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?

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Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: LaDonna (Perspective on Trauma)

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 LaDonna of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: LaDonna (Perspective on Trauma)

Happiness is a choice? Have you heard of mental illness?
Mental health

Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

This was originally posted in 2018 in the early months of this blog.  I've decided to pull a few posts out of the archives where they were gathering dust, give them an overhaul, and bring them back to life.  It's a bit of an experiment, and here's the first one. "Happiness is a choice."  It's… Continue reading Happiness Is a Choice, My Ass

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What is... psychology series

What is… Alexithymia

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is alexithymia. Alexithymia involves an inability to identify and describe emotions.  It's considered a personality trait that can be present to varying degrees and is relatively stable over time.  It's been associated with a number of DSM diagnoses… Continue reading What is… Alexithymia

Mental health

You Don’t Need to Be Positive

Toxic positivity is essentially the idea that happy and positive is the only right way to be, and therefore, people need to cheer up, look on the bright side, think positive, choose happiness, allow good vibes only, etc., etc. It also shows up in the "it could be worse" guilt trip mentality.  You're not in… Continue reading You Don’t Need to Be Positive

What is... psychology series

What is… Emotional Intelligence

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence involves the ability to recognize emotions in both the self and others, and then make decisions that take into account those emotions. The first noted use of the term dates back to 1964. … Continue reading What is… Emotional Intelligence

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Psychology

How Childhood Affected My Relationship with Anger

I got thinking about this because I've seen a number of people write about anger recently, and it's not an emotion I've ever been comfortable with. Anger is a basic human emotion.  We all experience it sometimes, and it has an associated facial expression that is universally recognized across cultures.  Yet anger is far from… Continue reading How Childhood Affected My Relationship with Anger

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What is... psychology series

What is… Jealousy & Envy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's terms are jealousy and envy. The terms jealousy and envy are often used synonymously, but they actually refer to two separate, although related, concepts. Envy Envy comes from a sense of personal lacking compared to another person's abilities, achievements,… Continue reading What is… Jealousy & Envy