Why? Whatever the issue might be, and whatever might be happening to us, we always want to know why. (Note: you can read a bit more about that in my post on attribution theory.) For people taking psychiatric medications for mental illness, there's often a lot going on in both mind and body, and it … Continue reading Do you tend to blame your illness or your meds?
Cannabis. It's a plant that's well known for getting people high, but it's also become increasingly accepted for medicinal purposes, particularly for pain and nausea. But what do we know about the interaction between cannabis and mental illness? There's been a clearly established link between cannabis use and triggering the onset of psychotic illness in … Continue reading What Does the Research Say on Cannabis and Mental Illness?
Join the MH Conversation is a new series starting next week on Mental Health @ Home. It will give people who don't write about mental illness on their own blogs the opportunity to do a guest post sharing their personal experiences with mental illness. The idea is to give people a safe space to tell … Continue reading New series: Join the MH Conversation
It's week 11 of the Working on Us mental health prompt series from Beckie of Beckie's Mental Mess. Please see Beckie's post for details on how to participate. This week's focus is on emotional support/therapy animals. Prompt #1 Questions: Do you own a pet for emotional support and/or service/therapy? I don't think I'd say I … Continue reading Working On Us – Week 11
Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person is written by journalist Anna Mehler Paperny, and is both a story of her own personal experiences of suicidality and an in-depth journalistic exploration of depression and suicide. The author has done her research well. The book contains information gleaned from interviews with … Continue reading Book Review: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me
Employers aren't supposed to discriminate against people with mental illness. In fact, it's often against the law. Yet it happens, so what do we do about it when it does? In Canada, provincial human rights legislation requires equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups. People with mental and physical disabilities … Continue reading Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination
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 Christopher G. … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Christopher
Mental illness makes it very easy to focus our attention on what we can't do rather than what we can do. I also tend to disqualify (at least in relative terms) what I can do and place greater importance on what I can't. Many of my cans revolve around blogging and writing. Blogging and other … Continue reading What I can and can’t do
Agency is a sociological construct that refers to the capacity to freely make decisions and then independently enact those decisions. Agency can be limited by our own individual beliefs, and it can also be limited by social structures that impose rules and constraints. Structural constraints imposed on people living with mental illness can come from … Continue reading Finding Agency in Mental Illness
NIMBYism is a fascinating phenomenon. NIMBYs, or people think that something is okay just as long as it's Not In My BackYard, cover discrimination with a thin veneer of civility and acceptability. Among the many manifestations of this is with regards to social housing, including supported housing for people with mental illness. NIMBYs' arguments may … Continue reading NIMBYism and mental health housing
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 Sarah from … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sarah
Yes, I realize the post title doesn't go with the hobbit house photo, but I liked it, so there you have it. Anyway... Home has had various meanings for me over the course of my life, and I think it's probably more important now than it's ever been. I grew up in a small town … Continue reading My Fortress of Solitude
It's week #7 for the Working On Us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. Visit her post to see the guidelines to participate. Content warning: This week's topic is suicidal ideation. Prompt #1 Questions Have you ever experienced suicidal thoughts? Have you ever attempted suicide? Were you ever hospitalized for a suicidal … Continue reading Working On Us – Week #7
A Guided Mental Illness Journal & Workbook: Build Confidence and Coping Skills by Rebecca Chamaa is aimed at helping people with mental illness to feel better about themselves and the world they interact with. The journal is set up to do a task a day for 60 days, so that you have a steady 2 … Continue reading Book Review: A Guided Mental Illness Journal & Workbook
There's a lot that illness has taken away from me. Here are a few things that I miss: Planning and getting excited about where my next travel destination might be Enjoying going out to eat Enjoying spending time with close friends Being interested in going to theatre performances Having fun getting ready to go out … Continue reading What I miss most