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Mental health

“You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

Irritability can definitely be an issue sometimes because of my depression.  I seem to lose access to all of my more mature self, and revert to what may have worked best when I was five years old.  This can have a major impact on my behaviour, and sometimes I have let fly with yelling, screaming,… Continue reading “You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

Mental health

Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?

My last hospitalization for depression happened after a suicide attempt. My primary nurse kept asked me what I was angry about, saying that I must have been angry about something to have tried to kill myself. She seemed rather annoyed when I assured her that no, I wasn't angry, and anger had nothing to do… Continue reading Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?

book cover: The Ups and Downs - A Bipolar Picture Book by Kat Owens
Book reviews

Book Review: The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book

The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book by Kat Owens is an adult-oriented picture book, although there's no "adult" content and it would be very appropriate to help younger people understand bipolar disorder. The author aims to show the ups and downs of everyday life with bipolar. She herself lives with bipolar II.… Continue reading Book Review: The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book

Letting go of a life before depression - image of butterflies being released
Mental health

Letting Go of a Life Before Depression

I've never been particularly interested in material things, and I don't accumulate a lot of stuff. I get satisfaction from getting rid of things, so every so often I'll do some paring down. A while back, I wrote about Depression and Closet/Identity Thinning, and whether I should get rid of the more dressy, feminine clothing… Continue reading Letting Go of a Life Before Depression

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Mental health

Mindless Mode and Mental Illness

Image by Irini Adler from Pixabay  My brain hasn't been a happy place for several years, but sometimes, it's more unhappy than usual. Sometimes that's because my mood's low, and sometimes it's because depression has made mashed potatoes out of my brain. Whatever the reason, my tendency is to seek out mindless tasks to just power through and… Continue reading Mindless Mode and Mental Illness

Mental health recovery: It's a journey, not a destination – image of a brain radiating rainbow rays
Mental health

The Moving Target of Recovery

You hear quite a bit about mental health recovery, but what does that actually entail? An Australian National Standards for Mental Health Services document from 2010 defines recovery as: "gaining and retaining hope, understanding of ones abilities and disabilities, engagement in an active life, personal autonomy, social identity, meaning and purpose in life, and a… Continue reading The Moving Target of Recovery

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home; background of cherry blossoms
Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Molly (Love to Live)

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 Molly of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Molly (Love to Live)

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home; background of cherry blossoms
Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Peter (Reflections of an Anxious Man)

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 Peter of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Peter (Reflections of an Anxious Man)