The idea of labelling people as attention-seeking is not unique to mental illness, but it's certainly something that seems to come up an awful lot. The labellers might be friends and family, but unfortunately, they may also be health care providers. I work as a nurse at a mental health and addictions facility. One of … Continue reading The “Attention-Seeking” Label and the Attitude it Reflects
When any mental health professional is first getting started in their career, one of the things they need to do is find their therapeutic voice. That therapeutic voice can vary a lot from one professional to another, and there's a tendency to settle into and get very comfortable with it. Some people will use more … Continue reading Therapist-speak pet peeves
I saw a post about this issue on Twitter recently, and it stirred up a pretty strong reaction for me. A man was writing about how he'd been advocating for his child to be able to have their cell phone on the psych ward, but this was flatly denied due to ward policy. As a … Continue reading Cell phones on psych wards – yea or nay?
Check out this post I've written on Psyche about the challenges accessing mental health services as a mental health professional myself. It's been chosen as a staff pick by Vocal Media, which I'm über-excited about. https://psyche.media/barriers-to-mental-health-care-for-mental-health-professionals
In the Profiles in Tremendousness series, I borrow an idea from the Daily Show with Trevor Noah to celebrate the best of the worst in mental health care. In this edition, I'll take a look at some of the weird shit that's gone on in places where I've worked, proving yet again that common sense … Continue reading Profiles in tremendousness: The uncommon sense edition
Not long ago I posted Profiles in Tremendousness round 1, which borrowed an idea from the Daily Show to identify some of the non-rockstars I've encountered in my own experiences of mental health care. In round 2, I'm going to touch on some of the anti-superstars I've encountered in my work as a mental health … Continue reading Profiles in tremendousness 2: The coworker edition
People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) face a lot of challenges. Unhelpful treatment providers shouldn't be one of them, but I suspect this is the case more often than it should be. One of my jobs is at a mental health and addictions transitional program. While some of the staff are licensed mental health professionals, … Continue reading Borderline Personality Disorder: Are the helpers actually hurting?
Profiles in Tremendousness is a segment on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah that pokes fun at the competency (and lack thereof) of various characters in the Trump White House. I'm going to borrow that idea to take a look at the less than stellar characters I've come across in my mental health journey. Difficult … Continue reading Profiles in Tremendousness