Anxiety

A Quarter-Life Crisis Sent Me to Therapy

Katie Boland | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

I sat in a therapist's office two weeks ago. "I think I'm having a nervous breakdown," I told her. Summer ended. My relationship fell apart. Then, it just disappeared. Then, I wondered if I'd made it all up. I felt like my friends didn't like me anymore. There's been a lot said about the quarter-life crisis. Is that why a lot of my friends and I needed help?

Trigger Warnings For Those About to Enter Kindergarten

Lori Gard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Warning: the contents of this article might be offensive to some. In that, it might make you conjure up images of snot, mucous, throw-up, broken arms ...

How to Quiet Your Busy Mind

Dr. Sara T | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Dr. Sara T

Who wants to be kept awake mulling over events from the day or to-dos for the following day? I will confidently answer no one. We have both tools and resources at our fingertips to slow down our minds, but it takes practice, patience and persistence. What is behind a racing mind and what can be done to slow it down?

Not Everyone With Mental Illness Needs Medication

Arthur Gallant | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Don't get me wrong; medication is a great treatment option for people with mental illness but it is only one component of treatment. I have taken medication in the past and likely will again in the future. At this point in time, my medical team and I agree it should not be apart of my treatment plan.

Why Mental Illness Is As Serious As This Life-Threatening Disease

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

If a person is suffering from something that you don't understand, it doesn't mean that their suffering is invalid. A person can't judge the anxieties of another person based on the scope of their own experience. Each human being is an individual, so take the time to inform yourself.

How To Win At Everything (Without Trying)

Andrew Tai | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Tai

Rules are there to tell you what you can or cannot do in a game, and they are not negotiable. You either learn them or you fail. Best practices on the other hand are tools you can use, which are learned through watching the way a game is played by others. For instance, if you want to win in poker, you need to understand how to bluff and manipulate your opponents.

Mindfulness Can Give You a Real Buzz

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Mindfulness is the buzz word of the day. You hear mindful eating, mindfulness based stress reduction, mindfulness in meditation, mindful walking and more. Why is this mindfulness such a buzz? Over time, you start to realize you can actually choose your thoughts and thereby choose emotions.

How Mental Health Organizations Lose Credibility

Arthur Gallant | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

As many people know I am a stigma fighter and I tend to almost over-analyze as to why stigma exists and how it can be eliminated. It is true, I believ...

Dan Lytwyn

WATCH: These Body Hacks Will Make Your Life Better

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Lytwyn | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Living

Let's face it: life can be annoying. Even the simplest pleasures can be painful. Want to take a quick power nap? Get ready to be groggy. Love ea...

Doctor, Please Don't Judge Me Because I Live With Anxiety

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Just because I have a mental illness doesn't mean that I don't know when I'm sick. The experience of both the doctor and me would be more fulfilling if I wasn't judged before being examined simply because of the fact that I live with anxiety and depression.

What to Ask Your Doctor Before Going on Antidepressants

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I have had many conversations with clients over the years where they tell me they've been feeling nauseous, panicky and depressed. The symptoms my clients describe are directly due to a reduction in, or complete termination of, their antidepressant medication. I hope the following advice is useful to patients.

Inside My Depression

Arthur Gallant | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Imagine how you felt on the absolute worst day of your life when something really bad happened to you or somebody you love. Now take away that horrible event but keep those intense emotions in place; that's depression.

How to Cure Anxiety (Heart Rate Variability)

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Dr Mike Hart

Anxiety is one of the most frequently diagnosed illnesses in North America in the 21st century. Anxiety does not discriminate and affects people of al...

Three Simple Ways to Leave Workday Stress Behind You

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

So many of us associate work with drudgery and stress. It does not have to be this way. Our work is our outlet for connection with other people and hopefully it is something that you enjoy doing. We all want to be productive and efficient in our workplaces, but sometimes lack of self care can actually cause ourselves more problems.

The Top Five Parenting Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There are parenting methods that are known to be detrimental if not downright damaging to a child. Try doing these and you'll more or less guarantee that your child will grow up to be a person who, let's say, won't be the most well-liked or respected in their social circle.

Why Mental Illness Goes Much Further Than Research Tells Us

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Imagine if the true prevalence of cancer in Canada was somewhere around 50 per cent, but the government of Canada estimated the prevalence to be approximately 20 per cent because they included in their estimate only a portion of all possible cancers. The medical community would be in an uproar because there are important implications drawn from such data.

Fight Cravings Caused by Stress and Anxiety

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Since food cravings in response to stress will inevitable occur, whether you fight them or not, it seems more helpful to keep food items around that are healthy and non-fattening, like fruits and vegetables, and to stay away from the chips and candy you may prefer at the moment but will cause you regrets later on.

The #1 Secret to Making Things Happen for You

Tanya Raheel | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada
Tanya Raheel

Toronto has gone Hollywood as it does each September, gripped by movie and movie star madness as the Toronto International Film Festival enters its se...

5 Mental Health Tips for Students

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

University is stressful and students can develop mental health disorders at this time. In fact, the majority of these disorders tend to develop around this age group. Getting help early on for mental health problems is always a good idea. For example, it is ideal to prevent problematic shyness from becoming Social Anxiety Disorder and normal sadness from becoming clinical depression.

So Your Home Is in Foreclosure - What Now?

Joaquin Benitez | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Living
Joaquin Benitez

If you find yourself in a foreclosure situation, emotions will overtake you, so it's critical that you deal with them in order to keep a clear head and survive the trauma. You are well able to defend your home from foreclosure, but first you must take control of your emotions. And you will survive!

From Brain Power to Belly Fat: Six Lesser-Known Benefits of Green Tea

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

Green tea can combat the lazy days of summer -- and the consequential love handles -- according to a study. If you haven't jumped on the green tea bandwagon, here are a few great reasons why you should start drinking it daily.

In the Age of Anxiety, Some Ways to Calm Your Mind

Natasha Koifman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

According to data from the World Mental Health Survey, anxiety has emerged as the most prevalent mental health problem across the globe. But, where is all this anxiety is coming from? I have some ideas (and some suggestions to help).

Probiotics May Help Solve Your Memory Problems

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg We've all been there. A question arises and you know the answer and yet, even though it might be on the tip of your tongue, you just can't seem to grasp it. Unveiling how memories are formed, retained and recollected has been one of research's greatest challenges. Germs however, may have already solved the riddle.

How Celebrity Hurts the Mental Health Cause

Sarah Robertson | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Robertson

Earlier this year Bell Let's Talk Day raised an incredible 4.8 million dollars for mental health initiatives across Canada. This is a great campaign, and I love how people in the spotlight come forward to discuss their personal mental health journeys with the public. I think it's great celebrities and stars talk about mental health issues they struggle with, but I don't think it's great how much attention is given to just the celebrity and not the mental illness itself. So why do we not treat these people, or ourselves, like heroes? We are the ones who have to deal with the mental health system, the waiting time, the unknowns, the ups and downs.

Everyone With Cancer Suffers From Scanxiety

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 09.12.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

There is something cancer patients refer to as scanxiety, which, I'm sure you can guess, is having anxiety about upcoming scans and results. Over the past several weeks, I have been suffering from a major case of scanxiety. Thursday, at long last, the day arrived and I had my dreaded CT scan.