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

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 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 Identity Milestone: No Longer a Nurse

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

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 has 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 more… 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

What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's terms are sex vs. gender. As we near the end of Pride Month, I've spruced up this older post about terminology related to sex vs. gender. When I initially published it early last year, it got a few really ignorant… Continue reading What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

Letting go of a life before depression - graphic of butterflies flying off
MH@H Depression

Letting Go of a Life Before Depression

g 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… Continue reading Letting Go of a Life Before Depression

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

A Question of Identity: What Makes You, You?

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. When 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… Continue reading A Question of Identity: What Makes You, You?

Shifting identities - Venetian carnival masks
Identity & Self

Mental Illness Disability and Identity Shifts

mu; 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… Continue reading Mental Illness Disability and Identity Shifts

What does the self consist of? - sketch of a woman's head
Identity & Self

What Does the Self Consist of?

What is it that makes you, you? Is there even a self? Let's consider a few different approaches. 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… Continue reading What Does the Self Consist of?

Stop the Stigma

Do You Internalize Mental Illness Stigma?

Recently I tweeted the above message.  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 how… Continue reading Do You Internalize Mental Illness Stigma?