What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Shame Compass

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the shame compass. I first heard of the shame compass quite recently in a post by Zoe of Serious Mental Health. It was first described in 1992 by psychiatrist Donald Nathanson, and it identifies four different types… Continue reading What Is… the Shame Compass

Therapy tools for mental health
MH@H Mental Health

Therapy Tools for Mental Health

I don't currently do therapy and haven't had a lot of success with it in the past, but I'm very pro-therapy in general. I've picked up a collection of therapy tools from CBT, DBT, and various others that are handy to pull out of the toolbox as needed. This post is a sample of a… Continue reading Therapy Tools for Mental Health

Book cover: Your Wellness Toolbox by Ali Swift
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Your Wellness Toolbox

Your Wellness Toolbox by Ali Swift is a follow-up to her first book, My Wellness Toolbox, which I previously reviewed. Both books are based on her own experience of what has helped with depression and anxiety. This book contains 14 new tools, including descriptions of the circumstances struggling with her mental health in which the… Continue reading Book Review: Your Wellness Toolbox

The Stress bucket model: stressors fill up the bucket, coping skills release stress out of the bucket
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Stress Bucket Model

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the stress bucket model. I first heard of the term stress bucket several months ago in a post by Caz at Mental Health 360º, but it's been around for a while. It looks like it's best known… Continue reading What Is… the Stress Bucket Model

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
MH@H Community Features, MH@H Mental Health

Emerging Blogger: LaDonna (Perspective on Trauma)

This post is by LaDonna of Perspective on Trauma. WordPress Photo Library/Pexels.com Unchartered: Looking Within During Unsettling Times It’s been a strange time for all of us over the last several months. As we “stay at home” or “shelter in place (no matter our political background or accompanying belief system) we all feel the impact of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger: LaDonna (Perspective on Trauma)

Compensating for depression brain - organization strategies to use
MH@H Depression

Compensating for Depression Brain

In my depression-free days, my brain felt like a finely tuned machine.  I could handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively.  I've always been organized, but when I was well it was helpful rather than necessary.  I performed better when I was organized, but it wasn't a crutch. If non-depressed brain was skiing black diamond runs,… Continue reading Compensating for Depression Brain

Pandemic life as a pre-existing hermit - graphic of a cave, fire, and hermit crab
MH@H Mental Health

Coping with Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

and hermit crab Being a hermit is supposed to be a bad thing, but it's made it a whole lot easier to adjust to COVID-19 and the social distancing restrictions. Over the last year, I've really struggled with psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement) with my depression, and that made it hard to get out and… Continue reading Coping with Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Psychological Stress

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is psychological stress. It seems that there's a day/week/month for just about anything these days, and the International Stress Management Association has declared this week to be International Stress Awareness Week.  I've written before about how stress affects… Continue reading What Is… Psychological Stress

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is safety behaviour. Safety is supposed to be a good thing, isn't it?  Maybe, but sometimes the mind will start shouting at you to do things that don't actually keep you safe and instead just make you anxious,… Continue reading What Is… a Safety Behaviour?

harm reduction principles
MH@H Mental Health

Harm Reduction for Self-Harm

Harm reduction isn't an approach that was originally developed to help with managing self-harm, but it does offer a way to provide greater support to people who don't yet have other strategies available to them to be able to go clean from self-harm. Addictions and harm reduction Harm reduction is most often used in reference… Continue reading Harm Reduction for Self-Harm