The mental illness cutlery drawer: how spoons, forks, and knives can help to conceptualize big-t and little-t trauma
Mental Health & Illness

Big-T Trauma, Little-t trauma, and Mental Health Cutlery

I've heard quite a few people talk about not having been traumatized enough for their trauma to really count. I love me a good metaphor, and I think spoon theory and fork theory can be useful in explaining how little-t trauma (i.e repeated smaller stressors) can cause serious damage just like big-T trauma can. Spoons… Continue reading Big-T Trauma, Little-t trauma, and Mental Health Cutlery

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

What Is… Resilience

In this series, I will dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is resilience. In its most basic sense, resilience means rebounding or springing back. The American Psychological Association (APA) describes it as "the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources… Continue reading What Is… Resilience

Self-care - it's not selfish, and shouldn't be optional
Recovery and Well-being

Self-Care: More Than Just Bath Bombs

I got thinking about this after reading a post a while back by Cynni Pixy. Sometime's it's easy to assume self-care is just bath bombs and spa days. As lovely as they may be, they're just a small part of a much bigger picture. Let's start with a couple of definitions for self-care from Google… Continue reading Self-Care: More Than Just Bath Bombs

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

What Is… Autistic Burnout

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is autistic burnout. Autistic burnout is something I'd only heard of quite recently, and I was curious to learn more about it. It's a concept that's discussed a lot among autistic communities, but it hasn't been well researched.… Continue reading What Is… Autistic Burnout

Therapy tools for mental health
Therapy

Therapy Tools for Mental Health

I don't currently do therapy and haven't had a lot of success with it in the past, but I'm very pro-therapy in general. I've picked up a collection of therapy tools from CBT, DBT, and various others that are handy to pull out of the toolbox as needed. This post is a sample of a… Continue reading Therapy Tools for Mental Health

The Stress bucket model: stressors fill up the bucket, coping skills release stress out of the bucket
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… the Stress Bucket Model

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is the stress bucket model. I first heard of the term stress bucket several months ago in a post by Caz at Mental Health 360º, but it's been around for a while. It looks like it's best known in… Continue reading What Is… the Stress Bucket Model

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

What Is… Learned Helplessness

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is learned helplessness. Learned helplessness was first described by Martin Seligman, who is also the founder of positive psychology. It began with observations made during animal studies, and eventually became his theory of depression. While doing classical conditioning… Continue reading What Is… Learned Helplessness

diagram of the window of tolerance, with hyperarousal and hypoarousal on either side
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… the Window of Tolerance

NICABM In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is the window of tolerance. Winterdragonflies recently did a post on this topic that got me interested in doing more reading on the topic. The window of tolerance was first described by psychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel in… Continue reading What Is… the Window of Tolerance

The effects of bullying on mental health; stop sign graphic with "stop bullying' and handprint
Mental Health & Illness

The Terrible Effects of Bullying on Mental Health

Today is Pink Shirt Day in Canada, a day to stand up against bullying. It began when students in a Canadian high school wore pink in support of a male student who was bullied for wearing pink. Pink Shirt Day makes for a good time to talk about how bullying affects mental health. While bullying… Continue reading The Terrible Effects of Bullying on Mental Health

Mental illness life: comparing spoon theory and fork theory
Mental Health & Illness

Fork Theory: How the Anti-Spoons Affect Mental Illness

I first heard about fork theory from a post on the blog Bipolar Me. Well, that's not exactly true; I had noticed that some people had made their way to my post on spoon theory by searching for fork theory. Being a bit of a doofus, I had assumed that people were just getting their… Continue reading Fork Theory: How the Anti-Spoons Affect Mental Illness