Seasonal affective disorder (depression/bipolar with seasonal features)
Insights into Psychology Series, MH@H Depression

What Is… Seasonal Affective Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a subtype of depression or bipolar with symptoms that occur based on a seasonal pattern. It was first described in 1984 as the result of an American study of mostly… Continue reading What Is… Seasonal Affective Disorder

This one flew over the cuckoo's nest: electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in real life
MH@H Depression

This One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: ECT in Real Life

Ask anyone of a certain age what comes to mind first when they hear the term electroconvulsive therapy (aka ECT, aka electroshock therapy, aka shock therapy), and chances are they will mention the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Jack Nicholson. The reality is very different.

book cover: The Ups and Downs - A Bipolar Picture Book by Kat Owens
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The Ups and Downs: A Bipolar Picture Book

The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book by Kat Owens is an adult-oriented picture book, although there's no "adult" content and it would be very appropriate to help younger people understand bipolar disorder. The author aims to show the ups and downs of everyday life with bipolar. She herself lives with bipolar II.… Continue reading Book Review: The Ups and Downs: A Bipolar Picture Book

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Community Features

Emerging Blogger Series: Emma (Mental Health Matters)

This post is by Emma from Mental Health Matters. Hello, my name is Emma and this is a piece I wrote for my blog in 2018. Since writing this article, I have found a treatment that is helping me. I have a disease called PMDD, and the supplement I am taking is called Jubilance for PMS. Jubilance has… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Emma (Mental Health Matters)

book cover: Bring Me to Light by Eleanor Segall
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Bring Me To Light

Bring Me To Light: Embracing my Bipolar and Social Anxiety by Eleanor Segall describes her journey with mental illness, from pre-diagnosis through her work on recovery. It's written in clear, simple language, making it easy to understand for readers with no background knowledge of mental illness. She begins by talking about her Jewish heritage and… Continue reading Book Review: Bring Me To Light

cannabis plant leaves
Mental Health & Illness

Cannabis & Mental Illness: What Does the Research Say?

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 people… Continue reading Cannabis & Mental Illness: What Does the Research Say?

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

What Is… Ultra Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is ultra rapid cycling in bipolar disorder. Rapid cycling and the DSM-5 Rapid cycling describes the frequency of switching between mania/hypomania and depression in bipolar disorder. The current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders… Continue reading What Is… Ultra Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Disorder

Book cover: Bipolar Me by Janet Coburn
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Bipolar Me

Bipolar Me by Janet Coburn explores her journey with bipolar II disorder.  The book is made up of blog posts, which are divided into chapters based on theme.  The chapters cover topics like the symptoms of bipolar disorder, the "med-go-round", times of struggling, dealing with social situations, and broader societal issues.  Each post is pretty… Continue reading Book Review: Bipolar Me

Why I hat the 1-10 mood rating scale for depression
MH@H Depression

Why I Hate the 1 – 10 Mood Rating Scale for Depression

I became a nurse in 2004, which was before I became mentally ill. &Even then, I wasn't a fan of using a 1-10 mood rating scale with my patients. It struck me as a bit of a cop-out—a poor substitute for actually exploring with the person how they were feeling. Adventures in hospital And then… Continue reading Why I Hate the 1 – 10 Mood Rating Scale for Depression