The Overcoming Avoidance Workbook by psychologist Daniel F. Gros aims to help you stop avoiding and start living. It takes a transdiagnostic approach, meaning it focuses on specific behaviours rather than the diagnoses in which they occur. The cover says that it's for anxiety, depression, or PTSD, but the focus is on anxiety and depression.… Continue reading Book Review: Overcoming Avoidance
Mental illness can certainly feel like it ages you, but is the combination of aging and mental illness something that's visible from the outside? For a good chunk of my adult life, I looked youngish for my age. Not as in babyface, but youngish. When I finished university and started working, most people were a… Continue reading Aging and Mental Illness: Does It Show?
I mentioned in a recent weekend wrap-up that this was coming, and now it's here. As of today, I’m officially not a nurse any more. This isn't an abrupt transition by any means. I've known this was coming for a while now, and I’ve already been through a shuffling of role identities. My nurse identity… Continue reading An Identity Milestone: No Longer a Nurse
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is histrionic personality disorder. Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) falls within the DSM-5's cluster B of dramatic/emotional/erratic personality disorders. Like any personality disorder, it doesn't just pop up out of nowhere in adulthood; it starts early and is pretty… Continue reading What Is… Histrionic Personality Disorder
Over the last three years (wow, has it been that long?), I've read and reviewed a lot of books. Here are a few quotes that stood out for me. No One Cares About Crazy People In No One Cares About Crazy People, Ron Powers intertwines a sweeping history of mental illness stigma with the stories… Continue reading Interesting Book Quotes from Past Reviews
As an official Crazy Person, I'm all for laughing at ourselves. It makes the hard stuff a little bit easier. But when other people use stigma as an excuse to laugh at us, that makes this Crazy Person very unimpressed, because stigma isn't funny. Canada's public broadcaster, the CBC, seems to do a pretty good… Continue reading Mental Illness Stigma Isn’t Funny
Britney Spears, Roundhouse, London (Apple Music Festival 2016)Drew de F Fawkes, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Britney Spears has been in the news recently after the New York Times released its documentary Framing Britney Spears. It's on Hulu and FX, which I don't have access to, so I haven't watched it. Still, I wanted… Continue reading The Strangeness of the Britney Spears Conservatorship
Perhaps there are things you want to do, or think you should do, but they’re just not happening. How hard do you push yourself to try to get ‘er done anyway? Do you keep trying even when it becomes clear there's no way it's going to happen? I can think of a few factors that… Continue reading How Hard Do You Push Yourself When Mental Illness Pushes Back?
Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness is written by Roy Richard Grinker, an anthropology professor at The George Washington University. Autism and cross-cultural psychiatry are listed as areas of expertise on his faculty page. He's the father of an autistic daughter, who he refers to a number of times throughout the… Continue reading Book Review: Nobody’s Normal
I saw this CBC story recently about a man who was written off because he was just a psych patient. I wanted to write about it, then promptly forgot about it until suninthespring brought it to my attention. In April 2018, David Pontone went to the emergency department at Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Canada.… Continue reading Just a Psych Patient? – Stigma in the ER