Stress

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 …

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Mental illness life: comparing spoon theory and fork theory

Fork Theory: How the Anti-Spoons Affect Mental Illness

In my 15 years working as a mental health nurse, I had never come across the concept of spoon theory; I only learned about it once I started blogging. More recently, I came across fork theory, which we’ll look at in this post. I’ve gotta say, I’m loving the cutlery metaphors to represent mental illness …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

Book Review: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, 2nd edition, is written by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein. MBSR was originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn; I’ve previously reviewed his book Wherever You Go There You Are. The authors offer this description of mindfulness: Mindfulness is about being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, without …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Occupational Burnout

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is burnout. Definition Burnout was first described in the 1970s by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger. It’s now included in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an occupational phenomenon that can influence health, although it’s not …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… a Diathesis-Stress Model of Mental Illness

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is diathesis-stress model. This week’s term may sound a bit obscure, but bear with me, because it’s actually quite relevant. A diathesis-stress model, also known as stress-vulnerability model, is used to explain the course of a mental disorder …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Vulnerability

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is vulnerability. The word vulnerable is derived from the Latin word vulnerare, which means to be wounded. There are different ways in which we may be vulnerable, including socially and cognitively. In a diathesis-stress model, vulnerability refers to biological and …

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