In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms... but not this week. Instead, we'll take a look at ME/CFS, and why it's absolutely not all in someone's head. The National Institutes of Health describes ME/CFS as "a debilitating disease that lacks a universally accepted case definition, cause, diagnosis, or… Continue reading What Is… ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue)
This post on mental health effects of COVID reopening comes from Escaping the Cage. Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Mental Health and COVID Restriction Easing I’m worried about my mental health as COVID restrictions are eased. I know that for many people COVID has brought many challenges to their mental as well as physical health. For me, however,… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Escaping the Cage
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
I suspect that many of us living with mental illness, or any 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… Continue reading When “Okay” Is Not Okay
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
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 non-profit organization called It Gets Better that provides support to LGBTQ+ youth… Continue reading It Gets Better… Or Does It?
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)
What does the gate control theory of pain have to do with a mental health blog? Well, co-occurring mental illness and chronic pain are remarkably common. For example, among people with fibromyalgia, over 50% experience depression. The rates of anxiety disorders are also over 50%. People with depression and anxiety disorders are also at increased risk to… Continue reading Gate Control Theory of Pain
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 had assumed that people were just getting their… Continue reading Fork Theory: How the Anti-Spoons Affect 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… Continue reading How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?