I'm currently working on my next book, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis. In it I'm peeling apart the diagnostic criteria for multiple different diagnoses to give a clearer, more reader friendly picture of what each illness actually looks like. Since the DSM criteria can never fully capture what it's like to experience a given illness, … Continue reading Mental health bloggers needed!
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)
The emerging blogger series is a way to give 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 new bloggers you may not have discovered yet. This week, we have have … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Alyssa
Check out this article I published on Psyche about the idea that has been put forth that there is a post-abortion mental illness syndrome. This is my first post on Psyche, and you may also want to check it out for yourself – it's part of Vocal Media, and it's a way to make a … Continue reading Is there really a “post-abortion syndrome”?
In Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, Johann Hari takes a stand against the idea of biological causation of depression and anxiety. I expected going in that this book would annoy me, but at times it was just plain ridiculousness. To start off, let me tell you the … Continue reading Book review/rant: Lost Connections
Mental illness stigma comes from many places and in many forms. Stigma often invalidates the experience of those of us with mental illness, and one of the ways this can happen is through pathologizing normalcy. By this I mean inflating the significance of "normal" emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make it … Continue reading Stigma and the pathologization of normal