Sometimes you'll hear people dismissing psychiatric medications with the argument that no one knows how they work. However, there's a lack of clarity to these statements that, at least in my opinion, casts psychotropic meds in an unfair light. If we're going to about how medications work, that incorporates a couple of distinct concepts. Part … Continue reading Do We Know How Psych Meds Work?
It's week 19 of the Working On Us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for guidelines on participation. This week's prompt As I did last week, I am requesting bloggers to write a narrative by explaining how this disorder has affected your lifestyle and overall well-being. I also … Continue reading Working On Us Week 19: ADHD
The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary: A Self-Help Diary with CBT Activities to Challenge Your OCD is written by Charlotte Dennis, who shares the experiences she has been through working on her own OCD using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). It's designed as a workbook to be written in, so the paper version would definitely be a … Continue reading Book Review: The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary
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 Emma from … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Emma
I'm not sure why searching for "blind" on Pixabay turned up this leaping llama, but he is spectacular, so llama it is. I used to have a decent memory. I used to be good at handling multiple pieces of information and task-switching. Depression put the kibosh on that. Now, I have a really hard time … Continue reading If it’s not in front of me then it doesn’t exist
Sometimes as part of anti-stigma campaigns you'll hear rules that we shouldn't say people are bipolar, schizophrenic, etc. The thinking goes that phrasing it this way puts people in a little box in which they are primarily (or only) defined by their illness. Yet at the same time, you'll find many bloggers referring to themselves … Continue reading Are You Your Illness?
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 BiPolarMania. … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Brittany – Part II
I've read and reviewed some great books written by members of our blogging community, so I wanted to share them with you again in a nutshell version. Click the book covers to be taken to my full reviews. This week there are 2 books by Alexis Rose of Untangled, and one by N.F. Mirza of … Continue reading Blogger Book Reviews in a Nutshell: Alexis Rose and N.F. Mirza
Today is World Mental Health Day (the 27th annual), and this year's focus is on mental health promotion and suicide prevention. The message from the president of the World Federation for Mental Health, which organizes World Mental Health Day, states: "The object of making suicide prevention the theme of World Mental Health Day in 2019 is … Continue reading It’s World Mental Health Day
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 – Part I
I've followed the blog My Life Experiment for a while, and I recently decided to check out their free 7-day impulse negotiation email course. I thought they did a good job of it, so I wanted to spread the word. The goal of the course is to help you stop an unwanted behaviour and learn … Continue reading An email course on impulse negotiation – A quick review
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: malingering Most of us living with mental illness end up spending quite a bit of time trying to act as though we're not mentally ill. However, sometimes when there's sufficient incentive people will fake mental illness for secondary … Continue reading What is… Malingering
The basic idea of positive psychology is a good one. Who doesn't want to feel happier and the other positive emotions that go along with that? According to PositivePsychology.com, positive psychology focuses on the positive aspects of life, including: "Positive experiences (like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love)" "Positive states and traits (like gratitude, resilience, and compassion)" "Positive institutions (applying … Continue reading How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?
It's week 17 of the Working On Us mental health prompt series from Beckie at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please see her post for guidelines on participating. Feel free to join in and link back to her post. Prompt #1 Questions: Do you suffer from SAD? I don't have a strong seasonal component to my depression. … Continue reading Working On Us week 17 – S.A.D.
It's Ok to Not Be Ok by Kim Lamontagne is a collection of stories written by 11 contributing authors about their personal experience with mental health struggles. I heard about this book from Cat Davis, who blogs at High Risk Cat. She contributed the Story "Looked Up", which is the first story in the book. In … Continue reading Book Review: It’s Ok to Not Be Ok