Guest Posts

Guest Post – Trying to Get Therapy: Asking Questions Beyond “How Long Have You Been Practicing?”

A guest post by Chihaya: If you’re thinking about trying to get therapy, I recommend Gruntled and Hinged’s guide as a starting point. I want to add to this some scripts for asking sensitive questions and ending therapy if it turns out it’s not a good match. The Backstory: I’m …

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The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 9: In Which Our Narrator Blames Everything on a Woman and is Horrified by Mental Illness

Remember how last step Style was explaining the tensions in the house full of internet Don Juans?  Forget all that.  “It took just one woman to bring Project Hollywood down.”  Style then describes Katya, the woman in question, though he immediately reverts to calling her a girl, as in “standard-issue …

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Mental Health

DBT Skills: Radical Acceptance

Hello friends, and welcome to 2015. With the new year comes changes here at TS. This is my final post on DBT, and this one is going to be a challenge for the more skeptically minded among us. I have to admit that I still struggle with this skill, which …

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Blaming the Mentally Ill

There have been many, many blog articles written about the shootings in Connecticut, addressing all sorts of questions. However I’ve been deeply upset by a number of the ideas and thoughts expressed in my facebook feed and to my face about what this tragedy should teach us. “We need to …

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Mental Health

Eating Disorders: Shapes and Sizes

On researching my last post about the eating disorder demographic, I found that the information I gathered was very much centred on Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. These disorders are a big problem, of course, and are very dangerous- however, I found myself wanting to create a post which explained …

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Irrationality and Emotions

So last weekend at Skepticon I have been having an absolutely fabulous time hearing speakers, going to workshops and hanging out with generally awesome people. Over the course of the weekend, I noticed a couple of themes cropping up, and one of them is extremely important to me. Stephanie and …

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Therapy Woo

Last week I started reading a book suggested by my therapist called Eating In the Light of the Moon. She told me that it “might get past your rational side and speak to you from an emotional place”. Well it certainly didn’t speak to me from any rational place, but …

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The Daily Woo: Reiki

The Daily Woo is a brief summary of an alternative health treatment, as well as how it was experienced by me, Kate Donovan. I grew up with mostly alternative medicine, and now you, lovely skeptics, get to live vicariously! (see note at the bottom of this post for an explanation …

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