Alert and Oriented x3 by Leif Gregersen II, a book about living with a psychotic illness, is offered as a free download from the author's blog, Mental Health Coping Skills Blog by Leif Gregersen. The author has schizoaffective disorder, and this book focuses on his most recent hospitalization, which he describes as being unimaginably painful. … Continue reading Book Review: Alert and Oriented x3
Being a hermit is supposed to be a bad thing, but it's made it a whole lot easier to adjust to COVID-19 and the social distancing restrictions. Over the last year, I've really struggled with psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement) with my depression, and that made it hard to get out and do anything. So … Continue reading Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit
The guinea pigs can tell when I'm sick, so they've been rather subdued the last couple of days. This video is from a couple of years ago, and it shows Oreo playing lawnmower.
Turn the volume up to hear Oreo and Casper play-fighting. Any time I play this video, my boys go absolutely wild.
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is social isolation. Social isolation involves an objective removal from social contact and relationships, which may occur voluntarily or involuntarily. The term perceived social isolation is used to include a subjective sense of loneliness. While loneliness and social … Continue reading What is… Social Isolation
We could all use a little lightheartedness, and here's what we've got for today. Butternut, my black and white boy, is always very excited about the girls who are in the cage opposite my bed. He's the only guinea pig I've ever had who does this particular standing tall move, and I think of … Continue reading Fun of the Day
I'm not sure how universal a thing this is, but one of the many aspects of my life affected by my mental illness is my home. This is something I've noticed over the past few years, and while it's relatively subtle, it's definitely there. I spend the vast majority of my time at home (which … Continue reading How Does Mental Illness Affect Your Living Space?
Have you aligned your chakras today? Or perhaps you've wondered if the whole chakra craze is a bit over the top. And maybe you can guess what my take on the matter is. The concept of chakras first emerged in India in the first century BCE, in Hindu and then later in Buddhist texts. The … Continue reading Are Chakras Real or Pseudoscience?
One of the chapters in my new book Managing the Depression Puzzle is focused on somatic treatments for depression, which involve the application of energy to the brain. These types of treatment are not as commonly used as medications or therapy, but they do have a role to play, particularly when it comes to treatment-resistant … Continue reading Somatic Treatments for Depression
It's remarkable how a couple of weeks can change everything. I regularly watch the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and that's the marker I use in my head to think back to when things got serious. Two weeks ago they announced that, starting the next week (aka the week just past), all the major late … Continue reading Pandemic Blogging
Today is the International Day of Happiness, an observance day marked by the United Nations since 2013 after it was first proposed by Bhutan. In keeping with the fact that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, this year's theme is #HappinessForAllTogether. There are also #TenStepsToGlobalHappiness set out for this year: Let's stick … Continue reading It’s International Day of Happiness
With the weight of the world feeling like it’s getting heavier and heavier, I want to do a giveaway of my book. I... The post Get Eat the Damn Muffin Free and Learn to Love Yourself During this Time of Crisis appeared first on Housewife Hustle. via Get Eat the Damn Muffin Free and Learn to … Continue reading Get Eat the Damn Muffin Free and Learn to Love Yourself During this Time of Crisis — Housewife Hustle
Failure isn't fun. There's just no two ways about that. But what does that failure mean? I think that, particularly when mental illness is involved, it's easy to leap from "I failed at [X]" to "I'm a failure." But taking a step back, they're not really the same thing. Fear of failure Fear of failure … Continue reading Are You a Failure at a Task, or as a Person?
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley is a self-help workbook that covers the major skills involved in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is considered the gold standard for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, but its usefulness is not limited to people with BPD. DBT is … Continue reading Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook
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 Lisa of … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lisa