Category: advocacy

Mental Health Month: OCD and Related conditions

We’re in day two of our Mental Health Month series where we discuss different DSM-5 diagnoses and the research behind them. Today we’re talking about Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, including Body Dsymorphic Disorder. What is Obsession? Let’s distinguish the difference between being obsessed…

Broken and Crippled by Mental Illness

*A featured personal story for this MENTAL HEALTH MONTH series. Some months after my relationship with the boys’ dad ended, I had what can only be described as a ‘break down‘. And that’s exactly what it felt like because, both physically and mentally, I…

Mental Health Month: Anxiety Disorders

Today we start our Mental Health Month series. As a short recap: every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this month we will be covering different DSM-5 diagnoses, recent research, and featuring personal stories from YOU. This week we’re covering Anxiety disorders, OCD and Related Disorders,…

The Line Up for Sharing Your Story this Mental Health Month.

Hello friends! I have some time before work to put out the writing schedule of this months posts, all dedicated to learning more about DSM diagnoses and the research that backs them up (or doesn’t). I’m also asking for people’s experiences so that we…

Share Your Story

In honor of May being Mental Heath Month, I’ve decided to do something consistent, informative, and fun on this blog. During the course of May, starting this week, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I will be doing one or two posts dedicated to a…

Psychoanalysis, The Locked Ward, and Entropy

Some more thoughts to share, friends. Let’s talk psychoanalysis, the locked ward, and entropy. No, we will not spend countless paragraphs discrediting psychodynamics and psychoanalysis. The facts are there: Freud’s systematic hypotheses were circular, full of confirmation bias, and untestable. This makes his ideas…

Friends, Let’s read

Hello friends, it has been some time. Writing has been difficult. I hope everyone is staying healthy, safe, and inside their homes. For those of us with mental health issues, all the panic, the uncertain information and unpredictable future can exacerbate our mind-states. If…

About Mental Illness

I recently learned in a personality psychology course that the effect size in regard to how much words make a difference to people is very small. I’m currently trying to find studies which either argue for or against this, but in the meantime I…

Hearing Voices: Internal versus External

Something people who don’t hear voices misunderstand about hearing voices is that it’s not like sitting next to a party of five in a restaurant where you can generally tune out all the giggles and unrelated conversation and focus on the person in front…

How Important Are Your Psychiatric Medications?

This question is for all of us, including myself, without much judgement. There are those who quit their medication and are fine, those who quit and are not fine, those who want off but are worried about withdrawal (which can trigger an upswing of…

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