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Mental health

“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,… Continue reading “You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

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Mental health, Wounded healers

Wounded Healer Interview: Karoline (Not Broken – My Life with PTSD)

The wounded healer interview series features people who've dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Karoline of Not broken – My life with PTSD. 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in, and… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interview: Karoline (Not Broken – My Life with PTSD)

Mental health

Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?

My last hospitalization for depression happened after a suicide attempt. My primary nurse kept asked me what I was angry about, saying that I must have been angry about something to have tried to kill myself. She seemed rather annoyed when I assured her that no, I wasn't angry, and anger had nothing to do… Continue reading Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?

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Mental health

The Role of Peer Support in Mental Health

As members of the blogging community, we're already experiencing a form of peer support and seeing the benefits of it.  It also exists in a more formal sense, with trained peer support workers (PSWs) forming part of health care teams.  I wanted to explore that a little bit here. The Mental Health Commission of Canada… Continue reading The Role of Peer Support in Mental Health

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Mental health, Wounded healers

Wounded Healer Interviews: Maria (Emotional Musings)

The wounded healer interview series features people who've dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Maria Teresa Pratico Swanson of Emotional Musings. © Maria Teresa Pratico Swanson 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interviews: Maria (Emotional Musings)

book cover: The Ups and Downs - A Bipolar Picture Book by Kat Owens
Book reviews

Book Review: The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book

The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book by Kat Owens is an adult-oriented picture book, although there's no "adult" content and it would be very appropriate to help younger people understand bipolar disorder. The author aims to show the ups and downs of everyday life with bipolar. She herself lives with bipolar II.… Continue reading Book Review: The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book

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Emerging blogger, Mental health, Trauma & PTSD

Emerging Blogger Series: Shanon (Surviving Childhood Trauma)

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 Shanon of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Shanon (Surviving Childhood Trauma)

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Mental health

Letting Go of a Life Before Depression

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

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Mental health, Wounded healers

Are You a Wounded Healer?

A couple of months ago, I decided to start the wounded healers interview series to showcase the contributions that people from within the mental illness community have made to help others living with mental illness.  So far, I've interviewed: Caz of Mental Health 360º – interview HEREKacha of Food.for.Thoughts – interview HEREWrae of One Blog,… Continue reading Are You a Wounded Healer?

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Mental health

Mindless Mode and Mental Illness

Image by Irini Adler from Pixabay  My brain hasn't been a happy place for several years, but sometimes, it's more unhappy than usual. Sometimes that's because my mood's low, and sometimes it's because depression has made mashed potatoes out of my brain. Whatever the reason, my tendency is to seek out mindless tasks to just power through and… Continue reading Mindless Mode and Mental Illness