This series will cover some of the things you’ll want to know/consider to take your writing to the next level.
Chances are, you’ve got a place where you feel comfortable writing. That may be your blog, your journal, or somewhere else, but it’s something that you’ve established as your safe zone. To grow as a writer, though, you need to start reaching outside that comfort zone and trying new things.
Where to start? That’s where this series comes it. I’ll cover different places where you can su...
Leaving a job due to workplace bullying
Some things hurt to write about, even years later, but often those stories are important ones to tell.
I was the target of workplace bullying, although it took quite some time before I recognized that was what I should call it. While I knew intellectually that workplace bullying existed, it took a great deal of reflection to realize that was the right label to apply to the experiences I’d had.
Up until the time that I experi...
It was the trip I secretly hoped would relegate my depression—my companion—to the backseat. My companion, however, was interested in no such arrangement.
Ah, romantic Venice. You know, snuggling in a cute little gondola, serenaded in Italian by a gondolier and all that crap. By the time I had gotten there, I had already completed two weeks out of my three-week solo backpacking extravaganza(!) to Italy. It was the trip I secretly hoped would relegate my depression—my companion—to the backseat....
My uninformed impression of the law of attraction was that what you put out into the world is what you get back. On the surface this seems like it could be appealing, and support the notion that the world is a fair place.
Then I watched the film The Secret, based on the book of the same name, and learned that the law of attraction is much more specific than the general idea that I had of it. The Secret presents a lot of ideas that sound like science, except they aren't. According to the film,...
People living with mental illness are often left out of the loop when it comes to understanding how exactly medications work. This book will explain pharmacology in a simplified way to help you understand the effects, both positive and negative, of psych meds, and why these effects occur. It's everything you didn't realize you wanted to know about medications!
The book begins with the essentials of pharmacology and moves on to cover all the major classes of psychiatric medications. You'll learn why one medication in a particular class might be a better fit for you than another. Are you having
Depression doesn’t just attack the mood. It also can do a number on cognitive functioning. When my symptoms are bad, my concentration goes out the window, multitasking is a foreign concept, and my memory takes a hit. Sometimes I feel like I can’t think my way out of a paper bag. Since my depression is only partially responsive to treatment, I’ve had to find ways to compensate in order to function (at least somewhat!) as a human.
New graduate students often have no experience in writing for publication. In many cases they have not yet conducted a research project, although they may be planning to undertake a study as part of their graduate program requirements. Even without research findings to write about, graduate students should gain experience in writing for publication early in their academic programs. With a good idea and some guidance in the writing process, students can have their work published.
Stigma involves connecting individuals with a particular label to negative characteristics; this is based not on the stigmatized condition itself, but cultural reactions to it.
This paper offers a first‐person account of experiencing stigma as a nurse with a mental illness, incorporating the existing research literature to offer a broader cultural perspective.
This paper discusses the basis for and potential usefulness of autoethnography as a research method in nursing.
While qualitative research in nursing has traditionally involved the researcher taking an objective stance, autoethnography, with roots in the social sciences, is an emerging method that examines the researcher's own experience in a cultural context.
Substance use disorders are highly prevalent among adults with mental health disorders. In many health service delivery areas, mental health and addictions services are delivered separately. However, current best practices indicate that integration of mental health and addictions services can lead to better outcomes for clients with co-occurring disorders, including fewer hospitalizations. Service integration in the community can occur in many ways, including full or partial program integrati...
Through professional acculturation, nurses establish their identities as nurses. They also develop of an understanding what mental illness and associated phenomena mean. When nurses themselves develop mental illness, they must learn to establish a new identity as a patient and more specifically as a nurse–patient, and come to a new understanding of what mental illness means to them. This autoethnographic paper focuses on the author's own experience of finding an identity as nurse–pat...