This blog index provides an overview of some of the posts that are part of major recurring themes on Mental Health @ Home. It’s an easy starting point to explore the site.
These features appear weekly on the blog:
- Wednesdays are mental health book reviews
- Thursdays are posts from the What is… Insights into Psychology series
- Saturdays are weekend wrap-up posts, which bring you up to date on what’s going on in my life
- Sundays are for blogging chats
MH@H is more Wikipedia-style than magazine-style, in the sense that the content continues to evolve well past the initial publication date.
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.
So You’ve Just Been Diagnosed with… [A Mental Disorder] is a new project that pulls together the wisdom of the mental health blogging community to support people who’ve been newly diagnosed. If you have any input you’d like to share, that would be much appreciated!
Blog Index Sections
On the Managing the Depression Puzzle page, you’ll find an overview of all things depression on MH@H.
The Psych Meds Made Simple page gives an overview of the medication-related content on MH@H.
The Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis page has links to posts on MH@H covering a variety of different psych diagnoses.
A Brief History of Stigma has resources for challenging mental illness stigma.
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Conceptualizing Chronic Mental Illness
The way that we conceptualize our illnesses influences how we relate to them. The following posts discuss this issue:
- Cutlery metaphors:
- Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Symptoms & Functioning
- A psychiatric view:
- How we talk about mental illness:
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!
- Acceptance: What It Is (and isn’t)
- Emotions: Identifying Emotions | Meta-feelings: How Do You Feel About Feeling Good?
- Let’s Talk About Sex (& Mental Illness)
- Medical Assistance in Dying for Mental Illness
- Mental Illness Life Doesn’t Come with an Instruction Manual: there’s so much more to mental illness life than just the symptoms
- Setting Goals vs. Identifying Valued Directions: mental illness can make goal-setting/achieving difficult
- Social anxiety and introversion/extroversion:
- Dudgeon-o-Meter: when feeling angry or offended is probably not the best time to be acting
- Reacting to Hurt: A Decision Tool: before reacting, it’s a good idea to try to drag yourself into wise mind
- The Worry Tree Decision Tool
- Does Being Organized Make Life Easier or Create More Work?
- Is Mental Illness More of a Reason or an Excuse?: if mental illness stops you from doing things, is that a reason or an excuse?
- The Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Symptoms & Functioning
Our Expectations of Ourselves
- Inner Critic
- Self-Improvement: What about being good enough just as you are?
- Shoulds: The Should Monster and The Power of Saying No to Shoulds
- Toxic Productivity
Negativity & Toxic Positivity
- Happiness is not a choice: it can’t be a choice if mental illness takes it off the menu entirely
- It gets better… or does it?
- 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 internet says yes, but what if mental illness makes you a negative person?
- The “toxic person” label: this kind of overgeneralization probably isn’t useful
- You don’t need to be positive: other emotions are just as valid
As a writer, I love words. Some particular words are a lot of fun, which I explore in these posts:
- A Crazy-Ass Word that Gets Around
- A Fan-fucking-tastic Word: The Linguistic Versatility of Fuck
- Bumpin’ Uglies & Other Slang for What Goes On “Down There”
- Do We Talk Funny? How We Speak in Canada vs. the US and UK
- Having Fun with Idioms
- How High Is Your Dudgeon?
- Internet Acronyms & Proof That I’m Old
- Up Shit Creek Without a Shitgibbon?
Recovery & Wellbeing
What does recovery mean?
- A Look at the Hearing Voices Movement: a recovery-oriented approach to living with hallucinations
- Is Mental Illness Recovery a Choice?: internet memes say yes, but I don’t entirely agree
- The Moving Target of Recovery
- What Is… Recovery?
Forms of Treatment
- Medications: the Psych Meds Made Simple page has an overview of all things medications on MH@H
- Therapy: see below
- Somatic treatments for depression (e.g. ECT, TMS)
- Community treatment:
- Bullet journalling: A bullet journal can be a handy tool for managing your mental health. MH@H has a bujo miniseries, consisting of part 1 (the basics), part 2 (habit & symptom tracking), and part 3 (reflective journalling).
- Illness treatment vs. wellness promotion: When dealing with chronic mental illness, it’s important to incorporate wellness promotion strategies along with treatment interventions.
- Blogging can be quite therapeutic. This post has results from a survey of fellow bloggers on blogging’s mental health benefits.
- Free Mental Health Workbooks
- Psychotherapy alphabet soup provides an overview of several types of therapy
- The Psychology Corner has links to posts on forms of therapy in addition to the ones listed below
- Therapy Tools for Mental Health has some of my favourite ideas from different therapy approaches
- Understanding Mental Health Provider Credentials tells you what the letters after mental health professionals’ names mean
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- ACT metaphors
- Dead people goals
- Life compass
- Suppression of unwanted thoughts – hint: it doesn’t work
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Behavioural experiments
- CBT for chronic pain | for insomnia
- Cognitive distortions – and on a related note, Albert Ellis’s 12 irrational beliefs
- Core beliefs
- Exposure and response prevention (used for OCD)
- Safety behaviours: you think they make you safer, but they actually just reinforce anxiety
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Applying DBT Skills (guest post)
- Book review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook
- Wise mind: the overlap between rational mind and emotion mind
- Wise Words from DBT Creator Marsha Linehan
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!
- 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
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.
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Colon Cleanses
- Dopamine Fasting
- “High Vibration” Essential Oils
- “Natural” health products
- Psychic surgery
- Vitamins to “cure” mental illness?
The 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.
Science and Critical Thinking
It’s hard to avoid being exposed to misinformation, but critical thinking can help separate sense from nonsense.
- Conspiracy Theories: the psychology behind them
- Fake Health News: separating the real from the fake
- Knowledge: the importance of what we don’t know we don’t know
- Political Polls: what they mean and what they don’t
- Research Literacy
- Statistics: can you believe them?
- The Bizarre Spread of the COVID/5G Conspiracy Theory
- Vaccines & autism: The link that doesn’t exist
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Big-T Trauma, Little-t trauma, and Mental Health Cutlery
- Creating a Trauma Account
- EMDR Therapy (guest post)
- How Trauma-Focused CBT Is Helping Me (guest post)
- Medications for nightmares
- SKIDS: Traumatized Kids and the School System
- TED Talks on Trauma
- The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze
- There’s Nothing Weak About PTSD
- Trauma-Informed Practice: how it can improve mental health care
- Trigger Warnings: are they useful?
- Why isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM-5?
Posts in the What Is… series: