About Mental Health @ Home And Ashley L. Peterson
Welcome! My name is Ashley L. Peterson, and I blog under the username ashleyleia. Mental health has played a huge role in both my work and personal life for many years. I live in Vancouver, Canada, with my pet guinea pigs, who like to make an appearance on the blog now and again.
Actived: Thursday Jan 1, 1970
Working On Us: Emotional Support Animals - [email protected]
Posted: (52 years ago) Aug 14, 2019 · What kind of pet do you own? I have 5 guinea pigs. Do you believe that support animals truly assist those in need? Absolutely. Do you believe that any animal can be a therapy/support pet? I think any animal that’s interactive can be an emotional support animal. Non-interactive pets would still have an emotional benefit, but not to the same ...
Is the Law of Attraction Real? - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Sep 18, 2018 · I’ve found pet dogs using “substance requests”, both of my last (including my current) spaniels. With Sammy Samson, I was trying to go through a spaniel adoption center, but one night my late spaniel, Echo, came to me in a dream and said to bail and go back to the for-sale sites.
Get to Know My Guinea Pigs Better - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Jul 23, 2020 · Casper. I adopted Casper from a shelter, where she ended up after being found in a parking lot. She was quite the scaredy pig initially; the first time I had a cuddle with her on my bed, she bolted from me and launched herself off of the side of the bed.
Some Cute Ugly Animal Fun - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Mar 26, 2020 · Image by lory12nicoleta40 from Pixabay Hairless cat. Perhaps Paula of Light Motifs II needs to start using this little monster (I believe he’s a sphynx breed) for her Monday Pet Peeve series. This dude is not just giving you the stink eye, he’s turbo-powering it with wrinkles.
What/When Was Your First.... ? - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Oct 15, 2020 · Pet. It was my brother’s pet more than mine, but we had a hamster at one point when I was a kid. The pet store didn’t realize she was pregnant, nor did we until she started popping babies out. They were quite cute little things. My first guinea pigs were Baba and Ghanoush, who I got not all that long before my first hospitalization.
The magic of animals in mental illness - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Oct 27, 2017 · While dogs may be the most recognized support animals, there are many animals (including guinea pigs!) that can engage with humans in meaningful ways. If you are thinking of getting a pet, please consider a shelter animal – they can’t wait to shower you with love! Update (Nov 19/17): I have just added a 5th member to my guinea pig family.
Therapist-Speak Pet Peeves - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Jul 09, 2019 · Therapist-Speak Pet Peeves July 9, 2019 April 10, 2021 ashleyleia When any mental health professional is first getting started in their career, one of the things they need to do is find their therapeutic voice.
How to Spot Pseudoscience - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Nov 25, 2019 · One of my major pet peeves is pseudoscience, which Google defines as “a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method.” There’s a lot of pseudoscience out there in the world that can spread easily and quickly via the internet, and it often astonishes me what people will believe.
Weekend Wrap-Up - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Feb 27, 2021 · Pet food is sold out here everywhere, in major stores like Wal Mart etc…to pet stores. When Chewy didn’t have our food sometimes, I knew there was a crisis with pet food. Lol. I am like so pet food is the new toilet paper during the pandemic huh? AND IT MAKES NO SENSE, we are not going back into lock down if we haven’t by now.
Brain Stimulation Treatments for Depression - [email protected]
Posted: (52 years ago) Mar 08, 2021 · MRI or PET imaging may be done beforehand to determine the correct area for electrode placement. Treatments are done daily over a period of several weeks. Cranial electrotherapy stimulation. So far these have been evidence-based treatments for depression. Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) deviates from that.
Attention – and How the Brain Manages It - [email protected]
Posted: (52 years ago) Jul 26, 2019 · I rarely called him by his name, because we always used pet names with each other. We had been together for 1 1/2 years at that point, so I wasn’t sure if that was long enough for the pet name to have deeply sunk in or if it was my voice he was recognizing even when unconscious, but the nurses were very sure that he knew when I was there.
What Is... a Safety Behaviour? - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) May 24, 2019 · I think we probably all need some sort of external sense of security. For me being a guinea pig mom is really important, because even when I’m feeling lousy I still feel confident in my role as a pet …
Mental Health @ Home Blog Index - Regular [email protected] Themes
Posted: (52 years ago) The weekly blog schedule is: Community features may show up Mon–Thur.; Wednesdays are MH book reviews; Thursdays are often for “about me” type posts; Fridays are posts from the What is…Insights into Psychology series, which looks deeper into the meaning of a variety of psychology-related terms; Saturdays are weekend wrap-ups, a look at what’s going on in my world each week
What Is... Antisocial vs. Asocial - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Jun 28, 2019 · A great read Ashley, and a greater correction also. Whilst l will still use selectively social, asocial is a much nicer way of describing it. Of course antisocial behaviour is very different – where Suze works ASBO’s as they are called and l am pretty sure l saw reference to it above are constantly issued to very troublesome individuals who like nothing more than not just causing ...
