This is a bonus second book review for this week. I always like the chance to read books by fellow bloggers, so I'm stepping out of my usual mental health book box. Shattered by Michelle Tikalsky is a young adult novel that tells the story of a budding romance between Mitch and Callie. Mitch is a … Continue reading Book Review: Shattered
The A to Z of Eating Disorders by Emma Woolf is an A to Z encyclopedia of terms and concepts related to eating disorders. Some terms, like body mass index, are covered in a couple of paragraphs, while others have lengthier explanations. The book includes some terms not directly to do with eating disorders, such as … Continue reading Book Review: The A to Z of Eating disorders
It's week 12 of the working on us prompt series from Beckie at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for the guidelines for participating. This week's focus is on self-care. Prompt #1 Questions: Were their signs of your self-care routine lacking before you were officially diagnosed with a mental illness/disorders? My memory of … Continue reading Working On Us: Week 12
Why? Whatever the issue might be, and whatever might be happening to us, we always want to know why. (Note: you can read a bit more about that in my post on attribution theory.) For people taking psychiatric medications for mental illness, there's often a lot going on in both mind and body, and it … Continue reading Do you tend to blame your illness or your meds?
Cannabis. It's a plant that's well known for getting people high, but it's also become increasingly accepted for medicinal purposes, particularly for pain and nausea. But what do we know about the interaction between cannabis and mental illness? There's been a clearly established link between cannabis use and triggering the onset of psychotic illness in … Continue reading What Does the Research Say on Cannabis and Mental Illness?
The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by TheInBetweenQueen. As … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: The In Between Queen
We've all got our own way of approaching blog comments, both the ones we give and the ones we receive. Various people have written about this, and even more have written about it since I scheduled this post, but I thought I'd go ahead and toss out my own perspective. I remember a year or … Continue reading How do we comment?
Here's what happened in my life over the past week: I had a rather unpleasant exchange with another blogger. They had emailed me asking for some blogging tips, and it was actually someone who I'd just unfollowed a couple days prior to that after they'd expressed some views about a connection between mental illness and … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: amnesia Amnesia is a memory deficit that can go in two different directions. Retrograde amnesia goes backward, affecting previously stored memories. Anterograde amnesia goes forward, affecting the ability to move short-term memory information into new long-term stored memories. … Continue reading What is… amnesia
Google stalking others is a bad habit that I need to really make an effort to put the kibosh on every so often. And just a side note, using the term "stalking" lightly in this way is not in any way intended to diminish the harm of actual stalking. I'm not actually talking about real … Continue reading Do You Ever Google Stalk Yourself?
Join the MH Conversation is a new series starting next week on Mental Health @ Home. It will give people who don't write about mental illness on their own blogs the opportunity to do a guest post sharing their personal experiences with mental illness. The idea is to give people a safe space to tell … Continue reading New series: Join the MH Conversation
It's week 11 of the Working on Us mental health prompt series from Beckie of Beckie's Mental Mess. Please see Beckie's post for details on how to participate. This week's focus is on emotional support/therapy animals. Prompt #1 Questions: Do you own a pet for emotional support and/or service/therapy? I don't think I'd say I … Continue reading Working On Us – Week 11
A bonus second book review for today! Behold Her Majestic Fog is written by my dear blogging friend Meg Kimball. I knew going in that this was a young adult novel in the "campy horror" genre, but I wasn't sure what that actually meant. Well, now I know. The novel takes place during a church lock-in, … Continue reading Book review: Behold Her Majestic Fog
Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person is written by journalist Anna Mehler Paperny, and is both a story of her own personal experiences of suicidality and an in-depth journalistic exploration of depression and suicide. The author has done her research well. The book contains information gleaned from interviews with … Continue reading Book Review: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me
People often talk about feeling stressed out. The combination of multiple work, family, and other commitments can start to feel like they're crushing us. So what exactly is stress? It occurs when strain is placed on the body in a way that disrupts its normal balance and functioning. The source of this stress can be … Continue reading How Stress Affects the Body & Mind