Canada Depression

With Nowhere Else To Turn, Mentally Ill Youth End Up In ER

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living

Hardly a comforting atmosphere for a scared teenager who had been planning to take her own life.

Dispelling The Myths About Teen Moods: What's 'Normal' And What's Not

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Well-meaning parents, friends, and even youth themselves, can struggle to decipher the difference between a typical mood swing and a more severe mood disorder or form of mental illness. More often than not, people dismiss or ignore the signs of mental illness, thinking they are normal or a phase that will pas

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.

6 Foods That May Worsen Symptoms Of Depression

Abigail Keeso | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Keeso

When we think of these "bad foods," we don't stop to think about how they might affect our mental health. The reality is that one in five Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives and what you eat can have a big impact on this.

5 Reasons To Talk About Mental Illness

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

In mental illness, we are constantly mixing apples and oranges. The causes are not the same and neither are the treatments. When we lump them together we create more confusion. And when there is lack of clarity, we tend to fill the gaps in knowledge with myths, superstitions, and mistaken attributions. That's when the quacks come out.

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.

The Human Capacity For Denial Will Only Get Us So Far

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Living
G. Elijah Dann

Unlike other species with no ability for self-reflection, humans are able to tell themselves fictions and myths, religious or not, to mollify and placate. Denial enabled early Homo sapiens ignore the realities of their fragile circumstances. But while the capacity for denial enabled continuance of the human species, at this stage of the game in our present evolution, our individual and collective undoing may be inevitable.

Postpartum Depression Awareness Will Make Strides In 2016

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

While tinsel town continues to generate buzz about PPD with new plot twists and more celebrity confessions, here's hoping that the trend of openness continues in the right direction towards greater awareness and better treatment.

The Day My Rescue Dog Rescued Me

Zoë Gemelli | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada
Zoë Gemelli

Everything was planned. The collection of pills, the letters, the dowry of cameras, books, and music; all neatly placed on my to-do list. And then my pug, with a snort and a twitch, saved my life.

It's Time We Cut Ourselves Some Slack In The Workplace

Andrew Rennie | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Andrew Rennie

We're conditioned to act like we don't need sleep or weekends, only fleeting validation for that campaign that just hit market and a swig from the company whiskey bottle. I had never much subscribed to the notion of Toronto's permeating anxiety, however, until I returned from a much-needed trip over this past holiday break.

Being More Compassionate Can Help You Succeed In 2016

Erica Berman | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Here's the thing. If we can convince ourselves that most people are doing the best they can, then eventually we have to realize that about ourselves. That, my friends, is the key. Because if someone is doing the best they can, can you really ask anything more?

I Just Don't Know How To Be Happy

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

So what is depression? It isn't like a typical disease that can be measured with a lab test. For this reason I think the best way to see depression is as a symptom. It is a mood state characterized by sadness or loss of pleasure. The question is what is creating the symptom?

Finding Grace In The Most Unlikely Of Places

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

It has taken me almost my entire lifetime to realize that what I thought was the "worst of me", was in fact the "best of me". And all those years I spent escaping to the margins of society have been a beautiful blessing in disguise.

Mentoring Others Can Empower Your Career

Mary Donohue | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Most of us are motivated by self-interest. That "self" might include your spouse and your children, or your parents and your extended family. Or it may just mean you. But you, like me, may want to make lots of money and create a better world for yourself and those you care about. You can do both.

Sustainable Habits To Help You Find Energy And Purpose In 2016

Jessica Holmes | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Jessica Holmes

By the time we're in our thirties we've subconsciously conditioned ourselves to have automatic responses to stress: "I'm too tired," "I can't help myself," or "things never work out for me." These myths can lower the bar and prolong a rut you may find yourself in, making meh the new normal.

Those Fake Selfie Smiles Hurt More Than You Think

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Chakameh Shafii

We're used to having multiple faces -- at work, at home, or with our friends. Now there's a chance to have a social media version of ourselves. The pressure to present the best version of ourselves is creating new types of problems for the mental health of the society.

12 Ways To Enjoy The Holidays (When You Are Feeling More Like The Grinch)

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for everybody else. At least that's how it can seem if this season you are dealing with less-than-perfect ...

You're Not Alone If You Feel The Holiday Blues

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

It's supposed to be to most wonderful time of the year. But for many people the holiday season is anything but joyous. Feeling left out when others celebrate and exchange gifts can be devastating and even lead to despair and depression.

'Ignite' Offers An Important Message To Those Suffering From Depression

Howard Kerbel | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Howard Kerbel

When you're in it, hang on, don't give up and do not trust everything you are telling yourself. We wrote "Ignite" as a message saying that the pain will pass and you can absolutely ignite your soul, no matter how bad it's gotten.

A 25 Year Old's Journey To Finding Inner Peace

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Chakameh Shafii

I was very sad and nervous and couldn't explain why; I had a great job and wonderful friends. I now know that it wasn't just a phase I was going through, I had mild anxiety which brought on occasional depression.

Is Kim Right? Would Eating My Placenta Have Stopped My Postpartum Depression?

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

Eating your own placenta goes back thousands of years but has become popular of late thanks to celebrities like Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Holly Madison, January Jones, Alicia Silverstone, and Mayim Bialik who've been talking openly about their experience.

CHCH Job Cuts May Hit Mute On Mental Illness

Arthur Gallant | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Resources are being cut and this gives me reason to be afraid. Producers will no longer have as much time to seek out people like me, and I believe instead they'll resort to their usual talking heads who can't relate or provide the same commentary as somebody with living with mental illness.

Doctors Can Help Cure Poverty Without Leaving The Office

Gary Bloch | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living
Gary Bloch

The push for doctors to treat social issues like poverty is starting to change the way we practice medicine and how we work with community agencies and those with expertise in income benefits, food security and poverty law. Many health organizations now are right in the middle of advocacy for better social conditions. Major medical organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian College of Family Physicians have been vocal in their support for this approach. This demonstrates a real acceptance by the medical mainstream that reducing patients' poverty is a core part of a doctor's job.

How The Wealthy Are Disadvantaged

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

There is mounting science of how the wealthy are disadvantaged in one area that may mean more to them than anything else -- the fundamentals of their children's health. A disproportionate number of emotional, behavioural, and mental health problems are occurring in children of the upper class and upper middle class.

This Might Be The Most Accurate Video Depicting Life With Depression

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living

"In the end you choose to be alone in your comfort zone where no one asks any questions."