Mental illness and medical assistance in dying
Mental Health & Illness

Medical Assistance in Dying for Mental Illness

Should people with mental illness have access to medical assistance in dying? In Canada, that's going to happen in the near future, but exactly what it will look like hasn't been decided yet. This is something I support, but a lot of people don't, so I thought I'd write about it. A bit of background… Continue reading Medical Assistance in Dying for Mental Illness

The mental illness cutlery drawer: how spoons, forks, and knives can help to conceptualize big-t and little-t trauma
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Big-T Trauma, Little-t trauma, and Mental Health Cutlery

I've heard quite a few people talk about not having been traumatized enough for their trauma to really count. I love me a good metaphor, and I think spoon theory and fork theory can be useful in explaining how little-t trauma (i.e repeated smaller stressors) can cause serious damage just like big-T trauma can. Spoons… Continue reading Big-T Trauma, Little-t trauma, and Mental Health Cutlery

Mental health bullet journalling - image of a journal
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Bullet Journalling Part III: Reflection

This is the last part in a little mini-series about journalling (the previous posts were on the basics and habit & symptom tracking). This post will look at journalling as a tool for reflection. I know some bloggers use their blog much like a journal. That was never really the direction I wanted to go… Continue reading Bullet Journalling Part III: Reflection

Mental health bullet journalling - image of a journal
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Bullet Journalling Part II: Tracking

Living with a chronic health condition, it can be hard to see patterns in all the different things that are going on. That's especially true if brain fog gets in the way of being able to remember things. That's where tracking in a bullet journal (or in an app, or elsewhere) can come in handy.… Continue reading Bullet Journalling Part II: Tracking

rainbow model of mental illness symptoms and functioning
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The Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Symptoms & Functioning

I originally introduced the rainbow model of mental illness functioning last year to capture some of my thoughts on the relationship between symptoms and functioning in mental illness. This is something that exists in my head rather than being an actual thing, and it's not a model in the scientific sense, but it shows some… Continue reading The Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Symptoms & Functioning

Mental health bullet journalling - image of a journal
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Bullet Journalling Part I: The Basics

I've talked about bullet journalling before, but it's been a while, so I thought I'd talk about it again in a little miniseries over the next couple of weeks. My Journalling History I've journalled off and on for most of my life. When I was going to university, I mostly did themed pages devoted to… Continue reading Bullet Journalling Part I: The Basics

Psychosis, psychopathy, & other psych terms; they may sound similar, but have very different meanings
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Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

There's a lot of overlap in terms used in psychiatry/psychology-speak, and sometimes that can lead mistaken association of words that contain some of the same parts but actually mean very different things (like psychosis and psychopathy). This post will break down some of those words and word roots to hopefully add some clarity. Word roots… Continue reading Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

Leaning into reactions to recognize triggers: the role of introspection
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Leaning into Reactions to Recognize Triggers

It's interesting what you can uncover if you lean into reactions, including triggers that weren't initially obvious. In this post, I'm using trigger in a general sense to refer to one thing bringing up (triggering) something else that's not directly related, rather than talking about trauma triggers that cause re-experiencing. What got me thinking about… Continue reading Leaning into Reactions to Recognize Triggers

The hearing voices movement: graphic of an ear and sound waves
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A Look at the Hearing Voices Movement

The International Hearing Voices Movement (InterVoice) seeks to normalize, depathologize, and destigmatize the experience voice-hearing, and also provide support to people who hear voices, see visions, etc. InterVoice is based in the UK. There are also 28 national networks, including the Hearing Voices Network in the UK and Hearing Voices Network USA. The movement believes… Continue reading A Look at the Hearing Voices Movement