If you were around in the 80's, you are probably very familiar with the message to "just say no" to drugs. In 1991, Saved By The Bell got on board with an episode that told viewers "there's no hope with dope." There was also the classic egg in a frying pan PSA: I was too … Continue reading The Failure of the War on Drugs
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 Kim of … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Kim
The Bipolar Addict: Drinks, Drugs, Delirium, & Why Sober Is the New Cool by Conor Bezane shares the author's experiences, as well as the experiences of others, living with bipolar disorder and co-occurring addictions. I went into his book with high expectations, because concurrent disorders need to be included more often into the conversation about … Continue reading Book review: The Bipolar Addict
My Bipolar Mind by Samantha Steiner is written as a series of blog posts that capture her recovery from addiction while living with the effects of bipolar disorder. The story begins in April 2017 she hit her personal rock bottom, and from there began her slow journey towards recovery. Of course, the full story began … Continue reading Book review: My Bipolar Mind
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: Codependency We hear about codependency often, particularly in relation to addiction. What does it actually mean, though? GoodTherapy's website says: "Codependency involves sacrificing one’s personal needs to try to meet the needs of others. Someone who is codependent has … Continue reading What is… Codependency
Health professionals are required to continually update their knowledge related to their field of practice. One of the nice things about the digital age is that it's easy to access continuing education activities online, and many of them are available at no cost. I freely admit that I'm a geek and I love learning new … Continue reading Where to go for insider knowledge on psychiatry
I recently watched Heroin(e), a Netflix-produced documentary that follows three women (a fire chief, a drug court judge, and an outreach ministry worker) combatting the opioid crisis in Huntington, West Virginia, the "overdose capital of America". The outreach worker with the Brown Bag Ministry initially anticipated that she would be providing food and the words … Continue reading So, what is the opioid epidemic?
Lately I've been sharing some of the TED Talks that I've found particularly informative and inspiring. In this post, I'm focusing on talks that challenge the stigma related to mental illness. Sangu Delle: There's No Shame In Taking Care of Your Mental Health https://embed.ted.com/talks/sangu_delle_there_s_no_shame_in_taking_care_of_your_mental_health Sangu Delle speaks about the stigma of being an … Continue reading TED Talks on mental health stigma