health nurse and former pharmacist. My book Psych Meds Made Simple has plenty of information about psych meds all in one place.
Psych meds 101 series:
- Dead if you do, dead if you don’t? Weighing the risks & benefits of medications
- Do antidepressants work? What a new meta-analysis says
- Do I look fat in this Seroquel?
- Do We Know How Psych Meds Work?
- Evidence- based treatment of anxiety
- Evidence-based treatment of bipolar disorder: the CANMAT/ISBD guidelines
- I dream of ketamine
- Meds that can make you crazy (literally)
- My experiences of going off meds
- Our complicated relationships with medications
- Pill popper RN
- The role of medications in borderline personality disorder
- Treatment resistant depression: When what’s supposed to work doesn’t
- What the STAR*D study means for depression treatment
- Where did our meds go?
Pseudoscience and Science
Pseudoscience masquerading as legit science is a huge pet peeve of mine, so I like to rant about it sometimes.
- Can the flu vaccine give you the flu?
- Do thoughts vibrate?
- Government-funded quackery
- Is “natural” better when it comes to health?
- Is the law of attraction real?
- Understanding the implications of research design
- Vaccines and autism: The link that doesn’t exist
- Why do people think vitamins can cure mental illness?
- Why research literacy matters in mental health
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.
On the Mental Health @ Home Store, there’s a Safety Plan resource to guide you through planning ahead of time to cope when thoughts of suicide are getting bad.
- Cognitive deconstruction and the lead up to suicide
- Crisis resources for suicide prevention
- Hello, stranger? I’m suicidal.
- How do we prevent suicide?
- How picky should we be about suicide-related language?
- No regrets? Surviving attempted suicide
- Privacy and completed suicide
- Public Views On Suicide
- Some thoughts on suicide
- Suicide and barriers to help-seeking
- TED Talks on depression and suicide
- The way the media talks about suicide matters
- What goes too far on social media?
- Will suicide ever be 100% preventable?
- Working On Us mental health prompts #7 (suicide) and #16 (passive suicidal ideation)
- World Suicide Prevention Day – Suicide is not selfish
The Mental Health @ Home Store has a mini e-book on DBT Skills for Mood Disorders.
- CBT Cognitive distortions
- CBT for insomnia
- Drilling down to core beliefs (CBT)
- Finding wise mind (DBT)
- Mental health worksheets galore
- My therapy journal (a post I did on PanoramicCounseling.com)
- Online mental health workbooks
- Psychotherapy alphabet soup
- Setting sail with the ACT life compass (acceptance and commitment therapy)
The Mental Health @ Home Store has a mini e-book PTSD Treatment Options: An Overview.
- Creating a trauma account
- How trauma-informed practice can improve mental health care
- TED Talks on trauma
- The neurobiology of traumatic fight/flight/freeze
- What we can learn about trauma from the ACEs study: the Adverse Childhood Events study was pioneering research about the effect of childhood trauma on health in adulthood
- Why is complex PTSD not in the DSM-5?
Work issues and workplace bullying
I’ve faced negative attitudes at work related to my mental illness, and I’ve also experienced workplace bullying. I think it’s important to talk about these things because they can be so isolating.
- Adapting ambition to circumstances
- Disclosing mental illness at work: The good, the bad, and the ugly
- Flush… is that my career going down the toilet?
- Learning to name workplace bullying
- Making sense of workplace bullying
- Managing working (or not) with disability
- Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination
- Mental illness and the dreaded job interview
- The other #metoo: Experiencing workplace bullying
Blogging about blogging
I’ve been blogging since 2017, and I’ve picked up a few things along the way that might be useful to other bloggers.
For more step-by-step info, the Mental Health @ Home Store has a how-to guide on Building a WordPress.com Blog From the Ground Up.
- A grumpy guide to blogging etiquette
- Are bloggers “supposed” to have an email list?
- Are there seasonal changes in blog traffic?
- Blog comments and censorship
- Blogging and copyright
- Blogging & Blossoming – a series I did on Best Life Collaborative
- Crazy-Making Blog Comparisons
- Do you reblog?
- Do You Repost Your Own Content?
- Do You Promote Your Blog on Social Media?
- Evergreen blogging and the WordPress reader
- Get out your duster – it’s blog housekeeping time!
- Growth should not be at others’ expense
- How do we comment?
- How do you follow? – Survey results
- How to build a mental health blog
- Managing Blog Spam
- Options to make money with blogging
- The awkward topic of blogging & money
- The doofus-friendly lowdown on SEO for bloggers
- Useful Tools for Bloggers
- Using images in blog posts
- What is your blogging brand?
- What makes you unfollow?
Writing can be a valuable therapeutic tool in dealing with illness, and it’s an important way of challenging stigma.
- How and why I write
- My anti-rules for writing
- Pursue Your Writing Dreams, a series I did over at Best Life Collaborative
- Spread your writing wings
- The blogger’s guide to the basics of self-publishing
- Ways to share your story
- Why I like reviewing books
Travelling has long been a passion of mine, and sometimes I like to write about it.