The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary: A Self-Help Diary with CBT Activities to Challenge Your OCD is written by Charlotte Dennis, who shares the experiences she has been through working on her own OCD using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). It's designed as a workbook to be written in, so the paper version would definitely be a … Continue reading Book Review: The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary
I'm not sure why searching for "blind" on Pixabay turned up this leaping llama, but he is spectacular, so llama it is. I used to have a decent memory. I used to be good at handling multiple pieces of information and task-switching. Depression put the kibosh on that. Now, I have a really hard time … Continue reading If it’s not in front of me then it doesn’t exist
Sometimes as part of anti-stigma campaigns you'll hear rules that we shouldn't say people are bipolar, schizophrenic, etc. The thinking goes that phrasing it this way puts people in a little box in which they are primarily (or only) defined by their illness. Yet at the same time, you'll find many bloggers referring to themselves … Continue reading Are You Your Illness?
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! 🇨🇦 The ebook versions of my new book, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, and my first book Psych Meds Made Simple are on sale through the Mental Health @ Home Store today only for $1.99 each! And totally aside from that, a huge thank you to all of you for making this blogging … Continue reading Thanksgiving Sale!
Today is World Mental Health Day (the 27th annual), and this year's focus is on mental health promotion and suicide prevention. The message from the president of the World Federation for Mental Health, which organizes World Mental Health Day, states: "The object of making suicide prevention the theme of World Mental Health Day in 2019 is … Continue reading It’s World Mental Health Day
The Mental Health @ Home Store has been open for a month now, and a big thank you for the support. I've decided I need it to be way more focused in order to keep my head from exploding, and that focus is going to be on ebooks. The MH@H Store will always have the lowest … Continue reading A Shift in Direction for the MH@H Store
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term: malingering Most of us living with mental illness end up spending quite a bit of time trying to act as though we're not mentally ill. However, sometimes when there's sufficient incentive people will fake mental illness for secondary … Continue reading What is… Malingering
The basic idea of positive psychology is a good one. Who doesn't want to feel happier and the other positive emotions that go along with that? According to PositivePsychology.com, positive psychology focuses on the positive aspects of life, including: "Positive experiences (like happiness, joy, inspiration, and love)" "Positive states and traits (like gratitude, resilience, and compassion)" "Positive institutions (applying … Continue reading How Well Does Positive Psychology Apply to Mental Illness?
It's Ok to Not Be Ok by Kim Lamontagne is a collection of stories written by 11 contributing authors about their personal experience with mental health struggles. I heard about this book from Cat Davis, who blogs at High Risk Cat. She contributed the Story "Looked Up", which is the first story in the book. In … Continue reading Book Review: It’s Ok to Not Be Ok
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
Here are this month's new releases on the Mental Health @ Home Store: Finding forgiveness guided journal includes prompts to help you in your journey to find whatever form of forgiveness that will help you to feel greater freedom PTSD treatment options overview mini-ebook, which covers the major evidence-based treatment options for PTSD, including EMDR and … Continue reading MH@H Store New Items for October
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 Lacey of … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lacey
This week's featured product on the Mental Health @ Home Store is a mini e-book on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills for Mood Disorders. DBT may have been developed for use with borderline personality disorder (BPD), but many of the skills it covers are transferrable to other disorders, and particularly mood disorders. When Dr. Marsha … Continue reading DBT skills for mood disorders: MH@H Store featured product
Chances are the first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about depression is depressed mood, right? But while depressed mood is often a major part of depressive illnesses, sometimes it plays a minor role and other times it's not present at all. The symptoms of depression are (must have one of … Continue reading Depression Without the Depressed Part?
Polishing the Facets of Life with Bipolar is a memoir by E.M. Sebree about learning to live with bipolar disorder. Like many people bipolar, she was first diagnosed with depression, which was triggered by sexual abuse. While she was still in high school she became manic, and she shares the psychotic symptoms she experienced and her … Continue reading Book Review: Polishing the Facets of Life with Bipolar