#Anxiety

I Love My Children, But I'm So Tired And Angry All The Time

Christine Johnson | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Christine Johnson

Shouldn't I be happy? I have three healthy children, I have a wonderful husband, I have supportive friends and family, I have a roof over my head and a vehicle to drive, yet I'm so full of anger, so much anger. Every night I am mad at myself for yelling at my children, for losing my cool for reasons that don't warrant such anger.

Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its Kind

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

I was anxiety-ridden throughout my entire pregnancy and I suffered from awful depression and anxiety after my baby was born. Obviously I should have been on meds throughout my pregnancy, but my OBGYN didn't know I was suffering from perinatal anxiety. I didn't know.

Helping Our Youth (And Ourselves) Deal With The Trump Trauma

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

As the results began to become undeniable and there was no avoiding the dreaded outcome, I witnessed my children and their friends reaching out to ask each other in shock and asking their parents "How could this happen?"

Take A Break From All This

Angela Hartlin | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

Those of us who feel hurt in our hearts for our American friends and family must take time to stop engaging in this year's political circus. It is seemingly unfathomable to get this 180 degree turn of American politics out of your mind, especially when you understand the negative impact that could come of this presidency, with evidence based strictly on his divisive rhetoric. But you must. Even if only for a bit, you MUST unplug from the chaos.

Is An Emotional Support Animal Right For You?

Kendall Surratt | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Kendall Surratt

An emotional support animal is exactly what the name says: an animal who provides emotional support. It's something I had heard about from college friends who wanted an excuse to keep a furry friend in their apartment, but I never thought it was a legitimate thing.

What Fear Can Do To You

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The human species could not have survived for long without the experience of fear. The ability to identify certain events and situations as dangerous and respond appropriately is essential for our existence. But these responses are meant to be rare and short-lived. If we cannot switch off this built-in alarm system of ours, it will quickly exhaust us, even turn against us.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy And Mindfulness Can Help Kids With Autism

Julie M Green | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

The child with ASD must learn to identify a broad range of emotions and corresponding facial and body expressions, then encouraged to tune into their bodies and rate the intensity of their emotion using a "feelings thermometer." We feel what we feel. Although our emotions are always valid, our thoughts about a given situation are often skewed and in need of revision.

What I Mean When I Say 'I Suffer From Anxiety'

Anna Pearson | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Living
Anna Pearson

Anxiety is constant, it doesn't just go away. Sometimes it may be heightened... making it essential to learning self-regulation of my thoughts. This involves acknowledging my triggers, knowing what scenarios or environments may cause my anxiety or panic to heighten.

Anxiety Is The Mental Health Disorder Of Millennials

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Anxiety is a major impediment these days. We can think about the reasons of why this is happening in such great numbers or we can just start helping young adults suffering from anxiety right now using the following four vanquishers.

When Constant Anxiety Takes Over My Life, I Just Keep Trying

Kendall Surratt | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Living
Kendall Surratt

These thoughts I have are irrational and uncontrollable. They're more than overthinking, and they're more than overanalyzing. Most people will tell me to "stop overthinking" or "if you're trying so hard, you shouldn't have this anxiety." Believe me, if I could stop them willingly, I would. But for now, trying is all I can do.

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.