Mental health

What Do You See In The Mirror?

When we look in the mirror, I suspect that very few of us see what's objectively there in the reflection.  So why is that? Mirror recognition is not as simple as it may seem.  The vast majority of animals, including my guinea pig munchkins, lack this ability.  When we as humans look at the reflection… Continue reading What Do You See In The Mirror?

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home; background of cherry blossoms
Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Natalie (Something in Mind)

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 Natalie from Something… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Natalie (Something in Mind)

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Blogging community, Mental health

Working On Us week #5 – Eating Disorders

It's week #5 for the Working On Us series of prompts from Beckie at Beckie's Mental Mess.  Please visit her post for all the details. Prompt #1  (Questions) Question #1  If an eating disorder isn’t about food or weight, what is it all about?  And, what has it done to you personally? I don't have… Continue reading Working On Us week #5 – Eating Disorders

book cover: Eat the Damn Muffin by Jenni Dunlop
Book reviews

Book Review: Eat the Damn Muffin

Eat the Damn Muffin: Confidence for Every Body by Jenni Dunlap is all about loving yourself and your body.  She writes: "All bodies are good, and all bodies are beautiful. This is a fuck those beauty standards type of book, because beauty is a state of mind not state of body."  Okay, I'm definitely in!… Continue reading Book Review: Eat the Damn Muffin

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home; background of cherry blossoms
Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Michelle (MichelleWriterBlog)

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 Michelle from MichelleWriterBlog.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Michelle (MichelleWriterBlog)

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home; background of cherry blossoms
Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Blurry Thought

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 Blurry Thought.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Blurry Thought

woman looking at her reflection in a mirror
Mental health

Mirror, Mirror… Managing Body Image

It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year's theme is body image.  While for some people this is a more dire issue than others, such as people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia, it's something that impacts us all to some extent. Societal standards of beauty have changed over time, but what doesn't seem to… Continue reading Mirror, Mirror… Managing Body Image

horde of flying tablets and capsules
Mental health

Visible Side Effects: When People See My Psych Meds

We live in a world in which people are constantly judging us on how we look.  Sometimes, the effects of mental illness are overtly obvious, like when hygiene goes flying out the window, or when eating pattern changes produce major weight loss or gain. Things like weight gain can also be very visible side effects… Continue reading Visible Side Effects: When People See My Psych Meds

weigh scale
Mental health

Do I Look Fat in this Seroquel? Psych Meds & Weight Gain

Society is obsessed with how we look, and in particular what size we are.  Even people who are generally quite polite feel entitled to comment on our weight and body shape, without having any idea what the backstory might be.  In the case of mental illness, there is often a great deal of backstory.