Critters of My Travels: India - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Feb 04, 2021 · Wow, sacred cows!! Did you pet them, or was that discouraged by the scary grandmothers who honored the cows? Did they moo? Did anyone ever milk them, or were they just sort of free-roaming? My maternal grandparents had a cow pasture in their backyard! I always took it for granted, but now I wish I could go back and see the cows again!
What Is... Social Isolation and Social Support - [email protected]
Posted: (52 years ago) Mar 27, 2020 · It appears that pet ownership may increase social contact and thereby reduce isolation, although that would likely depend quite a bit on the type of animal. My guinea pigs don’t get out much, although when they do they tend to attract attention. Still, the kind of social/emotional support that they do provide is significant.
Random Things That Amuse Me - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Feb 18, 2021 · I’m glad that cows can stand up from that position. Turtles can flip themselves over from upside down too, contrary to popular belief. I used to have a pet red-eared slider and she would try to climb things that were too high and flip herself upside down. She used her legs to flip back over and kept trying, the stubborn thing haha.
Weekend wrap-up - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Jan 04, 2020 · Ashleyleia, whether a death of a beloved pet is expected or not it is so painful for the person who loved that pet. Cookie was part of your family. You loved Cookie. It is the same a death is a death. Grief is real and normal feeling and of course it makes a huge impact on your life not just for the week, but it will be a while of the missing ...
Is the Five Second Rule Real? - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Jun 20, 2019 · I’m sure I’m not the only pet owner who gets up close and germy with their pets. Guinea pigs are like rabbits, in that they eat a certain type of their own fecal pellets in order to properly digest them and get all the nutrients out. That means, like dogs …
A Few Random Things About Me - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Jul 16, 2020 · The pet store told me they were boys, which I accepted at face value, and I didn’t figure out until after I got them home that they’re actually girls. I did at least check that they looked the same in that vicinity before taking them home. Ghanoush loved to munch on grass and clover.
Weekend Wrap-Up - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Mar 20, 2021 · Here’s what happened in my life over the past week: My friend Meg has released a new naughty novella called Alicia Misbehaves. If you’re in the US, you can win a free copy through her giveaway on Goodreads! The abscess that Peanut potato had a while back somehow got infected again, so I’ve been tending… Continue reading Weekend Wrap-Up
How Can We Fight Mental Illness Stigma Most Effectively?
Posted: (52 years ago) Jan 10, 2019 · Yeah, and they didn’t even have a pet cat… so. While I laughed it off (it was a few weeks before the girl finally opened it and found her unicorn bank), I couldn’t help but figure that they thought I’d given her an oddball cat-food gift due to my being schizophrenic. …
The Should Monster: The Problem with "I Should" - [email protected]
Posted: (52 years ago) May 25, 2020 · Should Monster: “You should be a better blogger, writer, pet parent, etc., etc.” There will always be someone who’s better than you at all of those things, just like there will always be someone who’s worse. There are over 7.5 billion people in the world.
How Stress Affects the Mind and Body - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Aug 13, 2019 · Excellent Post! I was privy to most of the info thanks to 14 years in therapy. Surprise! It was the first time I’d seen the acronym NUTS. It’s good that mental health issues have been and continue to be addressed in recent years.
What Is... Conversion "Therapy" - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Aug 24, 2018 · In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is conversion “therapy”. I’ve forgotten the details, but recently I heard/read something that mentioned conversion therapy, so I decided to look a little closer at this pseudo-therapy that aims to force people’s sexuality to fit with heteronormative expectations.
Sounds My Guinea Pigs Associate with Food - Mental Health ...
Posted: (52 years ago) Nov 19, 2020 · And their high pitched squealing was like a siren calling the alarm for food arriving soon! If they were out of the cage they came running, and I used to call them while pretending they were my pet dogs highly trained in an impressive recall. Ah… good memories! 😍
Weekend Wrap-Up - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Jan 23, 2021 · Here’s what happened in my life over the past week: My essential oil diffuser appears to be possessed. I tried to give it a thorough cleaning a few months ago, which it was not impressed with. Since then, it’s been finicky, and will sometimes randomly turn itself on. The WordPress gremlins appear to have jumped… Continue reading Weekend Wrap-Up
English Can Be a Rather Strange Language - [email protected]
Posted: (52 years ago) Apr 22, 2021 · English is a strange. Recently I was reading a post by Claudette of Writer of Words, and Angie of King Ben’s Grandma had left a comment about how one might use the word combobulated, which presumably exists because you can say someone is discombobulated.. I wondered something similar not long ago about disgruntled/gruntled, and apparently, gruntled is actually a word.
