Depression and irritability - cartoon image of a person getting angry

“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

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

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

Shifting identities: learning to live with mental illness disability – graphic of carnival masks
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 a variety of factors, including the importance those roles play in our lives overall. Student was a key role identity for me for… 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)

graphic of hands with the words I am now, and holding a globe
Mental health, Psychology

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?

Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis : "A mental illness serves as an explanation for symptoms. It does not change who or what a diagnosed person is."
Mental health, Stigma

How Much Do You Internalize Stigma? 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?

Are you your illness: Establishing a mental illness identity - graphic of silhouette in mirror frame
Mental health

Are You Your Illness?

Sometimes as part of anti-stigma campaigns you'll hear rules 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… Continue reading Are You Your Illness?

huge walk-in closet
Mental health

Depression and Closet/Identity Thinning

Image by Mike Gattorna from Pixabay No, this picture doesn't look anything like my closet.  But it would be fabulous to have something so neat and organized, even though I would need only about 5% of that space. I have quite a few clothes and shoes that I haven't worn for a few years.  I used to dress… Continue reading Depression and Closet/Identity Thinning