rainbow model of mental illness symptoms and functioning
MH@H Mental Health

Refining the Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning

I originally introduced the rainbow model of mental illness functioning last year to capture some of my thoughts on the relationship between symptoms and functioning in mental illness. This is something that exists in my head rather than being an actual thing, and it's not a model in the scientific sense, but it shows some… Continue reading Refining the Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning

The many faces of depression - watercolour images of eyes
MH@H Depression

The Many Faces of Depression

Depression – it's one word to describe so many different things. The many faces of depression means that no one person's experience can ever capture what depression is. It's a simple word for a complex illness, so let's chat a bit about what that complexity can look like. Major depressive episode symptoms The list of… Continue reading The Many Faces of Depression

Depression gets physical: Speech impairment in psychomotor retardation
MH@H Depression

Speech Impairment and Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

Psychomotor retardation (PMR) is a set of symptoms involving the slowing of movement and thoughts. One aspect of motor activity that's affected is speech, which is what this post will focus on. This interests me because PMR is the most treatment-resistant aspect of my depression, and speech impairment has had a significant impact on my… Continue reading Speech Impairment and Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

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

Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

This post is by Kellie of Kellie's Journey. My Journey Hello my name is Kellie and I am 38 years old and have suffered with depression and anxiety for nearly 20 years but only got diagnosed 2 and a half years ago. I have seen counsellors and have tried meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journals, and anything… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

An anhedonia aha moment: Connecting the dots on depression & motivation
MH@H Depression

An Anhedonia Aha Moment – Motivation & Depression

Recently, I had a bit of an aha moment while commenting on a post by Caz at Mental Health 360º, making a connection related to anhedonia that had never crossed my mind before. She was talking about the idea that motivation follows activation. Earlier in the course of my illness, I figured it was worth… Continue reading An Anhedonia Aha Moment – Motivation & Depression

The biology of psychomotor retardation in depression - graphic of a brain
MH@H Depression

The Biology of Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

While psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement and thoughts) has long been recognized as a symptom of depression, I think it's probably not on the average person's radar when they think about depression. The biology of psychomotor retardation is also poorly understood. What psychomotor retardation is Psychomotor retardation (PMR) is most often associated with the melancholic… Continue reading The Biology of Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

Compensating for depression brain - organization strategies to use
MH@H Depression

Compensating for Depression Brain

In my depression-free days, my brain felt like a finely tuned machine. I could handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively. I've always been organized, but when I was well it was helpful rather than necessary. I performed better when I was organized, but it wasn't a crutch. If non-depressed brain was skiing black diamond runs, depression… Continue reading Compensating for Depression Brain

How depression affects movement: decreased energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis
MH@H Depression

How Depression Affects Movement

Depression is a mental illness that very often has physical effects. There are several potential ways in which depression affects movement, and this post will explore low energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis. These symptoms can occur in both bipolar and unipolar depression. Low Energy Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of depression.… Continue reading How Depression Affects Movement

Depressed without the depressed part? Depression may involve anhedonia rather than depressed mood
MH@H Depression

Depression Without the Depressed Part?

Chances are the first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about depression is depressed mood, right? But while depressed mood is often a major part of depressive illnesses, sometimes it plays a minor role and other times it's not present at all. Major depressive episode symptoms The symptoms of depression are… Continue reading Depression Without the Depressed Part?

What is... psychomotor retardation in depression
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Psychomotor Retardation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is psychomotor retardation. Psychomotor retardation (PMR) is one of the less common but more outwardly observable symptoms of depression. It's one of the DSM-5's symptom criteria in a major depressive episode, which can occur in the context of… Continue reading What Is… Psychomotor Retardation