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Category Archive: Mental Health

May 13 2014

Help-Seeking and Status

Image credit: Rhoda Baer, National Cancer Institute

[Related to How to Be a Good Depressive Citizen, this tumblr post and also this one] I want to talk about something that plays out in the communities I love. But first, I want to talk about schizophrenia.* —- There’s this feature of the onset schizophrenia that makes it extraordinarily hard to treat. We call …

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May 12 2014

The [....]‘s Guide to Getting a Therapist Masterpost

I ran a series last week about the finnicky steps of getting a therapist. This is the masterpost, with links to every part of the series. It will end up as a new tab on the top of every G&H page as well. The [....]‘s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Getting Started The [....]‘s Guide …

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May 11 2014

The [......]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Miscellaneous

<< Previous Post: Your First Session Part IV: In which forgotten things are unforgotten. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part guide, which is essentially the sum total …

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May 10 2014

The [......]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Your First Session

<< Previous Post: Reaching Out Part III: In which couches are sat upon, forms are filled out, and intake is had. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part …

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May 09 2014

The [......]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Reaching Out

<< Previous Post: Getting Started Part II: In which emails are sent, scripts are given, and therapists are contacted. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part guide, which …

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May 08 2014

The [....]’s Guide to Getting a Therapist: Getting Started

Fun fact: searching around for creative commons licensed couches results in lots of couches on fire. Is this a Thing?

Part One: In which potential therapists are found, modalities are defined, adjectives are adverb-ed, nouns are verbed, and info is dumped. I am not a therapist! However, lots of people ask me a lot of the time about getting therapy, and are often willing to keep me updated on what worked and what didn’t. This four-part …

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Mar 28 2014

Boring, Small Things, That Made My Mental Illness Less Bad

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Buying cheap or free apps for my smartphone.  It took some work, and plenty of the apps were used for a few days or a week and then discarded as unhelpful or useless, but at a grand total of 99c spent across six or seven apps to find two gems (Self-Help Anxiety Management and Recovery …

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Feb 11 2014

[#FtBCon] Mental Illness & Society

I live in a large house with eleven people and occasionally questionable wifi. So, on the morning of Sunday’s FtBCon, I walked to campus to find a quiet room to do my panel. Option 1: temporarily under reorganization, which seemed to involve moving desks around and dropping them for maximum noise. Option 2: Mysteriously full. …

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Jan 29 2014

FtBConscience 2: Mental Illness in Society

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It’s that time of year where you don’t know what I’m referencing, but if I keep sounding more excited, suspense will build! …Which is to say, FtBConscience, our online conference extraordinaire, will be happening this weekend. I’ve been a little behind on announcing anything at all, in part because, see that date range up there? …

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Dec 20 2013

Some ‘Exercise for Mental Health!’ Headscratching

[CN: Brief mention of eating disorders, exercise for weight loss] “Even a little bit of exercise can improve mental functioning!”  The little display-quotes at the top of Psychology Today’s page always make me a touch antsy. The thing about writing popular psychology is that you want to to actually be popular, and “well, we tested …

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