A Brief History of Stigma: I am mentally ill and I am also... - circle of puzzle pieces
Identity & Self, Stop the Stigma

I Am Mentally Ill, and I Am Also… So Many Other Things

I am mentally ill, and I am also a lot of different things. But do people see all of those things, or mostly just the illness? We all have many different identities associated with all the social roles that we play; not identities as in personalities, but bundles of knowledge, expectations, patterns of behaviour that… Continue reading I Am Mentally Ill, and I Am Also… So Many Other Things

Mental Health @ Home book review: Hello Cruel World
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Hello, Cruel World

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternative to Suicide for Teens, Freaks & Other Outlaws by Kate Bornstein was recommended to me by Skinny Hobbit. It's written for nonconforming "freaks and outlaws," whether that be in relation to gender, sexual orientation, or anything else that society likes to judge. It has fun illustrations, like a "get out… Continue reading Book Review: Hello, Cruel World

An identity milestone: the end of my career as a nurse - cartoon graphic of a nurse
Identity & Self

An Depression & Identity Milestone: No Longer a Nurse

I mentioned in a recent weekend wrap-up that this was coming, and now it's here. As of today, I’m officially no longer a nurse, which is a pretty massive identity milestone for me. This isn't an abrupt transition by any means. I've known this was coming for a while now, and I’ve already been through… Continue reading An Depression & Identity Milestone: No Longer a Nurse

Self-esteem building blocks - cartoon of alphabet blocks
Identity & Self

My Self-Esteem Building Blocks

Recently I was commenting on a post about self-esteem by Caz of Mental Health 360º and decided it was worth expanding on in a post of my own. I've always had pretty good self-esteem, and this is what I've identified as the basic building blocks that support it. Inherent worth of humanity This is probably… Continue reading My Self-Esteem Building Blocks

Depression and irritability - cartoon angry face
MH@H Depression

“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, and swearing. This… Continue reading “You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week we'll look at sex vs. gender, as they're not the same thing. While the terms sex and gender are often used interchangeably, they actually have distinct meanings. The distinction between the two was first proposed by a sexologist in the… Continue reading What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

A question of identity: What makes you, you?
Identity & Self

Exploring Identity: What Makes You, You?

We all have a variety of different characteristics and things floating around in our heads. But when you dig down deep to the core, what is it that makes you, you? I think a major part of the foundation of who we are is the sum of our entire life experiences. No one else has had… Continue reading Exploring Identity: What Makes You, You?

Shifting identities: Living with mental illness disability - image of Carnaval mask
Identity & Self

Mental Illness Disability and Identity Shifts

Role identity is a concept in sociology that refers to the identities that we build around the various socially defined roles that we fulfill. Identity shifts can occur over time based on various factors, including the importance those roles play in our lives overall. My adult role identities Student was a key role identity for… Continue reading Mental Illness Disability and Identity Shifts

Are you your illness? - graphic of woman with writing on her face
Identity & Self

Are You Your Mental Illness?

Sometimes, as part of anti-stigma campaigns, you'll hear that we shouldn't say people are bipolar, schizophrenic, etc. The thinking goes that phrasing it this way puts people in a little box in which they're primarily defined by their illness. Yet at the same time, you'll find many bloggers referring to themselves as "I am bipolar."… Continue reading Are You Your Mental Illness?

Labelling & mental illness: who are we? Mental health ≠ mental illness; minimizing
Stop the Stigma

What’s in a Name? Labelling and Mental Illness

The language people use when it comes to mental health matters. A lot of words are tossed around to describe who we are and what we experience, and in this post, I'll consider some of the issues around labelling and mental illness and whether certain words are helpful or harmful. Role identities We all have… Continue reading What’s in a Name? Labelling and Mental Illness