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 Sarah from … Continue reading Emerging Blogger: Sarah
Let me start off by saying I don't entirely know what I'm talking about here, so I may get some things wrong. Oh well, such is life. WordPress is WordPress is WordPress, right? Well, no. There's actually a very big difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. With WordPress.com, you sign up for a plan (either free … Continue reading How many ways can you WordPress?
Here's what happened in my life over the past week: My parents are in town cat-sitting for my brother. I had dinner with them one night this week, and it was uneventful, but I just don't feel comfortable around them. It wasn't anything they were doing, but depression has always made it hard for me … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: paranoia Kind of like anxiety and depression, the word paranoia often gets tossed around fairly loosely in common parlance, but in a psychological/psychiatric sense it's far more significance. Google Dictionary defines paranoia as: "a mental condition characterized by delusions … Continue reading What is… paranoia
As a nurse in my province (British Columbia, Canada), if I am hospitalized for mental illness then the provincial Health Professions Act requires the hospital to report me to the nursing regulatory college, and the college must treat this as a complaint about my fitness to practice. This ends up with being offering the non-choice … Continue reading Doing My Bit in the Fight Against Stigma
It's week 2 of Beckie's "Working On Us" mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. If you're interested in participating, hop on over to her page for the complete info. 🌻 Prompt #1 What do you find to be the most challenging for you when it comes to your mental illness? (You can give … Continue reading Working on us mental health prompts
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 Brittany of … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Brittany
Eat the Damn Muffin: Confidence for Every Body by Jenni Dunlap is all about loving yourself and your body. She writes: "All bodies are good, and all bodies are beautiful. This is a fuck those beauty standards type of book, because beauty is a state of mind not state of body." Okay, I'm definitely in! … Continue reading Book Review: Eat the Damn Muffin
It's time for So You Know (S.Y.K.) over at Revenge of Eve. This week’s questions How often, if ever, do you feel ruled by your emotions? Does your mood decide your productivity level? Are you bipolar or do you have another behavioral diagnosis? How do you respond to having a not-so-good day? (Sleep, cry, nothing) … Continue reading So You Know
First off, we'll establish a couple of things: If you're having thoughts of suicide and need to reach out, there's a list of crisis resources here. No need to worry about me; I'm not currently suicidal. I recently saw a post by Elizabeth of Life. Love. Bipolar. on the topic of suicide attempts and the … Continue reading No Regrets? Surviving Attempted Suicide
Blogging is all about writing and reading, right? Well, not necessarily. Of course there's nothing wrong with writing and reading, but just like a house tends to function better when it's neat and tidy, so does a blog. Devoting some time to blog housekeeping on a somewhat regular basis gives you a finely tuned blog … Continue reading Get out your duster – it’s blog housekeeping time!
Here's what happened in my life over the past week: Thank you to The Mindberg for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger award! I added two new members to my family. I adopted Peanut and Butternut from an SPCA shelter. Apparently they were fighting at the shelter and the shelter staff person was quite insistent … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: flashbacks Flashbacks involve the intense, vivid re-experiencing of memories as though they're occurring in the present tense. This most often happens with trauma-related memories. The flashbacks are usually involuntary and intrusive, and don't result from a conscious attempt … Continue reading What is… a flashback?
According to the Homeless Hub, 30-35% experiencing homelessness have a mental illness. Among women, that figure jumps to 70%. How does society allow this to happen to some of our most vulnerable people? Housing is a basic fundamental need that all people should be able to access. Why are people with mental illness disproportionately represented … Continue reading We all deserve a roof over our heads
Time for a quick followup to my request earlier this week for your input on the mental health benefits of blogging. I'm working on an article for Psychreg.org, but here's an overview of people's responses. I put on my pretend researcher hat and coded your responses, and here are some of the most common themes … Continue reading The therapeutic value of blogging