I have an issue with pseudoscience masquerading as science, and I've ranted before about the law of attraction and homeopathy. Whether these ideas have any associated value or not isn't my concern. My problem is when science-like concepts are used to trick people into believing that an idea is science-based. My current rant is about dopamine fasting. … Continue reading The Dopamine Fasting Myth
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 Tanya from … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Tanya
I was recently reading an article on Medium that argued that to fully treat depression, one must do the inner work to get to the root cause. That didn't sit particularly well with me, hence this blog post. I'm of the perspective that mental illness is complex, and the causes are just as complex, so … Continue reading Should We Be Looking for a Root Cause for Depression?
The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About: How I Let My Pornography Addiction Hurt People and Destroy Relationships by Joshua Shea describes the events that culminated in having his life come shattering down, and how he began to rebuild and heal. Much of the book revolves around the local lifestyle magazine he started, which grew into … Continue reading Book Review: The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About
The emerging blogger series is a way to give bloggers who are in an early stage of their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce readers to some newer members of our community and promote connectedness within the blogging community. Are you the … Continue reading Do you want to be an emerging blogger?
Do antidepressants increase the risk of suicide? There are certainly people out there who are very vocal in insisting that they do. However, as is so often the case, the loudmouths don't tend to be especially well informed. The FDA black box warning Since 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required a … Continue reading Antidepressants and Suicide Risk
Just to get things started, I will say that I am "mentally ill", I "suffer from" depression, and I'm a little bit "crazy", although the degree varies over time. Now that we've got that out of the way, there are a lot of people who like to take a stand against language that is thought … Continue reading “Rules” for Talking About Mental Illness
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: kleptomania Yes, kleptomania is actually a legitimate psychiatric condition. It wasn't a condition I had anything more than passing familiarity with, but it came up in a conversation with Meg of Why Does bad advice happen to good people? … Continue reading What is… Kleptomania
Sometimes you'll hear people argue that doctors don't know how psych meds work, and therefore they shouldn't be used. However, there's a lack of clarity to these statements that, at least in my opinion, casts psychotropic meds in an unfair light. What is mechanism of action? If we're going to about how medications work, that … 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