Book cover: Braving Bipolar by Stephanie Schlosser
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Braving Bipolar

In Braving Bipolar: A Family Journey and Guide, Stephanie Schlosser shares her experiences with bipolar disorder in order to support others who have the disorder, provide education and insights for those who don't, and challenge stigma. The book is broken into two parts. Part I gives a chronological view of how the author's illness developed… Continue reading Book Review: Braving Bipolar

Antidepressants, side effects, and delayed benefits
MH@H Depression

Antidepressant Side Effects & Delayed Therapeutic Effect

Have you ever wondered why antidepressant side effects seem to be worse at the beginning, or why it takes so long for them to actually start doing what you expect of them? There is actually some rhyme and reason for it, so let's talk about it. Let's talk serotonin People with depression don't have enough… Continue reading Antidepressant Side Effects & Delayed Therapeutic Effect

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Executive Functioning

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is executive functioning. Executive functioning refers to higher-level cognitive processes related to organization and regulation. It's the C-suite of your brain, or kind of like your brain's air traffic control system. Tasks that fall under this umbrella include:… Continue reading What Is… Executive Functioning

The UN's position on human rights and mental illness - image of planet earth
Stop the Stigma

The UN’s Position on Human Rights and Mental Illness

In 1991, the United Nations General Assembly passed a set of principles for the protection of persons with mental illness and the improvement of mental health care. A PDF version is embedded below. The international community will talk the talk when it comes to human rights and mental illness, but they're still a long way… Continue reading The UN’s Position on Human Rights and Mental Illness

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) is a type of eating disorder that involves restricting food intake, not with the aim of weight loss, but more along the lines of picky eating twisted to… Continue reading What Is… Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

In Defense of Stigma? Exploring an article minimizing mental illness stigma
Stop the Stigma

In Defense of… Stigma?

I recently came across Manhattan Institute fellow Stephen Eide's 2020 article In Defense of Stigma in the online magazine National Affairs. It had some... odd... ideas about mental illness stigma, so I thought I would explore some of them. Okay, forget about exploring, I'm going to rant. The basic argument in the paper is that… Continue reading In Defense of… Stigma?

StopSIM image: compassionate care or criminalisation?
Stop the Stigma

Serenity Integrated Mentoring: Suicide Attempt? Do Not Pass Go

StopSIM When Skinny Hobbit shared an iNews article with me the other day about the mistreatment of high-service-needs people with mental illness, I had no idea just how deep of a rabbit hole the whole thing would be. The story of Serenity Integrated Mentoring, the NHS (the UK's National Health Service), and the way the… Continue reading Serenity Integrated Mentoring: Suicide Attempt? Do Not Pass Go

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Paranoid Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is paranoid personality disorder. With this post on paranoid personality disorder (PPD), we've now covered all ten personality disorders in the DSM-5 (you can find the rest of them in the Psychology Corner). PPD falls within the DSM-5's… Continue reading What Is… Paranoid Personality Disorder

Maya Angelou quote: "Do the best you can until you can do better. Then do better."
MH@H Mental Health

A Collection of Quotes and Thoughts on Mental Illness

I'll start with a bit of a disclaimer and say that I didn't do any searching to verify these quotes, and internet quotes are notoriously unreliable, so these people may or may not have said the things that I'm telling you they said. Regardless of who said what, I think these words are relevant to… Continue reading A Collection of Quotes and Thoughts on Mental Illness

Book cover: Rewire Your OCD Brain by Catherine M. Pittman and William H. Youngs
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Rewire Your OCD Brain

Rewire Your OCD Brain by Catherine M. Pittman and William H. Youngs explains how your brain works and how you can take advantage of that to manage OCD. The book focuses on the two main areas in the brain that are relevant to OCD, the cortex and amygdala. It explains the role of each, how… Continue reading Book Review: Rewire Your OCD Brain