Canada Depression

We Need To Adjust Our Expectations For Personalized Medicine

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

We are a long way off from identifying definitive biomarkers and personalized gene therapies are likely generations away. The hype is big, but our hope is misplaced. The science isn't there yet, and the sooner we stop putting our faith in near-miraculous breakthroughs, the sooner we can realistically survey the options at hand.

Bipolar Disorder: When Depression Isn't Just Depression

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Riley, a fictitious patient, was first depressed in high school. "I remember not caring about anything. I didn't see my friends. I just wanted to sle...

These Stories Will Change How You Think About Men's Mental Health

Alison Tedford | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Alison Tedford

When we think of Men's Health Week, we often think of prostate cancer or testicular cancer. As men account for three to four times the number of suicides of as women, one group is raising awareness of another important cause: men's mental health, depression and suicide.

Ottawa Run For Women Brings Smiles For High School Girls

Heather Wall | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living
Heather Wall

Physical activity makes us feel happy and more productive. We're more open to learning and more apt to share topics on a run than over a lunch. Perhaps the girls would learn a little more about themselves, be part of something bigger and take away tools to help them in their future.

Sharing My Story On #WorldEatingDisordersDay

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

By and large, we live in a diet-obsessed society, so my health nuttiness went unnoticed. Plus, like most individuals with eating disorders, I was a master at hiding all this dysfunctional behaviour for many years. I was also incredibly successful at outwardly presenting a well put-together front when facing the world. I had been a model student, a star employee, a good friend and doting auntie to my young nephews. Until it all came crashing down on me.

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.

5 Ways To Prep For A Depression Relapse

Terezia Farkas | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Recovering from depression isn't a smooth one way process. There's lots of relapses. Relapses are okay. Relapses are part of depression. They are warning signals that you might be pushing yourself too much emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually. Relapses can be nasty, not just for you but people you care about. Having a good depression relapse safety net in place can limit the severity and duration of your relapse. Here's 5 ways to prep for a depression relapse.

Predictors Of Your Risk Of Dying Are Not What You'd Think

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living

The healthiest people in the study were obese.

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.

Depression Is Much More Than A Few Bad Days

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Depression is horrible and sometimes it's deadly. Data from the World Health Organization demonstrates this serious public health issue. Yet depression is misunderstood by those who have never experienced it because they can't understand why depressed people don't just will themselves better.

Social Media Makes You See Problems Where There Are None

Greg Kushnick, Psy.D. | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Greg Kushnick, Psy.D.

Social media has trained us to search for problems, in our lives and ourselves, where none exist. And unfortunately, this is a perfect storm for causing serious depression. Here's how to be mindful of that.

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."

How I Self-Destructed At The End Of A Decade-Long Relationship

Lily Burroughs | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Lily Burroughs

No matter how independent, self-reliant, and strong we are, sometimes there's a part of us that wants to self-destruct. Usually, after a traumatic experience, when we feel especially vulnerable, scared, and alone. And after the devastating breakup with my fiancé and boyfriend/best friend of nine years, I self-destructed in a big way.

How To Stop Social Media From Making You Depressed

Greg Kushnick, Psy.D. | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Living
Greg Kushnick, Psy.D.

Through the daily observation of your friends' "perfect" lives and the subsequent pressure to look like you're also living the ultimate life, you're essentially being trained to adopt a perfectionistic standard for what life is supposed to look like. And that is not good for you, ever.

The Symptoms Of Schizophrenia Are Frightening, Isolating And Debilitating

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Schizophrenia is a complex and often devastating illness, characterized by the presence of psychotic symptoms including delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking and behaviour and negative symptoms (apathy, lack of motivation, social withdrawal, and reduced emotional responsiveness).

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.

11 Positive Gift Ideas To Cheer Up Sad People

Reggie Ramone | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Reggie Ramone

With last week's unwelcoming snowfall coming to an end, we're headed for warmer days and patio-ready weather. For the glass is half full type, it's time to prepare for the fun of spring and summer -- hooray! For the glass is half empty type... well, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) doesn't stop at the sight of spring.

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.

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."

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.

Suicide Among Physicians Is A Public Health Crisis

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Living
Amitha Kalaichandran

Researchers estimate we lose more than 400 doctors per year in the U.S. to suicide (an entire med school) and 150 med students yearly. We're a highly regulated profession. Doctors are tracked endlessly and publicly shamed if we veer off course in any way, and if we die by suicide, suddenly it's like we never existed.

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.