Canada Depression

Why We Don't Need a Blood Test to Diagnose Depression

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

For those who are unfamiliar with this latest science story, researchers in the U.S. claim they can diagnose depression using a blood sample. Why would we need a blood test to do something professionals can already accomplish on their own in a fairly short period of time? The most touted benefit of this test seemed to be that it would offer the first "objective" measurement of depression. In the present case, the problem with trying to find an "objective" method of diagnosing depression is that "depression" and "diagnosis of depression" are two separate things.

Depression Symptoms You May Not Think About

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living

There's been a focus on clinical depression lately, especially after the death by suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams in August. But this cov...

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

What I've Learned After a Decade of Researching Suicide

Jitender Sareen | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Living
Jitender Sareen

The death of comedian Robin Williams last month sparked a worldwide discussion about suicide, its underlying causes and how it might be prevented. And, with World Suicide Prevention Day taking place Sept. 10, the subject is certain to generate more debate as people seek to understand this important health issue. Having spent 10 years researching the subject while working as a professor of psychiatry, I believe there are things we can do as a community to tackle this problem. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to reflect on what researchers have learned over the years about strategies for preventing suicide.

Would You Kick Someone Battling Cancer?

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Have we learned nothing from the death of Robin Williams? People who suffer from depression do so quietly. They keep their secret tucked away in their chest where the agony of it is only noticeable to them, not others.

Let's Bring Awareness To Depression, Like The Ice Bucket Challenge Brought ALS

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Depression should no longer be hidden behind closed doors and under bed covers. Rather, society should become as sympathetic to the disorder, as they were eager to pour ice water on their heads. We might even be able to lessen the very obvious divide between those who suffer from mental illness and those who do not. So this is why I love the idea of mounting a campaign in which children and adults band together to acknowledge the severity and the legitimacy of this epidemic.

The Kardashians Shouldn't Downplay Rob's Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Sadly, these people who are famous for being famous, could be using their celebrity status to promote something other than themselves, but instead chose to discuss depression as a simple emotion that Rob will simply overcome by his sisters nattering at him, and putting him down further.

The Love of Your Children Can't Always Save You From Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I read Zelda Williams's tribute to her dad. I could barely focus on the accolades because my mind zeroed in on the few words "While I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay..." Because that's the bottom line. His children loved him deeply, and he loved them, and yet, all that love was insufficient to keep him here...Or rather, the pain was just too much. That scares me.

Why My Depression Never Led Me To Take My Own Life

Jean Bottari | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Living
Jean Bottari

My words and my confessions got you thinking? Good because that is my goal. Stop trying to be the strong one -- if you do so for too long you are going to end up like me. Tell yourself that if you think you mean nothing to the world there is at least one person who thinks you are the world.

Depression: You Can Win The Battle And You Can Win The War

Alex Sangha | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Everyone feels sad from time to time. But when the sadness doesn't stop and emotions start to interfere with life, that person may be depressed. Winston Churchill called his depression his "black dog."

I Think About Suicide Every Day, Even Though I'm Getting Help

JoinTheChase | Posted 08.14.2014 | Canada Living
JoinTheChase

I understand why people kill themselves. I think about it every day. That's not an exaggeration. It varies how much I think about it each day, but there hasn't been a day in the last six months that I haven't thought about it, and it's been this way since I was about 10. Very very occasionally I get a day where I'm struggling really bad, but I don't want to be dead. But it's not often.

That Funny Person You Know Could Be Dying Inside

Anne T. Donahue | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Living
Anne T. Donahue

I cried a lot, and slept when I could, and felt like shit. I can't even tell you how shitty I felt because there's actually no way to articulate it. I didn't want to die, but I felt like I was completely out of control, because I was, and that shit is scary. And of course, no one knew. I told no one. I acted fine, just like I still do, because I don't really like to talk about this kind of shit. Those emotions have been catalogued and put away.

When The Laughter Dies

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

So many laughs and images are conjured in my mind when I think of Robin Williams. Whether he was shouting "Good Morning Vietnam" or giving a whole new...

Suicide Isn't A Product Of Not Trying

Shannon Fisher | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Shannon Fisher

Go ahead and post that suicide hotline number. I've used it and I'll continue to use it. But even better, recognize that this darkness is a monster that -- even with all the help and resources and puppy cuddles -- is lonely and demoralizing and confusing and exhausting to fight. And please recognize all of the work we do to stay alive.

