Taking psychiatric medication - graphics of neuron and pills
Mental Illness Treatment

Taking Psych Meds: I’ll Tell You Mine if You Tell Me Yours

There’s a lot of stigma around taking psych meds to treat mental illness. Meds certainly aren’t right for every person or every condition, but they're a good tool to have available as part of the mental illness toolbox. For all the social kerfuffle over meds, they are just a tool. Getting well (or getting by)… Continue reading Taking Psych Meds: I’ll Tell You Mine if You Tell Me Yours

Open dialogue: A novel approach to psychosis - graphic of tree made of dialogue bubbles
Mental Illness Treatment

The Open Dialogue Approach to Psychosis

I first heard of the Open Dialogue approach in the book My Beautiful Psychosis by Emma Goude. It's an alternative way of managing psychosis, and I wanted to explore it further. What it is Open Dialogue was first conceived in the Western Lapland province of Finland in the early 1980s. It emphasizes listening with the… Continue reading The Open Dialogue Approach to Psychosis

book cover: Nobody's Normal by Roy Richard Grinker
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Nobody’s Normal

Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness is written by Roy Richard Grinker, an anthropology professor at The George Washington University. Autism and cross-cultural psychiatry are listed as areas of expertise on his faculty page. He's the father of an autistic daughter, who he refers to a number of times throughout the… Continue reading Book Review: Nobody’s Normal

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Mental Illness Treatment

Living with Psych Med Side Effects

For anyone need to take medications for a chronic condition like mental illness, dealing with side effects may end up being part of the reality of taking meds. The pros should always be outweighing the cons, but the right balance can be hard to find. No side effects is possible All medications have potential side… Continue reading Living with Psych Med Side Effects

The problems with involuntary psychiatric treatment - graphic of a brain in a cage
Mental Illness Treatment

The Problem with Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment

Mental illness is fairly unique in that laws allow for treatment to be imposed involuntarily. I'm not against involuntary psychiatric treatment entirely, and it can play an important role, but there are some things that can and should be done better. When involuntary treatment is necessary Working as a nurse in community mental health, there… Continue reading The Problem with Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment

Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is
MH@H Mental Health, Wellbeing & Recovery

Is Mental Illness Recovery a Choice?

HealthyPlace "Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is." While this image floating around on Pinterest originated with Healthy Place, I couldn't figure out the original source of the quote (if, in fact, it is a quote from another source), but seems to have been around for a while. Anyway, I don't really agree,… Continue reading Is Mental Illness Recovery a Choice?

book cover: Shame Ate My Soul by Sue Walz
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Shame Ate My Soul

Shame Ate My Soul is Susan Walz's personal story of rising above stigma, suicide attempts, addiction, and misdiagnosis, and eventually finding recovery. I've known Sue, who blogs at My Loud Whispers of Hope, since the beginning of my blogging journey. The book opens with a heartbreaking conversation with 2 of her 3 children, as they… Continue reading Book Review: Shame Ate My Soul

Depression illness treatment and wellness promotion strategies
Mental Illness Treatment

Mental Illness Treatment vs. Wellness Promotion

One of the things I talk about in my new book Managing the Depression Puzzle is the idea of differentiating between illness treatment strategies and wellness promotion strategies.  I think it's a distinction that applies to mental illness in general.  So what's the difference? Illness treatment I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here, but… Continue reading Mental Illness Treatment vs. Wellness Promotion

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MH@H Depression

Calling It Quits Due To Medication Side Effects

Image by Dawid Cedler from Pixabay I've never been especially prone to side effects from medications.  I'd only ever stopped a medication once before because I couldn't handle dealing with the side effects. Then I got hit by the prednisone bus last week. The prednisone bus It's an experiment that my doctor and I had been mulling over… Continue reading Calling It Quits Due To Medication Side Effects

MH@H Mental Health

Early Insane Asylums – Bedlam and Beyond

Public domain This post is a follow-up of sorts to a guest post I did recently on Renard's World.  While that post focused on the dark side of psychiatry in the 1900s, in this post we'll look even further back in history at some of the frightening goings-on in early asylums to "treat" people with… Continue reading Early Insane Asylums – Bedlam and Beyond