This is blog index is 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.
An overview of the weekly blog schedule:
- Mondays and Wednesdays are posts from the Emerging blogger series
- Wednesdays are book reviews
- Thursdays are the posts from the Join the MH conversation series.
- 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)
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?
- 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 is not OK
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.
- 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
- 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?
- World Suicide Prevention Day – Suicide is not selfish
Therapy (CBT, DBT, etc.)
- CBT Cognitive distortions
- CBT for insomnia
- Drilling down to core beliefs
- Finding wise mind
- Mental health worksheets galore
- Online mental health workbooks
- Psychotherapy alphabet soup
- Setting sail with the ACT life compass
- 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
- Why is complex PTSD not in the DSM-5?
Work and workplace bullying
I have 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
- Learning to name workplace bullying
- Making sense of workplace bullying
- Managing working (or not) with disability
- Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination
- 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.
- 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 over on Best Life Collaborative
- Do you reblog?
- Evergreen blogging and the WordPress reader
- Get out your duster – it’s blog housekeeping time!
- 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?
Writing can be a valuable therapeutic tool in dealing with illness, and it’s an important way of challenging stigma.
- Choosing the right tone to write about chronic illness
- 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.
- How do you say antidepressant in Uzbek?
- I like airplane mode
- Leaving on a jet plane
- Places ticked off my bucket list
- Pressing reset (or maybe just pause)
- Pros and cons of travelling for mental health
- The downside of being a solo female traveller
- Travelling with depression as a carry-on