The Regular Blogger's Guide to Blogging - [email protected]
Posted: (52 years ago) What’s a pingback? Pingbacks let other bloggers know you’ve mentioned them. If you include in one of your posts a link to someone else’s posts (note: it has to be the link to the post on their actual website, not the version shown within the WordPress Reader), when you publish the post, they will get a pingback, which appears as a comment on whatever post of theirs you linked to.
Getting My Cry On in Public - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Sep 23, 2019 · Not big on crying and the tears of others make me uncomfortable. I like reach over and pet the person, because no hugging, and them I fear snot getting on me…it’s a upheaval of awkwardness for me but I do believe in the cleansing of crying. Now if I cry because I am enraged, run because shit is about to fly. Not a good look.
"Rules" for Talking About Mental Illness - Mental Health ...
Posted: (52 years ago) Oct 21, 2019 · That little pet peeve aside, my biggest issue is when “normal” people say things that minimize the “suffering” of the “mentally ill”. Allow us to feel like crap, and k eep your judgy-pants to yourself. There are more than enough people on that bandwagon already.
How Hard Do You Push Yourself Against Mental Illness?
Posted: (52 years ago) Feb 08, 2021 · On the other hand, a sinkhole could have opened up in the middle of the road, and you will end up in it, and it’ll be a whole production people having to rescue you and then you’ll get a massive bill in the mail… Or maybe you’ll be killed! Who will look after your pet degu? Or even know what a degu is? P.S., it’s not a gimpy dog.
Will the Pandemic Change Your Approach to Life? - [email protected]
Posted: (52 years ago) Apr 14, 2020 · Rory over at A Guy Called Bloke recently asked readers if they thought that they or their approach to life would change post-pandemic. My answer was a pretty emphatic no, but I thought I’d unpack that a little bit. I guess one piece of this potential for change is with regards to gratitude, and whether the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic will make us more grateful for the things we ...
Managing Mental Illness Requires More Than One Tool - [email protected]
Posted: (52 years ago) Mar 02, 2020 · The things holding me back are perhaps not the right things, like the social anxiety of going to a pet shop and speaking to the assistants and it being obvious that I’ve never had pets, or not knowing what to do when they die (which is a morbid thing to think of) and wanting to find out in advance if I’m OK with stroking/holding them.
What Should Go On A Blog's About Page? - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Jan 17, 2021 · It’s probably not a bad idea to include an image, whether it’s your Gravatar, another photo of you, a pet photo, an illustration, or whatever. It gives the reader something to associate with you. I’m using a different photo from my Gravatar; it’s the one I use for author-y stuff.
Weekend Wrap-Up - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) Dec 26, 2020 · One of the best things I did in 2019 was get a rescue cat. I love my cat so much and he’s very affectionate. Animals are very therapeutic and I would recommend a pet to those who are dealing with depression/anxiety. My husband is typically very allergic to …
What if a Stranger Tells You They're Suicidal? - [email protected]
Posted: (52 years ago) Apr 25, 2019 · One of my pet peeves is the stigma attached to being “codependent” in a relationship sense, like, “Stand on your own two feet and quit relying on people!” No man is an island. Not at all, and we weren’t intended to be isolated. On the other hand, this blogger must be subconsciously creating (and recreating) this experience, since it ...
Weekend wrap-up - Mental Health @ Home
Posted: (52 years ago) May 02, 2020 · Here’s what happened in my life over the past week: There are many things that fascinate me about people’s behaviour on WordPress. One of them is when people repeatedly unfollow and then refollow you. I’m not meaning refollowing you because WordPress has randomly unfollowed you or a doofus like me accidentally clicked unfollow rather than… Continue reading Weekend wrap-up
Blog Growth Should Not Be at Others' Expense - Mental ...
Posted: (52 years ago) Sep 29, 2019 · This morning for example, Rory’s post was the first I read. I’ve honestly been crying on and off thinking about how Suze and him have to put their beloved pet (Scrappy) down. We may only know one another by way of a blog, but it becomes more than that.
Book Review: 52 Small Changes for the Mind - Mental Health ...
Posted: (52 years ago) Dec 18, 2019 · A pet peeve of mine is books that say you just need to choose to be happy and the world will be all rainbow and unicorns. This book was none of those things. This book was none of those things. It was realistic, down to earth, and practical, which pleasantly surprised me.