Book cover: But Deliver Me From Crazy by Katie R. Dale
Book Reviews

Book Review: But Deliver Me From Crazy

But Deliver Me From Crazy by Katie R. Dale is a memoir of living with bipolar disorder. You may know Katie from her blog, Bipolar Brave. She also contributed a story about bipolar I to my book Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis. The book begins when Katie was in high school, when her illness first… Continue reading Book Review: But Deliver Me From Crazy

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Heidi (Here Are My Brains)

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 Heidi of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Heidi (Here Are My Brains)

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Book Reviews

Book Review: My Beautiful Psychosis

My Beautiful Psychosis by Emma Goude is a gripping, up close and personal look at what it's actually like to experience psychosis.  The author's honesty and complete openness quickly shatter any stereotypes of psychosis being frightening and dangerous. The book begins with the events leading up to the author's first episode of psychosis.  When she… Continue reading Book Review: My Beautiful Psychosis

Book cover: My Colour-Coded Life: Living with Schizoaffective Disorder
Book Reviews

Book Review: My Colour-Coded Life

My Colour-Coded Life tells Megan Jackson Hall's story of living with schizoaffective disorder. She writes that she hopes the book will help to destigmatize mental illness. The book is made up of diary-style entries from 2008 to 2018. It offers a fascinating insight into living with active psychosis on a day to day basis, written… Continue reading Book Review: My Colour-Coded Life

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Brittany (BiPolarMania)

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 Brittany of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Brittany (BiPolarMania)

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What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Folie à Deux

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term: folie à deux Folie à deux is the more commonly recognized name for what the DSM-5 calls shared psychotic disorder.  It's a rare condition that involves shared delusions between two or more people who are in a close… Continue reading What Is… Folie à Deux

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Mental Health, What Is... Psychology Series

What Is… Paranoia

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is paranoia. Kind of like anxiety and depression, the word paranoia often gets tossed around fairly loosely in common parlance, but in a psychological/psychiatric sense it has far more significance. Google Dictionary defines paranoia as: a mental condition characterized… Continue reading What Is… Paranoia

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Stigma

Why Psychosis Scares People

People tend to fear the unknown.  Psychosis is arguably the group of symptoms that the average person finds the most frightening when it comes to mental health problems. There is stigma associated with many/most/all mental health conditions, but psychosis kicks it up a notch. What psychosis is As a quick explanation, psychosis refers to a… Continue reading Why Psychosis Scares People

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Mental Health

A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms

Like any field, psychiatry has its own collection of terminology.  Some of it is self-explanatory, but some of it isn't.  I believe that knowing the jargon helps to narrow the power gap between health care providers and patients, so I put together this glossary of common psychiatric terms.   Alexithymia: an inability to identify and… Continue reading A Glossary of Psychiatric Terms