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Blog Hunt: Mental Illness Blogs

Monday, January 21st, 2008

I felt it was time to fix up my blogroll a little more. Here are some blogs I added today.

For Better, For Worse, In Sickness, In Health
is the blog of the wife of a man with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. I was very moved by her post about her lil’man, their three-year old son. Having a son that age, I can sympathize. Fortunately, in our case, his older brother’s illness has not affected my three-year old as profoundly.

Quodrophenia
 is the blog of a 25-year old schizophrenic. In the post Masterful Domains I was reminded that the fear of psychosis is absolutely real to the person experiencing it.

A Broken Mind
is an informational blog about schizophrenia with one of the prettier WordPress themes I think I have seen. It is an article style blog with useful, factual information. I would be curious to know a little more about the blogger’s life and what motivated them to start this blog. We all must give what we can when we can.

The Bipolar Diaries
is Danielle’s blog and she also happens to be a great amateur photographer.

A Long Walk to Forever
is Catherine’s blog. I am not sure whether she has bipolar or depression or something else, but she is recently dropping one of her medications, Geodon. I love the little poetic quips at the end of some of the posts.

Robert Wilkens Home Page
There is very little to be seen in Rob’s blog about mental health right now. I very much appreciate that reminder that people are not their diagnosis, and many people are able to get on with their lives in a very functional way. I thank Rob again for the insights he gave me into schizoaffective disorder in his comment he made here on my blog.

So there you have it. I am open to any suggestions of other blogs to add to my blogroll. Your comments are welcome below.

A New Mental Health Resource Centre

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

young man with head in hands
Justin Wilson, of the “Me and My Beast” blog, has begun a website for mental health at his old web address at meandmybeast.com.

His blog is now located at blog.meandmybeast.com.

His new website has a forum, chat, and a mental health news page that I found particularly interesting. The news page has a great deal of links to recent research about mental health and will make good food for thought if I ever run out of things to blog about. 😉

I posted a question in the forum about my son’s apparent lack of awareness about his illness. I would be pleased to see some answers to my question there.

My Review of Dr. Martin Russell’s Self-Help Meeting

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

This is something for everyone. A diagnosis is not a prerequisite for Dr. Russell’s Self-Help Meeting at http://www.selfhelpmeeting.com/. He is a medical doctor who has counseled people through a variety of problems such as depression, anxiety, eating problems, sleeping problems, etc.

He calls himself “a doctor of last resort,” and after going through his Self-Help Meeting, I can see why. Dr. Russell will not give you all the pat answers for your problem if you pick up the standard doctors’ office pamphlet for “Problem XYZ.” His approach is best if you have already tried all the pat answers, done all your homework and research, and still need help.

That was my particular case. I was trying to make a decision about a new direction I wanted to take in my life. I had three pages full of notes with analysis, pros and cons, looking at my strengths and weakness, what has worked and what hasn’t worked… trying to make sense of it all and come to a decision about a course of action.

The really cool thing about the Self-Help Meeting is that you listen to it and watch it on your computer screen. I was poised ready with my notes, and more paper and pencil in hand. I took another six pages worth of notes while listening to Dr. Russell talk.

At the end of the presentation, I began to feel a plan of action taking shape in my mind. It was late at night so I went to sleep while musing about the things I had just heard. When I woke up the next morning, I knew what I wanted to do.

In addition to recommending Dr. Russell’s Self-Help Meeting, I also recommend his blog. I have been reading it for a month, and I am constantly amused and intrigued by his way of looking at things. He has recently written a couple of posts about depression: Self-Help Options for Depression, and Self Help Exercise for Depression . I promise you will be surprised by his take on Quick Fixes.

By the way, Dr. Russell, if you are reading this, I like that you put a face to your name and words recently on your blog.

Blog Discovery: Robert Wilkins

Friday, December 28th, 2007

I am so tempted to steal this headline: Help solve the problem of mental illness… Get us away from the people that make us crazy!

I wanted to leave a comment for Robert on his site, but it resulted in a slew of errors related to SQL or something like that. I hope he gets this trackback, and I just wanted to tell him: “Thanks for the heads up on the legislation about housing for the mentally ill. I may be a bit late, however it is an issue I will have an interest in for some time to come. I have been talking on my blog about the challenges for my son since he became schizoaffective this year. I just love your headline, good one, lol.”

{Update April 28, 2008: Rob has begun a new blog at RobWilkens.name.}

Dicken’s Therapy on a Self-Help Blog

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007
chain It is a ponderous chain.  photo by Wappy Al

I like this self-help blog by Dr. Martin W. Russell. It is not specifically a mental illness blog, but in a sense it could be considered a mental health blog because of the benefit you could gain from some of his insights. The post on Dicken’s Therapy has caught my interest. The essence of it is that you imagine what people would say about you at your funeral if you died tomorrow. I made a comment that Dr. Russell responded to. Among other things he said,

Other people might call you “hero”, but you’ve now taken on that name big-time. That’s a very interesting choice.

 I have signed up for his blog announcement list, so I can be a regular reader.

Blog Discovery: Paragraphein

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

I just found this blog, and this post about the stigmatizing of the mentally ill. It is very well thought-out. I thought at some point I might have to write a post about how difficult it has been for me to find try mental illness blogs. On Technorati, I keep on coming across references to mental illness that have nothing to do with disease, but the blurbs are about the authors falsely assuming mental illness as the cause for the latest evil act in the world. 

The blogger has had a fascinating and difficult life experience for one so young. She is bipolar and also an adoptive birth mother… the main topic of the blog. It makes a very interesting read.