Book reviews

Book Review: Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance

Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley is part of a series of pocket therapy books from New Harbinger Publishers. The book is short, the chapters are bite-sized, and it's very easy to read. The book is based on dialectical behaviour therapy, with a focus on emotional regulation.… Continue reading Book Review: Pocket Therapy for Emotional Balance

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Mental Health

The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer: Spoons, Forks, Knives, and More

You may have heard of spoon theory, a popular metaphor for dealing with chronic illness and energy-depleting activities. You're probably less likely to have heard of a variant called fork theory, and you probably haven't heard of knife theory. In this post, we're going to do a deep-dive into the mental illness cutlery drawer, and… Continue reading The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer: Spoons, Forks, Knives, and More

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Mental Health, Social justice

The Benefits of Universal Basic Income for People with Mental Illness

I don't have the economics background to speak to the feasibility of universal basic income, so I'm not going to try, but after a conversation on the topic with Shira of ShiraDest, I thought it would be interesting to explore the potential benefits for people with mental illness. What universal basic income is While various… Continue reading The Benefits of Universal Basic Income for People with Mental Illness

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What is... psychology series

What Is… Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is nonsuicidal self-injury. Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a fancy way of saying self-harm behaviour that differentiates it from suicidality. Cutting and burning are the most common methods, but there are a variety of other methods people use, including… Continue reading What Is… Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

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Emerging blogger series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Valerie Rice (Tiny Couch)

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 Valerie Rice of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Valerie Rice (Tiny Couch)

Stigma

The Ship of Fools and Other Odd Mental Illness Ideas

A little while ago, I posted Attitudes About Mental Illness That Make You Go Hmm… based on an article by Heather Stuart, an epidemiologist at Queen's University. She currently holds a Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair. She's also got some odd ideas about mental illness. Anyway, while researching for my next book,… Continue reading The Ship of Fools and Other Odd Mental Illness Ideas

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Emerging blogger series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Lose Weight With Ang

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 Ang of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lose Weight With Ang