Treatment-resistant depression and what my meds do still help with - image of pill bottle and depressed person
MH@H Depression

Treatment-Resistant Depression: What My Meds Do Help With

Pretty much the same cocktail of meds I'm on now used to work well, and got me into full remission (i.e. no symptoms at all between episodes). I'm not sure what got me thinking about this recently, but while my depression has become increasingly treatment-resistant overall, my medications are still doing a pretty good job… Continue reading Treatment-Resistant Depression: What My Meds Do Help With

How much of your life happens online? - Coping with mental illness-related deficits
MH@H Mental Health

How Much of Your Life Happens Online?

Up until a few years ago, my life was mostly lived "in the real world." The internet was a useful tool, but it wasn't so much a means of with others. My human contacts happened mostly in person, and I wasn't very good about maintaining connections with people I no longer saw in person for… Continue reading How Much of Your Life Happens Online?

cover: Safe by Elspeth Roake
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Safe: A Memoir

In Safe: A Memoir, Elspeth Roake shares her journey with depression and trauma-related disordered attachment, from the lowest lows to finally finding healing. Elspeth competed in horse shows, and the book begins in Florida for the winter show season, with her going into the hospital for suicidal ideation. She ended up being Baker Acted (committed… Continue reading Book Review: Safe: A Memoir

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

Emerging Blogger Series: La Protagoniste

This post is by La Protagoniste. Dealing with Depression When Help Isn't Available It is really confusing when you have a condition that you do not have a blame for. The thoughts that cross your mind are that you must be the only one going through it. It sometimes might make you feel like a… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: La Protagoniste

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

Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

This post is by Kellie of Kellie's Journey. My Journey Hello my name is Kellie and I am 38 years old and have suffered with depression and anxiety for nearly 20 years but only got diagnosed 2 and a half years ago. I have seen counsellors and have tried meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journals, and anything… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

Sometimes okay means not okay - happy and sad faces
MH@H Mental Health

When “Okay” Is Not Okay

I suspect that many of us living with mental illness, or any other chronic illness, for that matter, have a standard set of responses that we sometimes draw on when answering questions about how we are and what we do. "Not okay" just isn't something most people want to hear. For me, these standard responses… Continue reading When “Okay” Is Not Okay

What's your mental illness decision-making style? Confused person standing by signpost
MH@H Mental Health

What’s Your Mental Illness Decision-Making Style?

Most of us are naturally inclined towards being more rational or intuitive in our decision-making. Personally, I tend to be much more on the rational side of the spectrum. But then you layer mental illness on top of that, and it can start to get more complicated. The basic scenario we’ll use for the post… Continue reading What’s Your Mental Illness Decision-Making Style?

How music affects the brain and mood
MH@H Mental Health

How Music Affects the Brain and Mood

When a fellow blogger asked what the science/psychology behind music and its positive effects on motivation and mood might be, and of course, my virtual ears perked up, and I decided to do some exploring. Music can activate several brain structures, including the amygdala, which is involved in trauma responses. Processing music is complex and… Continue reading How Music Affects the Brain and Mood

What speed does your mind move at? Cognitive effects of mental illness
MH@H Depression, MH@H Mental Health

What Speed Does Your Mental Illness Mind Move At?

Mental illness often affects what we think about, but it can also affect how we think, including the speed of our thought process. This in turn can impact how well we're able to function. Effects of different illness processes ManiaMania is an obvious example of speeding things up, and this may show up outwardly as… Continue reading What Speed Does Your Mental Illness Mind Move At?

book cover: Don't Believe Everything You Feel
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Don’t Believe Everything You Feel

Don't Believe Everything You Feel by Robert L. Leahy uses an emotional schema approach to help you manage anxiety and depression. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tools are ussd as part of this approach. It's set up as a workbook, with a substantial amount of text interspersed with worksheets. Some of the worksheets are fairly structured,… Continue reading Book Review: Don’t Believe Everything You Feel