MH@H Community Features, MH@H Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: GAD, Pure OCD & Me (Chloe)

This post is by Chloe of GAD, Pure OCD, and Me. My toxic relationship, warning signs and the after effects In this post I am going to be writing about a previous toxic relationship I have had. I’m not going to be using his real name for confidentiality however those who know me well will… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: GAD, Pure OCD & Me (Chloe)

Normalizing mental illness symptoms: the validating and invalidating ways
MH@H Mental Health

Normalizing Mental Illness Symptoms: The Good & Bad Ways

: The I got thinking about this recently because my best friend is a normalizer, and it really doesn't feel very good sometimes.  But there are other times when normalizing aspects of mental illness can be helpful.  So what's the difference? The invalidating way A little while back, I told my best friend that I… Continue reading Normalizing Mental Illness Symptoms: The Good & Bad Ways

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MH@H Community Features, MH@H Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Sana (The Curly Therapist)

This post is by Sana of The Curly Therapist. Photo by guest author What Does Your Attachment Style Say About You? What is "Attachment"? Attachment theory is focused on the relationships and bonds between people, especially long-term relationships, between a parent and child and between romantic partners. John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, pioneers of this… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Sana (The Curly Therapist)

Book cover: Where Is This Place They Call Home? by Melody Finch
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Where Is This Place They Call Home?

Where Is This Place They Call "Home"? is the second book in the Learners At Love Series by Melody Finch, who you may know from her blog Caramel (Learner at Love). The series follows protagonist Annabelle Riley as she grows emotionally and in her relationship. In this book, Annabelle crosses the Atlantic to pursue her relationship… Continue reading Book Review: Where Is This Place They Call Home?

Why depression makes it hard to be around people - graphic of person standing out from a group
MH@H Depression

Why Depression Makes It Hard For Me To Be Around People

Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, can be a crippling condition that makes it extremely difficult to be around people.  It affects around 13% of the population at some point during their lifetime.  A key element of the condition is a fear of doing something that will result in humiliation. That's not me. … Continue reading Why Depression Makes It Hard For Me To Be Around People

Does mental illness make you hard to love?
MH@H Mental Health

Does Mental Illness Make You Hard to Love?

I recently commented on another blogger's post and mentioned that depression makes me hard to love.  From their response, it seemed like they misinterpreted where I was going with that, so I thought it was worth doing a post about. I've written before about how I used to conceptualize separate well and ill selves.  My… Continue reading Does Mental Illness Make You Hard to Love?

Validation - what it is and what it isn't
Insights into Psychology

The Power of Validation to Support Others

Skinny Hobbit from Growing Into Myself recently did a post that contained this Youtube video.  The video is about supporting someone who is grieving, but it's a powerful message about validation in general, which is what inspired this post. Many of us have chosen to blog because there are difficult experiences that we're dealing with. … Continue reading The Power of Validation to Support Others

book cover: Everything Isn't Terrible by Kathlleen Smith
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Everything Isn’t Terrible

Everything Isn't Terrible is written by marriage and family therapist Dr. Kathleen Smith and draws on Bowen theory.  This theory of human behaviour sees anxiety as rooted in social relationships, so work on relationships must be done to improve anxiety. The book is divided into four sections: the anxious self, anxious relationships, anxious career, and… Continue reading Book Review: Everything Isn’t Terrible

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Enmeshment (Insights into Psychology)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is enmeshment. Enmeshment was first described by family therapist Salavador Minuchin.  It occurs when there is an extreme lack of boundaries, which prevents healthy differentiation into autonomous individuals.  It occurs most often in families, although it can happen… Continue reading What Is… Enmeshment (Insights into Psychology)

book cover: He's a Porn Addict... Now What? by Tony Overbay and Joshua Shea
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: He’s a Porn Addict… Now What?

He's a Porn Addict... Now What?: An Expert and a Former Addict Answer Your Questions by Tony Overbay and Joshua Shea is written to serve as a resource for partners of men with pornography addictions.  It's a unique combination of viewpoints; Tony is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and Josh is a former porn… Continue reading Book Review: He’s a Porn Addict… Now What?