Let’s Talk About Stigma

For thousands of years, people with symptoms of mental illness have endured persecution, up to and including death. Horrifying abuse and mistreatment in asylums and hospitals. Painful and flat-out torture treatments (electroshock therapy and lobotomies were most definitely a thing). When we look at the current climate today we have come such a long way. Psych wards are not places of torture anymore. We have … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Stigma

Confrontation Is Not A Bad Thing

Having a voice is our greatest gift and most powerful weapon. It can be used to build incredible structures of compassion or tear someone down to the core. It’s how we communicate with the world. It is how we form our relationships with people. It’s how we share ideas, thought, and feelings. Often we misuse our voice and forget to use it when the time … Continue reading Confrontation Is Not A Bad Thing

What to Expect in Therapy

When I first started my psychiatric journey, I had a lot of misconceptions surrounding talk therapy. A webpage from Behavioral Tech, A Linehan Institute Training Company, (which I will also link in the Books and Resources tab on this website) defines DBT Therapy as, “Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. It emphasizes individual psychotherapy and group skills … Continue reading What to Expect in Therapy

Self-Talk: The Most Important Coping Skill

When it comes to mental illness, especially anxiety and depression, people will give you all kinds of ideas for coping with it. Believe me, I have heard it all. “Have you tried essential oils?” “Have you tried going vegan?” “are you eating healthy?” “what about yoga?” and the list goes on and on…and on. Don’t get me wrong those are all great. Many of which … Continue reading Self-Talk: The Most Important Coping Skill

Things to Pack for a Stay in the Mental Hospital

Hi and welcome back to Negative space. Today we are going to talk about what to pack and what not to pack if you are going to the psych ward or if you have a loved one who has entered the psych ward and are wondering what you can take to them. I know that this time is incredibly difficult and scary, to say the … Continue reading Things to Pack for a Stay in the Mental Hospital