Canada Depression

What Postpartum Nurses Won't Tell you about Postpartum Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

If you should experience any or all of the scenarios I have described, please don't wait to seek help quickly. What I did not know is that this is PPD, and I was not alone. What I also didn't know is that there are people who will not judge you, and who are trained at helping to heal you. Please always remember this.

Why Farmer Suicide Rates Are the Highest of Any Occupation

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farming is a fairly isolated occupation with a small, close-knit community of co-workers and family. In the small farming community, the saying that everyone knows everything about each other is true. Going to a mental health professional or admitting you are depressed quickly becomes the news. This reduced sense of confidentiality ensures farmers don't talk about their depression.

Can We Let Go of These Mental Illness Stereotypes?

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.21.2014 | 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."

The Search For My Birth Mother Ended With a Slammed Phone

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I waited several days, constantly checking on Facebook to see if my messages to other relatives had been received or replied to, but after a couple of weeks of not receiving any response, my excitement at feeling like I was so close to finding my birth mother prompted me to call her directly.

How Social Media Has Helped My Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Rather than seeing nothing after I post a particularly bleak tweet or a caption speaking about mental illness, my notifications explode with questions and comments, all curious and positive about this awful invisible assailant. Total strangers will send their love and prayers out to me. Others will thank me for being brave and outspoken.

The Sexual Abuse I Can No Longer Block Out

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

This past year I've discovered that mental illnesses come in threes. Actually, in my case, they have come in more than threes, and unfortunately with each new disorder that I am diagnosed with, I am forced to reevaluate and relive the painful events of a past which have invited demons into my life who have been telling me since almost infancy that I am not worthy of freedom.

Eating Disorders Are Not a Fear of Being Fat

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Here's the thing: eating disorders are not about a fear of getting fat. The weight gain is not fueled by the number on the scale, but by the feeling of perfection at having maintained self-control.

YouTuber Proves Beauty Is More Than Just Physical With Stunning Video

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Style

YouTuber Rebecca Brown was diagnosed with Trichotillomania when she was 12. Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder, similar to OCD, which cau...

What it Feels Like When My Depression Goes Away

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

This past year has seen me in the lowest of emotional states. I was diagnosed with depression in October, 2013. Somehow, some way, through the guidance and help of the team of doctors monitoring me psychologically and medically, the stabbing in my chest is subsiding. The depression may be lifting. I'm hopeful.

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

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 06.20.2014 | 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 A Rave Drug Could Help Prevent Suicide

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Living

Party drug 'Special K' could resolve treatment-resistant depression Research at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center indicates ketamine ...

How My Eating Disorder Makes a Muffin into a Unscalable Mountain

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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.

McGill Discovers New Molecule

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Living

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal have identified a new molecule present only in humans and primates, low quantities of which could indicat...

My Brother's Suicide Taught Me How To Turn Pain Into Art

Tommy Tordsson Björk | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Living
Tommy Tordsson Björk

He had suffered from a period of depression which had developed into a psychosis. When the news reached me, my world collapsed. The days that followed were spent in a state alternating between something dream-like and an acute, painful awareness of the reality of the situation. So many questions were asked. So few answered.

That 'Trendy' Drug Your Kid Does Is the Same as Meth

Chris Curry | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada
Chris Curry

Ask any avid drug user the difference between 'molly' and 'ecstasy' and they will most likely tell you that 'molly is pure MDMA' and ecstasy was more known to be cut with other substances. In reality, this couldn't be further from the truth. And herein lies the problem. Unless you are an accomplished chemist, 'pure' MDMA is a myth.

Depression Does Define Who You Are

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

We all have a defining characteristic. To accept that depression defines me means that I know who "me" is right now. That will change in the future. But for now, accepting that depression defines me means that I know who I am.

Depression and Anger Can Go Hand in Hand

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

When we hear the word depression, we often imagine a person who is listless, sad and isolated. Rarely do we think of the angry, depressed person. Anger is a big part of depression. I know because I've been through it.

When Depression Sucks Back Every Breath You Take

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Depression doesn't decide when it will attack. It sits on your head, an ever-looming presence, watching you go about your day. Sometimes, it can sit there for so long, you will forget it's there. You will start making plans for yourself; glorious, luxurious, productive plans. They will be ruined.

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...

Why I'm Grateful For My Diagnosis of Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Before being diagnosed with depression in 2013, I could be described as miserable, ungrateful, negative. I decided to own my depression for what it has been for too many years to count, and rather than continue to bemoan my diagnosis, I would celebrate it by embracing the positive aspects.

How Much Did My Depression Affect My Parenting?

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

What I have always believed to be my "parenting style" is now an onslaught of question marks as I wrestle with the heartbreaking realizations that perhaps my depression and I have caused irreparable damage to one or all of my four children.

The Mother's Day Gift of Good Brain Health

Lynn Posluns | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lynn Posluns

With Mother's Day coming up, now seems like a fitting time to point out the incredible need for research into women's brain health. Why? Because every Mother's Day we celebrate and honour the women in our lives. But research still focuses on male brains.

Dealing With Depression Can Help Prevent Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Suicide is not something a person usually wants to sit down and chat about. The word, never mind the action, has even more stigma attached than depression. Yet suicide remains the number one threat to the self in depression. That's why talking about suicide is as important as any health issue.

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?"

The Stigma Of Mental Health Cost This 23-Year-Old His Life

Abigail Cukier | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Abigail Cukier

Bruce and Lynn drove to their youngest daughter Emily's school to tell her that her brother had died by suicide. They next drove to London to pick up their other daughter, Aimee from university. Their cries filled the car along the highway. Lynn climbed in the backseat to hold Emily in her arms. At first, Aimee did not believe the news but slowly came to understand.