Delusions

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

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, and 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 appears. …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: My Beautiful Psychosis

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 …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: My Colour-Coded Life by Megan Jackson Hall

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 …

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The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home

Manic Psychosis (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, Brittany of BiPolarMania writes about experiencing manic sychosis as part of bipolar disorder. Psychosis is a mental disorder characterized by symptoms like delusions and hallucinations that indicate a break from reality. Paranoia is a common symptom of psychosis. When I was entering my final year of University I experienced a …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Folie à Deux (Shared Psychotic Disorder)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is shared psychotic disorder, also known as 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 …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

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 …

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Why does psychosis scare people? Maybe it's because they think it means psycho/psychopath (except it doesn't)

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 …

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Glossary of psychiatric terms

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 describe …

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