Dissociative Identity Disorder: Villain or Victim?

It is very easy to use mental health concerns as intriguing plot twists or character faults in today’s film, television, and literature the same way it is very easy to kick someone who is already down. Physical illness is also used to bend a plot arch and blindside viewers, however it isn’t quite the same….

7 Medication Myths

There are so many myths and distortions surrounding psychiatric medication. Let’s tear them apart, shall we? Myth: Psychiatric medications will turn me into a zombie.  Some medications can make you feel fatigued, decrease your appetite, or even lower libido. This doesn’t make you a zombie, these are just regular side effects of a lot of medications. However, everyone is different,…

Personal Post: My Gender Journey

Hey reader, glad you came back! It’s still Robin behind this keyboard and I’m gonna get personal. Story Time, Reader! This is the thrilling tale of how I came to understand my gender. I never felt as a kid that I fit into the box that was assigned to me. I knew I liked to…

Self Care: More Than Just Cucumber Slices On Your Eyes

When we think of someone practicing self care, we often get an image of someone with a charcoal face mask on, relaxing in a bathtub, drinking herbal tea, and reading a book about “not sweating the small stuff”. Which is all great, don’t get me wrong, reader. I’d love to be soaking in a lush…

Trigger, Triggered, Triggering: How to Use Them

We are hearing more and more of the three T’s coming up in our conversations about mental health, trauma, and stress, but what do they really mean? First, let’s break it down starting with the root word. Trigger: Noun a small device that releases a spring or catch and so sets off a mechanism Trigger:…

Talking About Suicide

Let’s not be delicate; suicide is a really, really hard topic. It affects so many people, whether they’ve lost a loved on to suicide or survived it. It is a particularly difficult topic due to the lack of education on the subject, the surrounding stigma, and most importantly: the language we use. Now, lots of…

DBT: What the Heck Is It?

What does DBT Stand For? D- dialectical B– behaviourT– therapy What does dialectical mean? Dialectical, in my understanding, is the idea and mindset that more than one opposing thought, feeling, or fact can be true at the same time. For example, I might say spelling isn’t my strong suit and I write well. Did you notice…

Stigma: What’s The Hype?

Stigma is a word we hear a lot of in today’s conversations and discourse.  But, what is it? stig~ma Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines stigma as being “A mark of shame or discredit” With that in mind, stigma could mean a preconceived notion (negative in nature), or stereotype surrounding a particular situation or set of traits. At…

Working Together To Build Togetherness

Smashing stigma around mental illness by sharing our stories and standing up for each other. We hate the rain when it fills up our shoes, But how we love when it washes our cars How We Love- Ingrid Michaelson