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
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
I've written about this before in more general terms (What Does the Self Consist of?), but in this post I'll try to get a little more specific. I think a major part of the foundation of who any of us is is the sum of our life experiences. No one else has had the exact… Continue reading What Is It That Makes You, You?
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
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)
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?
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?
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 are primarily (or only) defined by their illness. Yet at the same time, you'll find many bloggers referring to themselves… Continue reading Are You Your Illness?
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
This is a follow-up to a post last weekend about my identity as a writer. Much like I've always like to write, I've always liked to read. I'm grateful that this was something my parents instilled in me from very early on. Childhood favourites included Anne of Green Gables and the Little House on the… Continue reading Who I am as a reader