Just a psych patient? Mental illness stigma in the ER
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Just a Psych Patient? Stigma in the ER

I saw this CBC News story recently about a man who was written off because he was just a psych patient. I wanted to write about it, then promptly forgot about it until suninthespring brought it to my attention. In April 2018, David Pontone went to the emergency department at Humber River Hospital in Toronto,… Continue reading Just a Psych Patient? Stigma in the ER

MH@H book review: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Dr. Gabor Maté offers powerful insights into the vulnerable, human side of addiction. It draws on his encounters with patients while working as a staff physician at the Portland Hotel, an ultra-low barrier supported housing building in Vancouver's downtown eastside, Canada's poorest postal code. Ultra-low barrier housing like… Continue reading Book Review: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

On-screen representation of marginalized groups; graphic of a film projector in rainbow colours
Social Issues

Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

Ceponatia of Dogmatic Panic wrote a while back about social media claims that a film was whitewashing. It reminded me of a conversation about on-screen representation of marginalized groups that I'd had with someone not long before that, and I thought I'd write about i. Representation issues Let's begin with the conversation from a while… Continue reading Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
MH@H Community Features

Emerging Blogger Series: Burnie (Quash Stigma Not Fat)

This post is by Burnie of Quash Stigma, Not Fat. Why you should keep going 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”… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Burnie (Quash Stigma Not Fat)

Mental illness stigma is bad... except for narcissistic personality disorder? - graphic of Narcissus
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Stigma Is Bad… Except for Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Mental illness stigma is a very real problem. Those of us living with mental illness usually aren't thrilled when people casually toss around mental illness diagnoses as adjectives, such as "she's so bipolar" or "he's so OCD" or "everyone's a little ADHD." Yet, when it comes to narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), all of a sudden… Continue reading Stigma Is Bad… Except for Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Willful ignorance and mental illness stigma - sign that says I'm with stupid
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Willful Ignorance and Mental Illness Stigma

Recently, I was looking on Debate.org for some Holocaust denier-related willful ignorance, and I figured why not see what the crazies of the non-psychiatric variety had to say about us crazies of the mentally ill variety. Debate.org seems to attract a lot of willfully ignorant blowhards, so this certainly isn't reflective of broader public opinion.… Continue reading Willful Ignorance and Mental Illness Stigma

The Wounded Healers: image of hearts passing between outstretched hands
MH@H Community Features

Wounded Healer Interview: Marja Bergen

The wounded healer interview series features people who've dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Marja Bergen. Image © Marja Bergen 1) Tell us a bit about you and the mental health challenges you’ve faced. I’m 74… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interview: Marja Bergen

Mental illness stigma and the problem with language policing
Stop the Stigma

The Problem with Language Policing

Patrick Corrigan has been my research crush for a number of years now. And what is a research crush, you might ask? I like how his mind works. He's a psychologist and stigma researcher, with lived experience to boot. He's one of the most prolific publishers in academic journals that I've ever come across. His… Continue reading The Problem with Language Policing

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

What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is the euphemism treadmill. Psychologist and linguist Stephen Pinker coined the term euphemism treadmill in a 1994 article in the New York Times. It refers to a process by which words that are used as a euphemism for a… Continue reading What Is… the Euphemism Treadmill

chain wrapped around ankles of person standing in sand
Stop the Stigma

Mentally Ill People In Chains – A Disturbing Reality

The man in the photo below has a chain around his ankle, and he's chained to the tree he's leaning against. That's his wife, and he has a mental illness. This photo, taken by photographer Robin Hammond, is in Ghana, but this doesn't just happen there. I'm feeling rather grateful about living in Canada right… Continue reading Mentally Ill People In Chains – A Disturbing Reality