Is a delusion really a delusion? Is a hallucination just that, a hallucination?
Natasha posted this a couple weeks back. I thought it was very well written with lots of helpful tips! As she says, no matter what your experiences are with mental health, sleep is crucial, and quality sleep is essential. Many of my friends benefit from the sunrise simulator alarm clock (I have yet to invest … Continue reading Gadgets and Guidance for Sound Sleep — Redefining Bipolar
On May 2nd, 2017, I was finally discharged from extended leave after being on it for a year and a half. To outsiders, it may not seem like a big deal, but it made a world of difference for me. Being certified on extended leave took away the feeling of control for me. It felt … Continue reading Becoming a Voluntary Patient
*Trigger Warning for self-harm and psychosis experiences* Having struggled with self-harm since I was 13, I have done a lot of thinking about the topic. Why do we self-harm? What are the benefits? And what are the disadvantages? These are all great questions, but what I want to draw our attention to is actually a … Continue reading Self Harm & Psychosis: Personal Experiences
In light of the recent Supreme Court Charter challenge to involuntary psychiatric treatment under British Columbia’s Mental Health Act, I was prompted to reflect on my own situation as an involuntary patient living in the community. This challenge has sparked a lot of debate, with one side strongly supporting the challenge, while the other states the challenge is “misguided.” In … Continue reading A Personal View of Life on Extended Leave
“Hey, when are you free? I’d like to check-in with you.” That’s the message I got from a colleague of mine, with whom I volunteer. We normally don’t text each other at all, so I felt a little uncertain as to what it was about. Incidentally, I was in hospital for intrusive audible thoughts and … Continue reading Can you do your job safely?
Perspective is the way you look at something. What stance you hold, what angle you take. Perception is how we interpret something. We have certain heuristics in perceiving the world around us, we make judgments from observations based on our own prior experiences, and most of the time, it helps us navigate and understand our … Continue reading Perspective on Perception
Daylight savings was a few weeks back, and with that came the blooming of cherry blossoms, later sunsets and the subsequent increase of time spent outdoors. It's been almost exactly a year since our last post, and with us springing forward, we thought we would start making more regular blog posts again. So what have we … Continue reading Spring Forward
Time has a way of sneaking up on us, and in the blink of an eye (okay, maybe several blinks) we have approached the end of the school year. The following is a scientific reflection I wrote for my brain and behaviour course, PSYC 304. It is with bittersweet emotions that I part with PSYC … Continue reading And so it continues…
In early March, we met with UBC Counselling Services and presented SHARE to their team. I initially introduced SHARE to a previous counsellor when I reconnected with her to learn more about the field of social work and her experience in the profession. To my delight, she was more than happy to meet with me … Continue reading Connecting with our community