The mental illness cutlery drawer: graphic of spoons, forks, knives, and more
Mental Health, Mental Health Tools

The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer: Spoons, Forks & More

You may have heard of spoon theory, a popular metaphor for dealing with chronic illness and energy-depleting activities. You're probably less likely to have heard of a variant called fork theory, and you probably haven't heard of knife theory. In this post, we're going to do a deep-dive into the mental illness cutlery drawer, and… Continue reading The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer: Spoons, Forks & More

Sometimes "okay" means "not okay"
Mental Health

When “Okay” Is Not Okay

I suspect that many of us living with mental illness, or other chronic illness, for that matter, have a standard set of responses that we sometimes draw on when answering questions about how we are and what we do. "Not okay" just isn't something most people want to hear. For me, these standard responses may… Continue reading When “Okay” Is Not Okay

Rainbow model of mental illness symptom and functional domains
Mental Health

Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning

This post is based on some of the conversation generated by a recent post, Is It Helpful to Sanitize Mental Illness? Those of us living with mental illness have a whole rainbow worth of experiences, and I wanted to find a way to represent that. Hence, the rainbow model. Mental illness symptoms There are no… Continue reading Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning

Mental Health

It Gets Better… Or Does It?

(Note: This post relates to mental health, not the COVID-19 pandemic.)  On a fairly regular basis, I see messaging along the lines of "it gets better," or some variation thereof.  While the intention behind it is good, I'm not convinced that it's useful on a broad scale because it's not necessarily true. There's a U.S.-based… Continue reading It Gets Better… Or Does It?

Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Mio (Mentally Ill in America)

This post is by Mio of Mentally Ill in America. My Possible Origin Story It most likely began when I was two. I was taken to the ER for a fever that would ultimately rise to 107. But, first there was church to attend to… Once that let out (or whenever it was that my… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Mio (Mentally Ill in America)

Blogging and Writing

Blogging During Mental Illness Flares

Many mental health bloggers and other bloggers living with chronic illness are used to having to adjust their blogging habits to compensate for changes in illness symptoms and intensity.  I can't speak to what other bloggers experience and how they adapt, but I thought I'd write a bit about my own experience. For me, blogging… Continue reading Blogging During Mental Illness Flares

comparing spoon theory and fork theory for chronic mental illness
Mental Health, Mental Health Tools

Fork Theory: How the Anti-Spoons Affect Mental Illness

I first heard about fork theory from a post on the blog Bipolar Me.  Well, that's not exactly true; I had noticed that some people had made their way to my post on spoon theory by searching for fork theory.  Being a bit of a doofus, I assumed that people were just getting their utensils… Continue reading Fork Theory: How the Anti-Spoons Affect Mental Illness

bank vault
Mental Health

What Do We Give Up For Psychological Safety?

Image by Reimund Bertrams from Pixabay In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown cautions that depression and anxiety may result when we trade in authenticity for safety.  This really resonated with me; safety has become something that I grasp onto as tightly as possible wherever I can find it. Many of us with mental illnesses have had difficult… Continue reading What Do We Give Up For Psychological Safety?

two smiling stuffed toys- one says happy, the other says keep on smiling
Mental Health

How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?

The basic idea of positive psychology is a good one.  Who doesn't want to feel happier and the other positive emotions that go along with that? The essentials of positive psychology According to PositivePsychology.com, positive psychology focuses on the positive aspects of life, including: "Positive experiences (like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love)" "Positive states and traits… Continue reading How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?

MH@H Community Features: The Wounded Healers and Emerging Blogger Series
Community features

Join the Mental Health Conversation: Matt

The Join the MH Conversation series gives people living with mental illness who don't write about mental health on their own blogs a safe space to share their own stories. To start the series off, we have this post is by Matt of The politics of being kind.  MY LIFE WITH CHRONIC SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER I… Continue reading Join the Mental Health Conversation: Matt