#Anxiety

Depression Isn't A Personality Flaw

Ashleigh-Rae Thomas | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Ashleigh-Rae Thomas

When I was going through it, and if I'm being honest, I still am, I felt utterly alone. The symptoms of depression sometimes present themselves as flaws. I kept thinking if I adjusted my attitude or if I weren't such a bad person then I would feel better. Because we think it's something we've done or that it's our fault, we don't seek treatment. Too many of us aren't reaching out for help when we're experiencing these things.

Young People Need Early Access To Mental Health Care

Christopher Canning | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Christopher Canning

For me, figuring out and seeking treatment for my anxiety has been a healing and affirming process. But I often wonder: how would my childhood and teenage years have been different if I had a vocabulary for understanding my anxiety? If my parents, siblings or friends did? If I had early access to therapy or other kinds of treatment -- or even just a way to talk about my anxiety and resulting depression?

I Was One Of The Many Students Facing Depression And Anxiety

David Easey | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
David Easey

The winter semester has just ended, and instead of feeling relaxed and elated, I feel tense, exhausted and utterly tortured. The last few months of university had proven to be extremely challenging for me. I could barely manage to stay afloat. The pressure felt overwhelming, and the cracks in my life were becoming fissures.

Learning To Cope With Just The Right Amount Of Anxiety

Dr. Susan MacKenzie | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Susan MacKenzie

From an evolutionary perspective, anxiety is a helpful and adaptive emotion. For thousands of years, anxiety has motivated humans to act (and survive) in the face of danger. The problem is, though, for some of us, the amount of anxiety we experience in a situation does not fit, or match, the fear -- or threat -- in that situation.

A Positive Mindset Helped Me Lose Over Half My Body Weight

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

I was verbally bullied about my weight throughout school. The weight started increasing exponentially while I was in high school. That is when it started impacting my moods and the way I looked at life... I did not want to be around my friends and I started isolating myself. I became physically sick with stomach problems, mentally sick and looked down upon myself. I hit rock bottom.

Anxiety Disorders: You Are Not Alone And You Can Beat This

Michelle Hermans | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Living
Michelle Hermans

At times, you may feel overwhelmed or alone, and it may seem as though things will never get better. Know that anxiety is a treatable condition and that you can overcome this. This is about your happiness and well-being. By speaking up and asking for help, you can start on your road to recovery.

Case Of The Blues Or Teen Depression? Know The Signs

Alyson Schafer | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Schafer

We all have ups and downs. Some people are very moody and emotionally intense. How does a parent separate the normal swings of a youth's tumultuous life from a real depression that needs treatment?

A Teacher's Care Can Leave A Legacy That Outlasts Lesson Plans

Lori Gard | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

What I have realized time and time again is something so profound, it is actually simple. There is really nothing kids want more than to be liked, to be accepted for who they are. It is the greatest way we can care for children, for youth: we must show them they matter.

I Strive To Make My Classroom A Safe Space For Students

Lizanne Foster | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lizanne Foster

There's no need to list all the ways that many public schools can be inhospitable places for students. Not only is there the physical discomfort of sitting for hours each day but there is also the navigating of a range of emotional gauntlets: the whispered comments in the hallways, the judgements about clothes, the betrayal of "friends" on Facebook.

Not Everyone Who Practices Yoga Is Happy (And That's Okay)

Rachel Scott | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Scott

I'm going to share a secret with you: most of your yoga teachers don't do yoga because they are naturally happy, benevolent, and grounded. They are teachers because they also need the practice.

Know The Difference Between Feeling Anxious And Anxiety Disorder

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

We all feel worried or anxious at times; that's what makes us human. Anxiety can be a healthy internal warning system for us to pay attention to something important. It's our body's way of signalling to us that something matters and needs to be done.

3 Reasons Why We're More Anxious Than Ever Before

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Chakameh Shafii

I'm not a parent but I wanted to understand the jump in anxiety levels from 10 -20 years ago and how they correlate with social media. So I interviewed Dana Kendal, a therapist (MSW,RSW) with 18 years of experience working with youth and families.

