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!
Most Popular Posts
The top five most popular posts on MH@H in the last quarter are:
- Free Mental Health Workbooks
- A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms
- Identifying Emotions
- Applying Spoon Theory to Living with Mental Illness
- What’s New in the DSM-5-TR?
- Review: Weight Loss for Binge Eaters Course
- Summer Sizzle Survey Responses
- Blogging Toolbox III: Content & Writing
- Weekend Wrap-Up
Blog Index Sections
The Managing the Depression Puzzle page is a hub for all things depression on MH@H.
The Psych Meds Made Simple page is a hub for all 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.
Find Posts by Category
Popular Tags on MH@H
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Addiction Anxiety Bipolar Disorder Blogging Blogging Tps Book Reviews Books Brain CBT Cognition Depression Disability Emotions Health Language Medication Memoir Mental Health Mental Health Care Mental Illness Mindfulness Mood Disorder Personality Prejudice Pseudoscience Psychiatric Diagnosis Psychiatric Hospitalization Psychiatric Medication Psychiatric Treatment Psychiatry Psychology Psychosis PTSD Recovery Relationships Social Interaction Social Justice Social Norms Society Stigma Suicide Therapy Trauma Wellbeing & Wellness
Hub posts (in addition to the book pages that serve as hubs) are good places to start exploring topics on MH@H, and they’ll connect you to other related posts.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy: ACT Metaphors
- Borderline personality disorder: What Is… Borderline Personality Disorder
- Emotions: Identifying Emotions
- Fun with language: Up Shit Creek Without a Shitgibbon?
- Introversion: How Common Is Introversion?
- Perfectionism: What Is… Perfectionism
- Pseudoscience debunking: How to Spot Pseudoscience
- Psych med side effects: Living with Psych Med Side Effects
- Psychiatric hospitalization: Cell Phones on Psych Wards—Yea or Nay?
- Psychosis: Let’s Talk About Psychosis
- Quotes: Quotes Galore: Eeyore, Mental Health, and More
- Sleep: What Is… Sleep and Dreaming
- Social privilege: Social Privileges as a Counterpoint to Social Burdens
- Stigma and language: The Problem with Language Policing
- Suicide: Is Suicide a Choice? (Regardless, It’s Not Selfish)
- Therapy: Psychotherapy alphabet soup
- Toxic positivity and happiness: Toxic Positivity: What It Is and Why It’s Not Helpful
- Work & disability: Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination
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 what it’s not)
- Emotions: Identifying Emotions | Meta-feelings: How Do You Feel About Feeling Good?
- How Are You? When “I’m Okay” Means Not Okay At All
- Let’s Talk About Sex (& Mental Illness)
- Medical Assistance in Dying for Mental Illness
- Mental Illness & Hygiene: Survey Results: results from a survey asking bloggers how their illness affects their hygiene
- 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
- 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
- Ring Theory: Comfort In, Dump Out
- The Worry Tree Decision Tool
Our Expectations of Ourselves
- Do You Experience Impostor Syndrome?
- Inner Critic
- Is it Better to Have High or Low Expectations?
- Shoulds: The Should Monster and The Power of Saying No to Shoulds
- Toxic Productivity
Recovery & Wellbeing
What does recovery mean?
- A Look at the Hearing Voices Movement: a recovery-oriented approach to living with hallucinations
- Exploring the Wheel of Wellness
- 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)
- Inpatient hospitalization
- Community treatment:
- Bullet journalling: A bullet journal can be a handy tool for managing your mental health. I’ve done posts on the basics and habit & symptom tracking.
- 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
- 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
- What’s in My Therapy Journal
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
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
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Big-T Trauma, Little-t trauma, and Mental Health Cutlery
- Creating a Trauma Account
- Does Ayahuasca Have a Role in Mental Health?
- EMDR Therapy (guest post)
- How Trauma-Focused CBT Is Helping Me (guest post)
- Medications for nightmares in PTSD
- 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?
Topics covered in the What Is… series: