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
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
In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown cautions that depression and anxiety may result when we trade in authenticity for safety. This really resonated for me, as safety has become something that I grasp onto as tightly as possible wherever I can find it. Meg from Why does bad advice happen to good people? suggested when … Continue reading What Do We Give Up For Safety?
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?
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
Over the last year of blogging I have learned many things. One of those things is spoon theory. Spoon theory was first described in a 2003 essay by Christine Miserandino, who had used the metaphor to describe to a friend what it felt like to have an invisible illness (in her case, lupus). She and … Continue reading Applying spoon theory to mental illness
I am waiting to see a rheumatologist to figure out if I do in fact have an autoimmune disorder, but in the meantime, I wanted to talk a bit about what autoimmune disorders are. Autoimmune disorders occur when elements of the body's natural immune system recognize certain types of normal cells in the body as … Continue reading Invisible Illness: A Closer Look at Autoimmune Disorders
Here's what happened in my life over the past week: I ran out of the Ritalin samples my doctor gave me and have decided I'm going to stick with Dexedrine. It's quite possibly a total coincidence, but the week I was on Ritalin I felt less motivated and spent a lot of time scrolling along … Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope is an intimate look at living with chronic illness. Author Richard M. Cohen, who himself has multiple sclerosis, works with five participants who have various chronic illnesses to capture their stories and help others understand the overwhelming toll that chronic illness can take. … Continue reading Book review: Strong at the Broken Places