Insights into psychology series: What is... melancholic depression
Insights into Psychology Series

What is… Melancholic Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is melancholic depression, also known as depression with melancholic features. The word melancholia comes from the Greek for black bile, part of the ancient four humours medical belief system. In the 5th century BCE, Hippocrates first identified melancholia as… Continue reading What is… Melancholic Depression

Mental Health @ Home book review: Relationship OCD
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Relationship OCD

Relationship OCD by Sheva Rajaee is written from the perspective of a therapist who herself has dealt with relationship OCD (ROCD). What a perfect combination! I love that more and more mental health professionals are willing to talk about their own mental health challenges. Throughout the book, the author emphasizes the importance of learning to… Continue reading Book Review: Relationship OCD

Mental Health @ Home book review: Safe, Wanted, and Loved by Patrick Dylan
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Safe, Wanted, and Loved

Safe, Wanted, and Loved by Patrick Dylan is a memoir about the author's wife's experiences of mental illness, how that affected the family, and the difficult journey in the direction of recovery. The book's powerful opening line is the author's wife, Mia, saying "Pat, I am going to prison." At that point, she was first… Continue reading Book Review: Safe, Wanted, and Loved

Mental Health @ Home book review: Complex Borderline Personality Disorder by Daniel J. Fox
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Complex Borderline Personality Disorder

Complex Borderline Personality Disorder by Daniel J. Fox is aimed at people who have borderline personality disorder along with a co-occurring mental disorder. It describes how these combinations can present and how to manage them. The co-occurring conditions that it addresses are bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, ADHD, and PTSD/complex PTSD. The author refers to BPD… Continue reading Book Review: Complex Borderline Personality Disorder

The good patient stereotype: the role that mental health professionals may expect of patients
Stop the Stigma

The “Good Patient” and Other Mental Illness Stereotypes

Stereotypes are a way that we store knowledge about social categories. When a category is considered by society to be deviant, such as the group of people who are mentally ill, members of that category tend to be viewed as a homogeneous group that is accurately represented by stereotypes. There may be a grain of… Continue reading The “Good Patient” and Other Mental Illness Stereotypes

The benefits of peer support for mental illness, including self-stigma reduction
Stop the Stigma

The Benefits of Peer Support for Mental Illness

Self-stigma, which comes from public stigma that's been internalized, can have a significant negative impact on those of us living with mental illness. Peer support can help to reduce self-stigma, so I wanted to explore that and some of the other benefits that research has shown. Peer support can happen in a lot of different… Continue reading The Benefits of Peer Support for Mental Illness

How we talk about mental illness: definitions and connotations
Mental Health & Illness

How We Talk About Mental Illness: Definitions vs. Connotations

Some of the posts I’ve written lately, as well as people’s comments on response, have got me thinking about the different ways that different people may use the same words. When it comes to mental health conditions, there are technical medical/psychiatric/psychological definitions of terms, but those aren't necessarily the definitions that people are using in… Continue reading How We Talk About Mental Illness: Definitions vs. Connotations

Political advocacy to challenge mental illness stigma
Stop the Stigma

Political Advocacy to Challenge Mental Illness Stigma

A lot of us in the mental health blogging world are already engaged in advocacy in terms of raising awareness, providing information, and supporting others living with mental illness. There's another kind of advocacy, though, that many of us (including myself) don't typically engage in, which is political advocacy. Quorum.us says "Political advocacy is an… Continue reading Political Advocacy to Challenge Mental Illness Stigma

A Brief History of Stigma: I am mentally ill and I am also... - circle of puzzle pieces
Identity & Self, Stop the Stigma

I Am Mentally Ill, and I Am Also… So Many Other Things

I am mentally ill, and I am also a lot of different things. But do people see all of those things, or mostly just the illness? We all have many different identities associated with all the social roles that we play; not identities as in personalities, but bundles of knowledge, expectations, patterns of behaviour that… Continue reading I Am Mentally Ill, and I Am Also… So Many Other Things

Creating serenity-promoting spaces - image of flowers and butterfly
Recovery and Well-being

Creating Serenity-Promoting Spaces for Mental Health

I got thinking about this a while back when reading a post by MJ about being put in a seclusion room while on a psych ward as a teenager. While seclusion is sometimes necessary for safety, I think serenity-promoting spaces could be more useful, at least in some cases. In my last nursing job, which… Continue reading Creating Serenity-Promoting Spaces for Mental Health