To Teens In The Darkness: Tomorrow Needs You, We All Need You

Glen Canning | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Glen Canning

For me, when I was seventeen, I stood in our garage and looked around to see which beam would hold my weight. I don't know what stopped me. I've thought of suicide since Rehtaeh's death. Being in love has seen me through. If you're a young person dealing with thoughts of suicide, please know -- tomorrow is worth sticking around for. Tomorrow will be better and this will pass. Tomorrow needs you. Find something to hold on to. A pet. A garden. Wanting to see a movie. Find something to hold onto and know life is worth sticking around for. This will pass. You'll be OK. In your darkest moment, say to yourself, "Not today. Tomorrow needs me. I need to see what it brings." Tomorrow needs you. We all need you.

How I Discovered My Strength In The Throes Of Mental Illness

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

The thing is, I have always been sad and worried. It's stuck on me like gray toned glitter -- it clouds everything I do and no matter what I do it's never fully gone. When I realized I was different from other kids, I didn't know what to do. I was always sad and worried. Worried that people would notice me for being different and make fun of me. Sad because even when I tried to fit it -- I always felt like I couldn't do it right.

Are Your Alternative Cures Helpful Or Hooey?

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

It pains me to hear the nonsense my patients are subjected to by sometimes well-meaning, yet utterly uninformed, self-taught mental health experts. Their lack of scientific training is merely a preamble ("I'm no doctor but..."). They speak with enthusiasm and authority as they peddle supplements, homeopathic tinctures, detox enemas and antioxidant smoothies, with the goal of liberating my patients from their evidence-based treatments and dollars from their wallets.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Helped Me Slay My Personal Demons

Sarah van den Berg | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah van den Berg

There's been an incredible shift in the way I see myself. Having recently committed to pursuing training as a life coach, I've become obsessed with the nuances of the human condition and the monsters we have the potential to become in our attacks on others, but perhaps even more frightening and universal, in the attacks on ourselves.

5 Tips For A Happier State Of Mind

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada
Sandy Kiaizadeh

I've made no secret of the fact that I am someone who has a history with depression and eating disorders; in fact I've written about this here and her...

How To Deal With The Emotions You've Been Avoiding

Erica Berman | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

When it comes to trauma, in particular, pushing away the thoughts and feelings can often exacerbate the intensity of the symptoms. The more you try to evade the problem, the more the internal pressure will build, until you explode. The problem won't just go away on its own.

Pokemon GO Changed My Life

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

As a tool, Pokemon Go has changed my life. It's such a simple tool (and let's face it, not a great app or game as it crashes constantly and is riddled with server issues) but it's vastly improved my mental and physical health in the two weeks I have been using it.

This Is Your Body When You're In Danger Of Burning Out

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

When do you know you're under too much stress? When do you decide to call in sick and take a mental health day? When do you put you at the top of your to-do list? Not often enough, I say. When we do, it is usually because our body has given us no choice in the matter.

I Want My Patients To Love Their Drugs

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

The trouble is, there is no recipe book for prescribing psychiatric medications. Every individual is unique, so with the guidance of their doctor, patients must find the treatment that's right for them. If a drug makes them feel worse, it's not the right drug, but that doesn't mean there are no other options. The right treatment must be found and sometimes that takes time, effort and creativity. Feeling like a zombie is never an acceptable outcome.

4 Tips For Dating Someone With Anxiety

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Chakameh Shafii

Your partner might have had their anxiety long before you came along and you can't try to "fix them". Remember to pay attention to your mental health and well-being. By leading an active lifestyle not only do you feel better but you encourage your partner to stay healthy.

Stop Forcing Summer Activities On Your Children

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

"Children need to be occupied, they need structure, they need predictability," the experts tell us. Heaven help you if you don't make sure to keep those sticky little hands busy between late June and Labour Day every year. After all, children need structure right? No they don't.

Bipolar Disorder: When Depression Isn't Just Depression

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Riley, a fictitious patient, was first depressed in high school. "I remember not caring about anything. I didn't see my friends. I just wanted to sle...

Lost Your Mojo? Your Antidepressant Could Be The Reason

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Depression is a libido killer. Our brain is our most important sexual organ and a depressed brain may cause a complete loss of sexual interest and make it difficult, sometimes impossible, to get or sustain an erection or have an orgasm. As depression resolves, usually sexual dysfunction resolves as well.