The Bipolar Addict: Drinks, Drugs, Delirium, & Why Sober Is the New Cool by Conor Bezane shares the author's experiences, as well as the experiences of others, living with bipolar disorder and co-occurring addictions. I went into his book with high expectations, because concurrent disorders need to be included more often into the conversation about … Continue reading Book review: The Bipolar Addict
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 Saro of … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Saro
While there is debate over the roles of biological susceptibility and psychosocial factors in triggering the onset of mental illness, it's also worth giving some thought to how the illness experience is shaped by social factors vs. biologically-based symptoms. Once we are ill, we experience symptoms that are influenced by neurophysiological processes, regardless of whether … Continue reading Can the social and biological aspects of mental illness be separated?
Like so many other things in this world, race shouldn't be an issue when it comes to mental health, but it is. I'm not talking about biological effects associated with race like genetic susceptibilities to certain illnesses, but rather the impact of socially imposed ideas about race, and the lack of equality that results. To … Continue reading Where race and mental health collide
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 Juan of … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Juan
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: Sarah
As a nurse in my province (British Columbia, Canada), if I am hospitalized for mental illness then the provincial Health Professions Act requires the hospital to report me to the nursing regulatory college, and the college must treat this as a complaint about my fitness to practice. This ends up with being offering the non-choice … Continue reading Doing My Bit in the Fight Against Stigma
It's week 2 of Beckie's "Working On Us" mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. If you're interested in participating, hop on over to her page for the complete info. 🌻 Prompt #1 What do you find to be the most challenging for you when it comes to your mental illness? (You can give … Continue reading Working on us mental health prompts
First off, we'll establish a couple of things: If you're having thoughts of suicide and need to reach out, there's a list of crisis resources here. No need to worry about me; I'm not currently suicidal. I recently saw a post by Elizabeth of Life. Love. Bipolar. on the topic of suicide attempts and the … Continue reading No Regrets? Surviving Attempted Suicide
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term: flashbacks Flashbacks involve the intense, vivid re-experiencing of memories as though they're occurring in the present tense. This most often happens with trauma-related memories. The flashbacks are usually involuntary and intrusive, and don't result from a conscious attempt … Continue reading What is… a flashback?
According to the Homeless Hub, 30-35% experiencing homelessness have a mental illness. Among women, that figure jumps to 70%. How does society allow this to happen to some of our most vulnerable people? Housing is a basic fundamental need that all people should be able to access. Why are people with mental illness disproportionately represented … Continue reading We all deserve a roof over our heads
Time for a quick followup to my request earlier this week for your input on the mental health benefits of blogging. I'm working on an article for Psychreg.org, but here's an overview of people's responses. I put on my pretend researcher hat and coded your responses, and here are some of the most common themes … Continue reading The therapeutic value of blogging
Beckie from Beckie's Mental Mess is starting a new weekly mental health prompt called Working On Us. You can visit Beckie's post to get all of the details plus the picture prompt for this week. I'm going to do the written prompt: When you first found out that you had a mental illness/disorder, what was … Continue reading Working On Us (mental health prompt)
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a difficult to treat condition that can cause significant distress for those living with it. While the gold standard for treatment is psychotherapy, specifically dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), medications may also play a supporting role, and that's what this post will focus on. Antidepressants, particularly SSRIs, are some of the … Continue reading The role of medications in borderline personality disorder
I'm working on an article about the mental health benefits of blogging. While that may seem obvious to us, how often do you hear mental health professionals suggesting it as a therapeutic tool? I'd like to get a sense from my fellow bloggers how blogging contributes to your own mental health. You can let me … Continue reading How does blogging help mental health?