An identity milestone: the end of my career as a nurse - cartoon graphic of a nurse with a syringe
Mental Health

An 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 not a nurse any more. 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 a shuffling of role identities. My nurse identity… Continue reading An Identity Milestone: No Longer a Nurse

How much of your life is spent online, and how does that affect your mental health?
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?

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

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Depression

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

Mental Illness Disability & 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. Student was a key role identity for me for many years. … Continue reading Mental Illness Disability & Identity Shifts

Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Janine (Nina’s Corner)

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 Janine of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Janine (Nina’s Corner)

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Psychosocial

What Does the Self Consist of?

What is it that makes you, you?  Is there even a self? Buddhism A fundamental concept in Buddhism is non-self.  The word Anatta is used for the principle that "there is in humans no permanent, underlying substance that can be called the soul" (Wikipedia).  The belief that there is a self is viewed as a… Continue reading What Does the Self Consist of?

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Blogging

How Genuine Are You Online?

I got the idea for this post from a recent post by Kacha at Food.for.thoughts about social media and depression, and I think it's a relevant question for anyone who shares parts of themselves on the internet – how genuine are you online? Layers of communication In-person communication typically involves three levels: verbal, paraverbal (tone… Continue reading How Genuine Are You Online?

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Stigma

How Much Do You Internalize Stigma?

https://twitter.com/MH_at_home/status/1190666478032498689 Recently I posted the above tweet.  I got a response from someone who felt that their diagnosis had changed who they were as a result of the stigmatized ways that other people viewed them, and the internalized stigma limited who they were able to be. That saddened me, and it got me thinking about… Continue reading How Much Do You Internalize Stigma?