Anxiety Comes From Trying To Present A Perfect Image

Kristen Marano | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Living
Kristen Marano

We have generations of women in our lives to thank for creating the strength of a women's movement; but until now, it hasn't always included conversations about emotional wellness.

How Animal Therapy Can Change Lives

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Get Leashed Magazine

While physical disabilities like blindness more obviously demonstrate the need for a service dog, the animals can be trained to serve a host of people with invisible illnesses as well. These service dogs learn how to respond to mental health issues including PTSD and social anxiety; detect silent conditions like irregular heartbeats or blood sugar levels; and provide emotional support for victims of sexual abuse.

This Is How You Become A Better Friend

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Investing in friendships is part of a finding a healthy balance in life. We care for and enjoy our friends, but sometimes we might forget to think about how we can secure and grow our friendships. Any sort of investment requires some time and thought. Maintaining friendships requires effort, but when we look at the health benefits of friendships, this effort is worth it.

What I Know About PTSD I Didn't Learn In Medical School

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

The diagnosis of PTSD requires that a person has "...experienced, witnessed or been confronted with an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others." The traumatic event must provoke intense fear, helplessness, or horror.

How My Bike Helps Conquer Cancer And Silence My Anxiety

Tesla Beard | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Impact
Tesla Beard

Last summer, I undertook the most difficult challenge I'd ever attempted: A 200-km bike ride over the course of two days to conquer cancer. I was scared, and as the day approached, I found myself fighting a familiar battle with myself.

Panic Attacks Aren't Deadly, But They Feel Like They Are

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Panic disorder is associated with anxiety that continues after the panic attack has resolved. Patients with panic disorder worry about having another attack or that they might lose control. Sometimes they fear they're suffering from a serious medical condition that hasn't been diagnosed. As a result, they change their behavior to avoid situations that might provoke another attack.

Want Good Mental Health? Then Get Ready To Move The Mind

Alyson Jones | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Thoughts and feelings without movement can become toxic, limiting us and keeping us away from what we need. Consequently, movement is essential to our life and health. There is no exceptional living without movement.

Seeking Support Helped End My Nine-Year Battle With Depression

Emily Grice | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Emily Grice

I really didn't understand why I was so sad all of the time. It was a whirlwind of overwhelming emotions of loneliness, frustration and annoyance with everything. It's these times when you need to recognize what's happening with yourself and discover and use the tools to help you get through it.

Beyond The Stigma Of Mental Illness Lies The Real Us

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Is there anything more tragic than going through life "unseen," feeling crushingly alone despite being in community? That's exactly what living with the stigma of compromised mental health feels like.

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 09.26.2016 | 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.