How my journalling style has evolved - graphic of a journal
Mental Health

How My Bullet Journalling Style Has Evolved

Skinnyhobbit was recently asking about my bullet journalling setup, and now I'm finally getting around to writing about it. I've journalled off and on since I was a kid. I didn't journal every day, just when I felt like I had something to say, and it was basic narrative style. I kept my old journals… Continue reading How My Bullet Journalling Style Has Evolved

How does what you listen to affect your mood? Graphics of brain and music speakers
Mental Health

How Music Affects the Brain and Mood

I started this post about three months ago after Rookyn of Never Stop Growing did a post about the beneficial effect of music and other positive/motivational audio on mood. She wondered what the science/psychology behind it might be, and of course, my virtual ears perked up at that. Unfortunately, she's since vanished from the blogosphere,… Continue reading How Music Affects the Brain and Mood

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Depression Without the Depressed Part?

Chances are the first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about depression is depressed mood, right?  But while depressed mood is often a major part of depressive illnesses, sometimes it plays a minor role and other times it's not present at all. Major depressive episode symptoms The symptoms of depression are… Continue reading Depression Without the Depressed Part?

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Mental Health

Why I Hate the 1–10 Mood Rating Scale

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay 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… Continue reading Why I Hate the 1–10 Mood Rating Scale

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Mental Health

Identifying Emotions

Wikipedia What exactly are emotions?  Well, there's no easy answer to that; it depends on who you ask and what their theoretical perspective is (you can read more in What Is… an Emotion).   But regardless of how we define them, how do we describe them?  That can be easier said than done.  There's even… Continue reading Identifying Emotions