"One who gains strength by 0overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity" – Albert Schweitzer
Recovery and Well-being

Some Quotes on Adversity

It's pretty much inevitable that we'll face adversity at some point, especially if mental illness or any other sort of chronic illness is in the picture, so here are some quotes to inspire. "Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters." – Victor Hugo "Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it." – Horace "There are uses to… Continue reading Some Quotes on Adversity

How hard do you push yourself? Cartoon of a person straining towards an out of reach carrot
Mental Health & Illness

How Hard Do You Push Yourself Against Mental Illness?

Perhaps there are things you want to do, or think you should do, but they’re just not happening. How hard do you push yourself to try to get ‘er done anyway? Do you keep trying even when it becomes clear there's no way it's going to happen? I can think of a few factors that… Continue reading How Hard Do You Push Yourself Against Mental Illness?

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Community Features

Why You Should Keep Going in Eating Disorder Recovery (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, Burnie of Quash Stigma, Not Fat writes about persevering in eating disorder recovery. When the going gets tough in eating disorder recovery, you have to keep going. I’ve found myself doubting the recovery process many times, and when i’m in this place I return to my “why choose recovery” list.… Continue reading Why You Should Keep Going in Eating Disorder Recovery (Guest Post)

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

What Is… Competitiveness

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is competitiveness. From an evolutionary perspective, competition is hardwired into us; living beings need to compete for limited resources in order to survive. For most of us, though, that isn't too much of an issue, and the competitive… Continue reading What Is… Competitiveness

Maslow's hierarchy of needs
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is Maslow's hierarchy of needs. In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed a model of human motivation that was based on a hierarchy of different levels of needs. He's considered to be the founder of the humanistic psychology approach,… Continue reading What Is… Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

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

What Is… Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's terms are intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. We need motivation in order to do pretty much anything. But where does it come from, and does the source of the motivation matter in terms of the outcomes? Self-determination theory is one… Continue reading What Is… Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation

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

What Is… Motivational Interviewing

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is motivational interviewing. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a therapeutic communication approach. It's often used in the field of addictions, but it's got some very useful tidbits that are more broadly applicable to motivation for any sort of change.… Continue reading What Is… Motivational Interviewing

Fluctuating motivation in depression: anhedonia can get in the way
MH@H Depression

Fluctuating Motivation in Depression

Fluctuating motivation in mental illness means that sometimes, things are happening, while other times, the wheels just fall right off. Motivation follows activation? A basic element of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression is behavioural activation. The idea is that motivation follows activation, meaning if you force yourself to do stuff, you'll start to feel… Continue reading Fluctuating Motivation in Depression