#Anxiety

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.

A Mental Ward Is No Place For Moms With Postpartum Depression

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

I'm not saying we need helicopter rides, but we damn well need more than we have right now. We need screening, monitoring, therapy, child care and home care. And why not add PPD rehab to that list? I can't think of anything better to help moms who are severely suffering than a dedicated facility.

Mom Shares Her Story To Help Others With Postpartum Depression

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

"Everything was always Armageddon, even little hiccups during my day meant the end of the world. It was no way to live."

We Must Care For The Caregivers, Too

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Joshua Tepper

Chances are most of us have acted as informal, unpaid caregivers at some point for a parent, child or spouse. When we serve in this role, we provide critical support to our loved ones and the health system at large. However, this support often comes at a personal cost.

Why Nighttime Can Be The Hardest Time

Dr. Katy Kamkar | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Katy Kamkar

For people experiencing a mental illness or addiction, nighttime can be a particularly challenging time, often bringing feelings of anxiety, sadness and stress. Nighttime is often when they feel most alone and in need of hope.

You Weren't Born To Pay Off Debt And Die

Cait Flanders | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Cait Flanders

What you don't have to do forever is live with debt. You don't have to spend every month calculating how much you can afford to put towards debt repayment, while continuing to use credit, and staying in the never-ending cycle of borrowing money and trying to pay it back. It's not an easy cycle to get out of; I know that firsthand.

You Have My Permission To Put Career On The Back Burner

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Yes, you read that right. Sometimes your career should be your LAST priority. Like, dead last. I bet that sounds crazy coming from a gal like me, right? I'm a career coach -- one who believes very strongly in career as a pillar of happiness, fulfillment, stability and even health.

Why Isn't Psychotherapy Covered By Health Care?

Chris Curry | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Living
Chris Curry

In terms of health care, we have it pretty good. If you are unfortunately diagnosed with cancer, most, if not all of your treatment will be paid for. If you break your leg, you can go to the ER and get a cast and leave without a bill. If you require surgery, the government will pay for that too. But what if your issue isn't physical? What if what's holding you back in life is a mental concern? Well, then you're kind of out of luck.

Teach Kids These Breathing Techniques To Control Big Emotions

Tania DaSilva | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Tania DaSilva

When you teach your child "calm breathing," you are using a technique that works to slow down his/her breathing, combating upset, stressed and anxious feelings. Teaching a child to use calm breathing to regulate their emotions is important because it shows them how to change their breathing to minimize the effects of their emotions.

The Physical Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety Are Real

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

I have heard the question, "Are you saying it's all in my head?" countless times, so I now begin discussions about physical symptoms associated with depression and anxiety with, "Just because your symptoms aren't caused by an injury or an infection doesn't mean they're not real."

When The Going Gets Tough, Consider The Worst Case Scenario

Erin Blaskie | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Erin Blaskie

It sounds a little crazy, doesn't it? When you're filled with fear and overwhelmed with stress, the last thing you want to do is think about how it can get worse. Or, is it?

The Solution To Mental Health Reform Is Easy, Getting There Isn't

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada
Marvin Ross

When governments don't want to do something but want to give the appearance of doing something, they set up a task force or committee to investigate and bring back a report. It looks good to some but does nothing and that is what so many jurisdictions do. Maybe it is because I live in Ontario, but this province is the master when it comes to this.

As A Counsellor, Here's Why I Think We Should Believe Survivors

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 03.26.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

There is no one common reaction to sexual assaults. Survivors' behaviours following such traumatic events can vary from minimizing the incident and pretending everything is fine (e.g. kissing and cuddling in the park, or writing gushing love letters, as DuCoutere did following the assault); to suppressing the incident altogether, essentially blocking it from your memory; to blaming yourself, somehow, in an attempt to rationalize the trauma. It is not unusual in my caseload to see women, years after the fact, still believing they were somehow responsible for the incident.

What Causes Mental Illness? It's Complicated.

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

I tell my patients, "Mental illnesses are medical illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease." Most of them struggle to believe me because they know that many people, even people who love them, think they can just "get over" their illnesses. And they're equally as hard on themselves. So let's talk about what causes mental illness, and why that question (and answer) are pretty complicated.

Postpartum Eclampsia Almost Left My Husband A Single Dad

Christine Johnson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Christine Johnson

Postpartum pre-eclampsia isn't spoken about as much as regular pre-eclampsia. We're led to believe that we have our babies, then we're supposed to be in this land of happiness where everything is sunshine and roses. I'm told that eclamptic seizures often cause coma and death.

Homegrown Mom Group Helps Combat Postpartum Depression

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

"Postpartum women should be encouraged to resist the temptation to isolate themselves, push past their comfort zone and take the risk of making some connections with others who may be in a position to provide valuable support."

When Your Child Doesn't Have Friends, Here's What To Do

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

So what's a parent to do when they realize that their child, for whatever reason, is having difficulty making or maintaining friendships? No parent wants to feel that their child is missing out or... being shunned for one reason or another... Yet, this is the reality for too many children who face rejection on a daily basis.

Senator Wants To See Support, Not Assisted Suicide, For Mentally Ill

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics

People suffering from mental-health challenges need support and resources even if they have given up on themselves, she said.

How To Support Your Kids And Really Be There For Them

Kids Help Phone | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

One question we often receive at Kids Help Phone is, "what can parents do if they need advice on how to support their child?" Helping youth navigate friendships, school, break-ups, mental health, bullying, abuse, self-harm, suicide, or any other concern that youth face can be very challenging... I wanted to write this blog to help provide parents with some direction about how to be there for kids.

Andra Vomir, Kinesiologist, Urges You To Give Yourself The Space To Listen To Your Body

Kristen Marano | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Kristen Marano

Kinesiology helps to uncover the emotional causes of self-limiting beliefs, distress, anxiety, pain, illness, and disease. Kinesiology uses light muscle testing to identify stressors in the body, allowing us to work on a deeper level than with conventional therapy.

5 Ways To Conquer Fear And Go For What You Truly Want

Melissa Dawn | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Melissa Dawn

Facing fear fully removes its power. By standing up to it, you make yourself stronger than the fear. You open yourself up to the possibility of denying fear power over your thoughts and actions.

How I Stopped Letting Anxiety Control My Commute

Shailee Koranne | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Shailee Koranne

Anxiety disorders show themselves differently in everyone who have them. My fear of public transit is almost totally irrational, I know -- that's actually the most frustrating thing about it. I know it's irrational, but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with the anxiety.

Sharing My Mental Health Story Was Tougher Than Olympic Competition

Silken Laumann | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I felt like I was daring myself to cross some arbitrary line in the sand, and once I did, there would be no turning back. Canadians' perceptions of who I was, and certainly their knowledge of my life story, would be forever altered. Even if only a few dozen people heard my story, it felt big to share personally and publicly.

Every Day Should Be #BellLetsTalk Day

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

It takes a lot of courage to own up to your difficulties, to open up to a complete stranger, and most importantly, to be willing to roll up your sleeves and do the inner work needed to heal. It's not a walk in the park, by any stretch of the imagination.

Mental Health Is The Key To Workplace Wellness

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Exercise, active living and healthy eating are not the first step in living a healthy lifestyle. The base needs to be set before anyone can live a healthy lifestyle. This is the problem -- most people are not equipped to live healthy. Education is important to health, and more than anything, mental health is critical.