Non-acceptance, suffering, and mental illness - outline of a person meditating in lotus position
MH@H Mental Health

Non-Acceptance, Suffering, and Mental Illness

Winter Dragonflies wrote quite a while back about creating your peace. It made me think about the relationship between non-acceptance and suffering in the context of mental illness, and I started this draft that I've finally gotten around to writing. Mental illness isn't fun, that much is clear. How we relate to illness, wellness, and… Continue reading Non-Acceptance, Suffering, and Mental Illness

This one flew over the cuckoo's nest: electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in real life
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This One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: ECT in Real Life

Ask anyone of a certain age what comes to mind first when they hear the term electroconvulsive therapy (aka ECT, aka electroshock therapy, aka shock therapy), and chances are they will mention the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Jack Nicholson. The reality is very different.

Treatment-resistant depression and what my meds do still help with - image of pill bottle and person crying
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Treatment-Resistant Depression: What My Meds Do Help With

Pretty much the same cocktail of meds I'm on now used to work well, and got me into full remission (i.e. no symptoms at all between episodes). I'm not sure what got me thinking about this recently, but while my depression has become increasingly treatment-resistant overall, my medications are still doing a pretty good job… Continue reading Treatment-Resistant Depression: What My Meds Do Help With

Pandemic life as a pre-existing hermit - graphic of a cave, fire, and hermit crab
MH@H Mental Health

Coping with Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

and hermit crab Being a hermit is supposed to be a bad thing, but it's made it a whole lot easier to adjust to COVID-19 and the social distancing restrictions. Over the last year, I've really struggled with psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement) with my depression, and that made it hard to get out and… Continue reading Coping with Pandemic Life as a Pre-Existing Hermit

Potential pieces of the depression puzzle, from Managing the Depression Puzzle: Second Edition by Ashley L. Peterson
MH@H Mental Health

Managing Mental Illness Requires More Than One Tool

It would be nice if treating mental illness was as simple as popping a pill and carrying on with life.  But of course life (and mental illness) doesn't work that way.  Managing a chronic mental illness means drawing on multiple different tools and trying to build up the toolbox as much as possible. My evolving… Continue reading Managing Mental Illness Requires More Than One Tool

options for treatment-resistant depression
MH@H Depression

Treatment-Resistant Depression: When What’s Supposed to Work Doesn’t

Wouldn't it be nice if the treatment of depression was simple?  Unfortunately, there's nothing simple about depression treatment in the real world.  Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) refers to illness that hasn't respond to trials of adequate duration and dosage of at least two antidepressants.  It may be that treatment didn't work in the first place, or… Continue reading Treatment-Resistant Depression: When What’s Supposed to Work Doesn’t

Ketamine for depression: how it works, side effects, and how it's used
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Ketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression

I love Canada, but sometimes we're a little behind.  Drug approval by Health Canada is slower than in the US, and fewer clinical trials are done here.  I'd be really interested in trying out ketamine, but it doesn't have Health Canada approval for use in depression, there are no clinical trials in my neck of… Continue reading Ketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Botox for depression
MH@H Depression

Getting Botox for Depression

I'm not a cosmetic procedures kind of gal, and Botox was never on my wish list.  Power to others if that's what works for them, but given that I can't even be bothered putting on makeup most of the time, all things physical appearance-related don't rank very high on my priority list. The research on… Continue reading Getting Botox for Depression