What Facebook Statuses Would Look Like If We Were Honest About Mental Health

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada Living

One of the biggest problems facing those who struggle with mental health is the feeling that they are alone. But if the outpouring of articles and int...

Are You Depressed? Or Are You DEPRESSED? It's Time To Look At Language

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living

Following the suicidal death of actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday, many around the world have started an open dialogue about what it truly m...

Don't Let Depression Stay a Secret Society

Terezia Farkas | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Depression forms its own secret society. We're afraid of the consequences of our bosses, co-workers, family and friends finding out about our depression on Facebook. What is the worse consequence? People finding out you are depressed or you committing suicide? All it takes is one soul among friends to speak out.

A Letter to My Suicidal Self

Angela Hartlin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

I will tell you that I know you've tried what feels like everything to create a tolerable existence, but it hasn't worked thus far. I also know that you have hoarded your past expired medications in your toy hamper waiting for this day when you finally get "the nerve" to go through with ending it all. Please don't let today be your last, I want you to experience what it's like to smile for real again and you'll be taking that opportunity away.

Williams' Death Makes Me Think Of Myself Back On The Edge of That Subway Platform

Erica Lenti | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Lenti

Mental health isn't just about feeling good. As someone who has suffered with generalized anxiety disorder and subsequent depressive episodes, the last thing I want to read is feel-good drivel. What the media needs to focus on is honesty -- like the countless numbers of medications I've tried just not to have a panic attack on a subway car, the days I skipped work to lie in bed and cry (and how I always told my friends, family and employers I was sick), the pounds I shed not being able to eat in my depressive state, the long hours I spent in a therapist's office because I didn't know how to "fix my head."

Put On Your Happy (Yet Sometimes Also Really Depressed) Face

Tamara Schroeder | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Alberta
Tamara Schroeder

Funny people aren't supposed to take their own lives. But then again, neither are fathers or mothers or first responders or any of the other host of people we outwardly see as having too much to live for. The way things appear to others is never the whole picture. Those who struggle with depression are not so easily defined by only the characteristics everyone else sees.

Despite All the Laughs, Robin Williams Suffered

Mathieu Murphy-Perron | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Mathieu Murphy-Perron

Rare are the moments where reading of an actor's passing does much more to me other than illicit a half-shrug before I carry on with my day, but in the case of Robin Williams it stopped me straight in my tracks. Williams depression wasn't new. He was an alcoholic with a long history of substance abuse. He dodged consistent allegations of stealing jokes throughout his years as a stand-up comic. He suffered. Despite and through the laughs, he suffered.

If We Always Talked About Suicide This Much, We'd Be Better Off

Arthur Gallant | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

The moment a celebrity or somebody takes his or her life we, as a society, are all over it. It makes me think if we talked about suicide this much when it wasn't in the news due to something like Williams' death we would be better off. In addition to talking about Williams let's also talk about the thousands of other "normal" people who also died of suicide today.

Don't Call Robin Williams' Death a Waste

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Suicide isn't "giving up" or "giving in." Suicide is a terrible decision made by someone whose pain is so great that they can no longer hold it, and feel they have no other option in life but to end it. It's a decision you can't take back, and a decision that will affect your friend and family forever. It is not taken lightly. For someone looking in, it does seem like a waste -- especially in the case of Robin Williams, who was a brilliantly funny man and a talented actor. But imagine, if you will, feeling so desperate, so desolate, so incredibly sad and hurt that you honestly cannot see a way out. Williams did things in his life that touched people to their core. It is a sad, sad loss, but it is not a waste.

Weight Loss, Dieting May Not Make You Happier: Study

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living

The diet may start tomorrow, but if it doesn't, it's not the end of the world. Really. A new British study surveyed 1,979 overweight or obese adult...

Adding More Psychiatrists to a Flawed System Won't Help Anyone

Paul Kurdyak | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Kurdyak

How should psychiatrists' roles be defined in order to provide as much specialist care to as many high-needs individuals as possible in the most cost-effective way? Because psychiatrists appear to be organized in a far less than systematic fashion within Ontario's mental health system, there is a fairly steady level of unmet need no matter how many psychiatrists practice in a region.