book cover: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook by Michael A. Tompkins
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook

The Anxiety and Depression Workbook by Michael A. Tompkins incorporate cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to help you improve emotional flexibility. This is defined as "the ability to respond to life’s challenges with an appropriate level of emotion, and then to recover as these situations change." Sounds pretty good to me. Somewhat like Overcoming Avoidance,… Continue reading Book Review: The Anxiety and Depression Workbook

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… The Diving Reflex

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the diving reflex. While the reflex itself has nothing to do with psychology, it's actually still relevant. The diving reflex is present in all mammals to some extent. It triggers a number of physiological changes that allow… Continue reading What Is… The Diving Reflex

book cover: Calm & Sense by Wendy Leeds
Book Reviews

Book Review: Calm & Sense

Calm & Sense by psychotherapist Wendy Leeds is aimed at women dealing with anxiety. The author takes a very realistic perspective, encouraging readers to do what works best for them. She acknowledges that what works best may include medication, and doesn't insist that any specific strategy will work for everyone. I always find that kind… Continue reading Book Review: Calm & Sense

Book cover: Overcoming Avoidance Workbook by Daniel F. Gros
Book Reviews

Book Review: Overcoming Avoidance

The Overcoming Avoidance Workbook by psychologist Daniel F. Gros aims to help you stop avoiding and start living. It takes a transdiagnostic approach, meaning it focuses on specific behaviours rather than the diagnoses in which they occur. The cover says that it's for anxiety, depression, or PTSD, but the focus is on anxiety and depression.… Continue reading Book Review: Overcoming Avoidance

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Mental Health

How Hard Do You Push Yourself Against Mental Illness?

Perhaps there are things you want to do, or think you should do, but they’re just not happening. How hard do you push yourself to try to get ‘er done anyway? Do you keep trying even when it becomes clear there's no way it's going to happen? I can think of a few factors that… Continue reading How Hard Do You Push Yourself Against Mental Illness?

Book Reviews

Book Review: Calm the F*ck Down

Calm the F*ck Down by Sarah Knight is part of her series of No Fucks Given Guides. I've previously reviewed her book F*ck No, and she was one of the earlier adopters of swearing in book titles. The book begins with a note on the title, saying it's meant to be motivational rather than being… Continue reading Book Review: Calm the F*ck Down

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Matthew (Matt’s Mishaps)

This post is by Matthew of Matt's Mishaps. Image by silviarita from Pixabay How college bested me and my anxiety Prior to attending postsecondary school, I was completely clueless as to what being a college student was, or what going to a university for four years entailed for my future. Living away from home, taking… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Matthew (Matt’s Mishaps)

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

This post is by Kellie of Kellie's Journey. My Journey Hello my name is Kellie and I am 38 years old and have suffered with depression and anxiety for nearly 20 years but only got diagnosed 2 and a half years ago. I have seen counsellors and have tried meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journals, and anything… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

Book cover: Mindful Somatic Awareness for Anxiety Relief
Book Reviews

Book Review: Mindful Somatic Awareness for Anxiety Relief

Mindful Somatic Awareness for Anxiety Relief by Michele L. Blume presents a body-based approach to dealing with anxiety. It's based on Somatic Experiencing, which is a type of trauma therapy. While the book talks about fear, worry, and anxiety, there's no explicit mention of anxiety disorders. The book describes anxiety this way: "Anxiety is a… Continue reading Book Review: Mindful Somatic Awareness for Anxiety Relief

book cover: Don't Believe Everything You Feel
Book Reviews

Book Review: Don’t Believe Everything You Feel

Don't Believe Everything You Feel by Robert L. Leahy uses an emotional schema approach to help you manage anxiety and depression. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tools are ussd as part of this approach. It's set up as a workbook, with a substantial amount of text interspersed with worksheets. Some of the worksheets are fairly structured,… Continue reading Book Review: Don’t Believe Everything You Feel