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)

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 Mio of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Mio (Mentally Ill in America)

Blogging, Mental health

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

Mental health

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

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Mental health, Psychology

What Do We Give Up For Safety?

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?

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

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?

Join the Mental Health Conversation series
Mental health

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

illustration of spoon theory and number of spoons needed for daily tasks
Health & health care, Mental health

Applying Spoon Theory to Mental Illness

Molly's Fund on Pinterest Over the last year of blogging, I've learned about many things.  One of those things is spoon theory.  Spoon theory was created by Christine Miserandino. In a 2003 essay, she described using the metaphor to describe to a friend what it felt like to have a chronic invisible illness (in her… Continue reading Applying Spoon Theory to Mental Illness

Autoimmune disease infographic
Health & health care

Invisible Illness: A Closer Look at Autoimmune Disorders

source: Pinterest I'm waiting to see a rheumatologist to figure out if I do in fact have an autoimmune disorder. 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