Mental health bullet journalling - image of a journal
MH@H Mental Health

Bullet Journalling Part I: The Basics

I've talked about bullet journalling before, but it's been a while, so I thought I'd talk about it again in a little miniseries over the next couple of weeks. My Journalling History I've journalled off and on for most of my life. When I was going to university, I mostly did themed pages devoted to… Continue reading Bullet Journalling Part I: The Basics

The many faces of depression - watercolour images of eyes
MH@H Depression

The Many Faces of Depression

Depression – it's one word to describe so many different things. The many faces of depression means that no one person's experience can ever capture what depression is. It's a simple word for a complex illness, so let's chat a bit about what that complexity can look like. Major depressive episode symptoms The list of… Continue reading The Many Faces of Depression

Mental health care for all: Let's make it a reality
MH@H Mental Health

Mental Health Care for All: Let’s Make It a Reality

Today is World Mental Health Day 2021, and this post's title is this year's campaign slogan. Mental health conditions don't get the same attention as physical health conditions, and there has been chronic underinvestment in mental health care for years. That needs to change. According to the World Health Organization: Depression is a leading cause… Continue reading Mental Health Care for All: Let’s Make It a Reality

MH@H book review: The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD

The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD by Kimberley Quinlan looks at how to use self-compassion in conjunction with exposure and response prevention (ERP) to manage OCD. The foreword is written by Jon Hershfield, co-author of The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD, which I've previously reviewed. Like that book's use of mindfulness, this book uses self-compassion as a… Continue reading Book Review: The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD

Psychosis, psychopathy, & other psych terms; they may sound similar, but have very different meanings
MH@H Mental Health

Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

There's a lot of overlap in terms used in psychiatry/psychology-speak, and sometimes that can lead mistaken association of words that contain some of the same parts but actually mean very different things (like psychosis and psychopathy). This post will break down some of those words and word roots to hopefully add some clarity. Word roots… Continue reading Psychosis, Psychopathy & Other Psych Terms

Depression gets physical: Speech impairment in psychomotor retardation
MH@H Depression

Speech Impairment and Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

Psychomotor retardation (PMR) is a set of symptoms involving the slowing of movement and thoughts. One aspect of motor activity that's affected is speech, which is what this post will focus on. This interests me because PMR is the most treatment-resistant aspect of my depression, and speech impairment has had a significant impact on my… Continue reading Speech Impairment and Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

MH@H book review: I Hate You Don't Leave Me
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: I Hate You – Don’t Leave Me

I Hate You – Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality by Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Strauss is the new third edition of a book that was first published in 1989. It's probably one of the more widely recognized books about borderline personality disorder (BPD). There was a note to readers at the beginning… Continue reading Book Review: I Hate You – Don’t Leave Me

Why do psych medications sometimes stop working? - image of a pill bottle
Mental Illness Treatment

Why Do Psych Medications Stop Working Sometimes?

The idea for this post came from Angela of I Am My Own Island, and others have also expressed interest in her suggestion. It's taken me a while to pull this post together because there just isn't a simple answer as to why psych medications stop working out of the blue sometimes. There are various… Continue reading Why Do Psych Medications Stop Working Sometimes?

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Reactive Attachment Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is reactive attachment disorder. The DSM-5 classifies reactive attachment disorder (RAD) as a trauma-related disorder that develops in early childhood as a result of severe neglect and maltreament. It's been observed in children whose parents have an illness… Continue reading What Is… Reactive Attachment Disorder

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Stop the Stigma

Stigma, Word Policing, and Targeting the Wrong Audience

Stigma is a social phenomenon that encompasses stereotypes, prejudiced attitudes based on those stereotypes, and discriminatory behaviours. There are a lot of anti-stigma advocates, both organizations and individuals, focusing on word usage and what to say or not say about mental illness. This is sometimes referred to as word policing or language policing. Sometimes, those… Continue reading Stigma, Word Policing, and Targeting the Wrong Audience