Mental Health @ Home Blog Index

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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:

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Resource Pages

These pages go into depth on some of the major areas of focus on MH@H, with a mix of information, tools, and links to other resources. You can find these in the menu bar above.

Blog Index Sections
Book cover: Managing the Depression Puzzle, Second edition, by Ashley L. Peterson

On the Managing the Depression Puzzle page, you’ll find an overview of all things depression on MH@H.

Book cover: Psych Meds Made Simple by Ashley L. Peterson

The Psych Meds Made Simple page gives an overview of the medication-related content on MH@H.

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

The Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis page has links to posts on MH@H covering a variety of different psych diagnoses.

Book cover: A Brief History of Stigma by Ashley L. Peterson

A Brief History of Stigma will be released in late 2021. The book page has resources for mental health advocacy.

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Conceptualizing Chronic Mental Illness

The mental illness cutlery drawer: graphic of spoons, forks, knives, and more
The rainbow model of mental illness symptom and functional domains from Mental Health @ Home

The way that we conceptualize our illnesses influences how we relate to them. The following posts discuss this issue:


Mental Illness Life

There are a lot of mental processes and issues to navigate around identity that have a lot in common across different mental illness diagnoses. Mental illness life definitely isn’t simple!


Effects of MI on thinking and decision-making:


Mental illness and identity


Work & Disability


Negativity & Toxic Positivity

Mental illness can be really hard, and expecting that we should just “choose happiness” is ludicrous.

You don't need to be positive 24/7: there's room for other emotions too

Recovery & Wellbeing

What is recovery?

When dealing with mental illness, illness treatment strategies may not be enough on their own; it’s also important to have wellness promotion strategies to take care of your whole self.

8 pillars of joy from The Book of Joy: perspective, humor, forgiveness, gratitude, acceptance, compassion, humility, generosity

What can support well-being?


Treatment Toolbox

Forms of Treatment

  • Medications: the Psych Meds Made Simple page has an overview of all things medications on MH@H
  • Therapy: see below; as well, the COVID-19/Mental Health Coping Toolkit has links to a broad range of sites that offer free therapy-based workbooks and worksheets
  • Brain stimulation for depression (e.g. ECT, TMS)

Treatment Settings


Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and commitment therapy metaphors: passengers on a bus, tug of war, leaves on a stream, and the chessboard
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Therapy mini-ebook collection from Mental Health @ Home

The Therapy Mini-Ebook Collection is also available from the MH@H Download Centre. It includes:

  • ACT Fundamentals
  • CBT Fundamentals
  • DBT Skills for Mood Disorders
  • PTSD Treatment Options: An Overview

The science corner: Pseudoscience, public health, & media literacy

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!

Hallmarks of pseudoscience

Hallmarks of pseudoscience:

  • Science: “until you prove it, it doesn’t exist” vs. pseudoscience: “it exists because I say so until you can prove it doesn’t”
  • Broad statements about what something does, but the “how” is magic wand-waving
  • Quantum physics talk from non-physicists
  • Energies and energy flows are described without any actual evidence of their existence
Critical Thinking, Media & Research Literacy

It’s hard to avoid being exposed to misinformation, but critical thinking can help separate sense from nonsense.

Debunking Pseudoscience

I took a lot of science courses in university, and when I hear people claiming their nonsense is based in science, it’s like a loud alarm to my corner of the geekoverse.

Law of attraction is an extremely popular pseudoscience phenomenon. There’s something to be said for the idea that wanting something will make the universe send it your way. Except the law of attraction says don’t act, just vibrate out to the universe. The idea that thoughts vibrate is pseudoscientific nonsense, though, and unless you can Manifest a Purple People Eater, manifestation is nonsense, too.

Public Health

As a former nurse and pharmacist, I’ve been educated on how communicable diseases and vaccines work. There are lots of myths and misinformation circulating about public health that simply aren’t consistent with basic infectious disease principles.


Trauma

Visit the Psychology Corner to find trauma-related posts in the What Is… (Insights into Psychology) series, including:

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