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Weekend Wrap-Up

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week: It sure has been tumbleweeds and crickets in the corner of the blogosphere that I inhabit this week. The guinea pigs have been loud this week in their requests for food, which has been kind of annoying. Peanut has messed up his teeth from chewing …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: cover of How to Be Yourself

Book Review: How to Be Yourself

How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety by psychologist Ellen Hendriksen offers cognitive behavioural therapy-based strategies to help readers overcome social anxiety. The author herself has experienced social anxiety, and I always like when authors are willing to be vulnerable and add that personal touch. The book is aimed …

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Wrapup: laptop and wrapping paper

Weekend Wrap-Up

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week: It’s been another slooooow brain week. I’m a big fan of closure, as in wrap it up, stick a bow on it, and put it away in the back of the closet to gather dust. Circumstances don’t always like to play along nicely, though, and …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Concept Creep

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is concept creep. The term concept creep was first described by psychologist Nick Haslam in a 2016 paper. He wrote that there’s been semantic expansion (i.e. expanded definitions) of words representing various phenomena, so those words now encompass …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction

Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction

The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction, 2nd ed., by Rebecca E. Williams and Julie S. Kraft uses mindfulness strategies to help readers explore the losses and avoidance of feelings that have contributed to addictions. It draws on a variety of concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). …

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Depression, Anhedonia, and the Brain

Anhedonia, which refers to decreased ability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable things, is a core symptom of depression; in fact, you can get a diagnosis of major depressive disorder without depressed mood if you have anhedonia. Anhedonia is a part of the melancholic features specifier for depression, as opposed to atypical features, which involves …

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Weekend Wrap-Up

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week: This has been a particularly slow thinking week. In particular, I’ve noticed that responding to comments is slower than usual in my head. Thank goodness for emojis! There’s something in my world that I wish I had a why for. I’ll never get that why, …

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Exploring the Wheel of Wellness

I first learned about the wheel of wellness recently from Laura at Keeping It Creative. It’s a concept that the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed based on the work of Margaret Swarbrick. So let’s have a look! Dimensions of wellness The wheel of wellness includes eight dimensions: Emotional: includes …

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Wrapup: laptop and wrapping paper

Weekend Wrap-Up

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week: I continue to have a hole in my bathroom ceiling while waiting for my upstairs neighbour’s leaky shower to be fixed. Not sure what’s taking them so long. My boy guinea pigs are lovely, but they are a little on the stinky side to have …

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MH@H book review: What Happened to Make You Anxious?

Book Review: What Happened to Make You Anxious?

What Happened to Make You Anxious? by Jaime Castillo aims to help readers uncover and process the unresolved past little-t traumas that are fuelling their anxiety. It incorporates concepts from several therapeutic approaches, including internal family systems therapy (IFS) and the adaptive information processing model, which is the theoretical basis for eye movement desensitization and …

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