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:
- Wednesdays are MH book reviews
- Thursdays are often for lighter fare, like “about me,” “just for fun,” or photography posts
- Fridays are posts from the What is… Insights into Psychology 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 each week
- Sundays are for info and discussions about all things blogging
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
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.
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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:
- Getting spoonie with it:
- Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning: a way of conceptualizing the complexity of mental illness symptoms and functional domains
- The social factors in mental illness shape our individual experiences
- A psychiatric view:
- A scientific view:
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!
- Does Mental Illness Make You Hard to Love?: you’re just as worthy of love, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always easy
- How Do You Feel About Feeling Good?: when you’re used to feeling bad, feeling good can be a strange beast
- How Hard Do You Push Yourself Against Mental Illness?: mental illness can have its limitations, but how hard do you try to resist them?
- 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?
- Let’s Talk About Sex (& Mental Illness)
- Mental Illness Goes Grocery Shopping: it’s harder than it might seem
- Mental Illness Life Doesn’t Come with an Instruction Manual: there’s so much more to mental illness life than simply the symptoms of the illness itself
- Non-Acceptance, Suffering, and Mental Illness: can acceptance help to reduce mental illness-related suffering?
- When “Okay” Is Not Okay: looks at some of the things we say to hide being not okay
Effects of MI on thinking and decision-making:
- How Big a Role Has Fear Played in Your Decisions?
- How Much Control Do You Have Over Your Mind?: we can change how we react to our initial thoughts and emotions, but can we actually control those initial reactions?
- What Speed Does Your Mental Illness Mind Move At?: does your mental illness give you fast or slow brain?
- What’s Your Mental Illness Decision-Making Style?: depending on how mental illness affects your thinking pattern, it can have different effects on your decision-making
Mental illness and identity
- A Question of Identity: What Makes You, You?
- Are You Your Mental Illness?: looks at the extent to which you’ve incorporated your mental illness identity into your core self
- What Does the Self Consist of?
Work & Disability
- Adventures Applying for Disability
- An Identity Milestone: No Longer a Nurse
- Disclosing Mental Illness at Work
- Facing Job Interviews with Mental Illness
- Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination
- Mental Illness and Working vs. Disability
- Mental Illness Disability & Identity Shifts
Negativity & Toxic Positivity
Mental illness can be really hard, and expecting that we should just “choose happiness” is ludicrous.
- Are you an unsafe person?: maybe we shouldn’t be labelling people as good or bad
- Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich – book review
- 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?: some things do get better, but some just don’t
- Pessimism vs. realism: is negativity pessimistic if it’s actually realistic?
- Positive psychology: is it a good fit for mental illness?
- Self-Improvement — Or How About Good Enough?
- “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
Recovery & Wellbeing
What is recovery?
- A Look at the Hearing Voices Movement: a recovery-oriented approach to living with hallucinations
- Finding Recovery in Spite of Mental Illness: recovery doesn’t have to mean absence of symptoms
- Is Mental Illness Recovery a Choice?: internet memes say yes, but I disagree
- The Moving Target of Recovery
- 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.
What can support well-being?
- Contemplative Practices
- Emotional support animals
- Happiness as actions: seeking happiness through our approach to life rather than fleeting emotions
- Peer support
- Self-compassion: you deserve kindness just as much as anyone else
- The pillars of joy (from The Book of Joy)
- Therapeutic writing/blogging
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)
- Hospitalization: you can read about my own experiences in Postcards from the Loony Bin
- Community treatment:
- 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)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
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
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
Critical Thinking, Media & Research Literacy
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Creating a Trauma Account
- EMDR Therapy (guest post)
- Looking For Forgiveness – And Finding it in an Unexpected Way
- Nightmares: medications that can help
- PTSD Treatment Options: a mini-ebook available from the MH@H Download Centre
- SKIDS: Traumatized Kids and the School System
- TED Talks on Trauma
- The Neurobiology of Traumatic Fight/Flight/Freeze
- Trauma-Informed Practice: how it can improve mental health care
- Trigger Warnings: are they useful?
- Why isn’t Complex PTSD in the DSM-5?
Visit the Psychology Corner to find trauma-related posts in the What Is… (Insights into Psychology) series, including: