Anxiety

Back to School: How to Calm Students' Stress and Anxiety

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

The heavy academic pressures so common today raise back-to-school stress like never before -- and it's not just high school seniors or university students who are feeling it right now. Parents can do a lot to help ease their children's anxieties around school. The key is to really listen, and let your child open up about their fears.

Helping Kids Manage Back to School Stress

Kids Help Phone | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

For young people of all ages, school's an opportunity to form new relationships with peers and teachers, develop new skills through extracurricular activities, and discover new interests. But school can also be a source of stress, anxiety, and pressure for many young people, and it's a topic that kids and teens bring to Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors throughout the year, even during summer holidays.

How to Help a Kid With Back-to-School Jitters Get Ready for the Year

The Purple Fig | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

We know that it isn't always high-fives and smiles for children going back to school this fall. Some kids are faced with anxiety and apprehension during this time of change. Dr. Dubois, psychologist at Canoe Therapy, helps to equip us parents with some tools to ease those nerves the week before school.

Can Positive Thinking Alleviate Depression?

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I realized that I can no longer pretend that I am mentally healthy. As I scrolled through Instagram, my tears blurring my vision, I noticed a campaign meant to empower women, with the hashtag "finding joy." The first day of the challenge required a selfie in which the person holds a piece of paper on which the words "I am enough" are written.

Can We Let Go of These Mental Illness Stereotypes?

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I have openly talked about my use of laxatives for years; I make no secret of the hours and days spent avoiding food, and more specifically eating it; I talk about my death and my desire to die as though I were sharing a favourite recipe; my naps are long, and often I refuse to actually wake from them, instead pulling covers over my head and pointing to the door with a hissed, "Get out get out."

10 Ways To Know If You Are Struggling With Anxiety

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living

You may be stressed out by work deadlines or an argument with your partner, but when you have anxiety, everyday common stressors like these can feel i...

There's Nothing Wrong With Feeling Depressed Every Once in a While

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

It is not uncommon for new clients of mine to set the following goal in therapy: "I want to get rid of my anxiety," or "I sometimes feel depressed and I want to just be happy." But this is like wanting to detect damage to the body, but not feel pain. You can't have it both ways.

How My Eating Disorder Makes a Muffin into a Unscalable Mountain

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I'm going to eat this muffin. I am. I really am. I'm so useless. I suck. I need to put this muffin down. And just not eat anything for the rest of the day. Nobody likes me anyway so who cares if I even eat this muffin? I can't do anything right.

Regrets --- I Have None

Arthur Gallant | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

I'd like to think I'm a little young to be blogging about this yet I find it interesting as well. I was recently asked by my therapist if there are an...

My Childhood Sexual Abuse Made Me a Paranoid Parent

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Simple childhood moments between siblings and friends of "You show me yours, I'll show you mine" were turned into interrogation sessions were my finger pointed at each child demanding, "Where did you learn that?" To this day, 10 years later, my kids will still remind me of those episodes with arched eyebrows, querying, "What was that all about anyway?"

I Challenge You To Live In The Now For 30 Days

Adrian Wesley | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adrian Wesley

I declared that I would live only in the now for 30 days. This meant I could not think about the past or the future -- I would only focus on what was happening in the moment. Sounds easy, but what an awakening experience. If I started to think about how something went wrong in the past or worry about something in the future, I would stop myself and release the thought and get back to the present.

How to Master Public Speaking

Andrew Tai | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Tai

Afflicted with sweaty palms, short breaths, dry mouth or nausea every time you open your mouth to speak in front of a group of strangers? If your answer is yes, then you must also think that public speaking is not your forte. But guess what? Public speaking doesn't come naturally to anyone.

Medicating Mental Illness Can Be as Necessary as Treating Cancer

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To tell someone with mental illness that treatment is not necessary in order to overcome the symptoms of the disease is about as sensitive as telling someone with a treatable cancer that surgery, chemo, and radiation won't be necessary.

A Quarter-Life Crisis Sent Me to Therapy

Katie Boland | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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 06.13.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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 06.07.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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...

WATCH: These Body Hacks Will Make Your Life Better

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.28.2014 | 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.