Canada Depression

Medicating Mental Illness Can Be as Necessary as Treating Cancer

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To tell someone with mental illness that treatment is not necessary in order to overcome the symptoms of the disease is about as sensitive as telling someone with a treatable cancer that surgery, chemo, and radiation won't be necessary.

Maybe My Kids Will Be More Tolerant People Because of My Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Yes, during the most severe times in my life when I was bedridden for months, my body moulded into the mattress, not only did I not even know how to be a mother, but I didn't care. Strength and what little energy I had, was poured into staying alive. But during these worst of times, my children, the older ones aware of my illness, the younger one suspecting, were never very far from my side.

Does Depression Have to Last Forever?

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

As I watched a documentary on Bell's "Let's Talk" campaign recently after my Major Depressive Disorder was diagnosed, although I was busily leafing through a book, of which I couldn't read one single line as my brain was a muddle of fog and pain, I refused to look up at the screen as Clara Hughes discussed of her personal struggle with depression.

In Defense of Selfies

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

If I may be honest, I love taking selfies. I think if you like how you look one day, you have the right to show it. You have the right to like it on Facebook. By God, if others like it, they have the right to like it on Facebook too, and you have the right to like them for liking it. If a selfie makes you happy, take it and tweet, Instragram and Facebook the holy hell out of it!

How To Stay Sane When Someone You Love Is Depressed

Terezia Farkas | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Encourage your loved one to get professional help and be ready to go with him/her to any appointments.In recent years cognitive behaviour therapy is available via Skype. Ask if you can participate as part of a family therapy session. Be willing to adopt any changes that are suggested and make a genuine effort at making it work.

Not Everyone With Mental Illness Needs Medication

Arthur Gallant | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Don't get me wrong; medication is a great treatment option for people with mental illness but it is only one component of treatment. I have taken medication in the past and likely will again in the future. At this point in time, my medical team and I agree it should not be apart of my treatment plan.

Why Mental Illness Is As Serious As This Life-Threatening Disease

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

If a person is suffering from something that you don't understand, it doesn't mean that their suffering is invalid. A person can't judge the anxieties of another person based on the scope of their own experience. Each human being is an individual, so take the time to inform yourself.

My Depression Is My Own Responsibility

Krista Thompson | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
Krista Thompson

Nine months ago I triggered depression by my desire to rapidly grow my business. I came up against a brick wall of negative beliefs about my ability to grow the business. The breakdown occurred because I wanted to succeed and the voice inside my head kept repeating old thoughts about why I couldn't or shouldn't fail.

What Most People Don't Understand About Work and Happiness

Sheldon Dyck | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
Sheldon Dyck

Why is the difference in people's happiness massive when they make $80,000 instead of $50,000, but negligible when they make $200,000 instead of $100,000? Why are some of the unhappiest people in our society the children of enormously wealthy parents?

How To Love Life Even If You Have Depression

Terezia Farkas | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Medication is a must. No matter how much you hate or resist the idea, medication is necessary to start loving life again. Depression affects your brain chemistry and energy. Brain patterns start to change because new neural networks are being formed. You literally start to think differently about the world.

11 Mental Illness Myths You Hear All The Time (And Why You Shouldn't Believe Them)

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living

You may not realize it, but you've probably already been impacted by mental illness. In Canada alone, 20 per cent of Canadians will personally experie...

Mindfulness Can Give You a Real Buzz

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Mindfulness is the buzz word of the day. You hear mindful eating, mindfulness based stress reduction, mindfulness in meditation, mindful walking and more. Why is this mindfulness such a buzz? Over time, you start to realize you can actually choose your thoughts and thereby choose emotions.

Do This To Get a Good Night's Sleep

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Many people with sleep troubles are tempted to take sleeping pills or supplements containing melatonin and the likes, and that may indeed be part of the solution. But there can also be a risk of addiction. Be advised that most of these remedies have side effects and should not be taken without consulting a physician.

Why Dress For the Life You Want? Because it Works

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Style
Sarah Vermunt

If you've ever watched an episode of What Not to Wear, you can recall fashion expert Stacey London telling women to "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." I'm not sure who first coined that phrase, but it's a good one.

Combating the Winter Blues

Dr. Sara T | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Alberta
Dr. Sara T

Having always lived in a place where you experience the changing seasons, I appreciate that every season brings something new. Spring welcomes growth, summer welcomes warmth, fall welcomes vibrant colours and winter....well, it welcomes snow, cold and short days.

Saying "It's Your Depression Talking" Takes Away My Voice

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Framing a depressed person's behaviour and speech as being influenced by their illness can seem helpful. I've certainly said things like, "that's not you talking, that's your depression." But telling someone, especially someone who is suffering from a mental illness and has spent years dealing with all the stigma that comes with it, that it's not really them talking can be downright dangerous.

Chronic Pain That's Not All in Your Head

Marilyn Linton | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Five little words we women hope we'll never hear again in a doctor's office: It's all in your head. Yet that's exactly what was heard for decades when women reported experiencing widespread pain lasting months and accompanied by sleep disturbances, headache, even mood and memory issues. Today, that chronic pain condition has not only been given a name but is finally recognized as a legitimate medical condition: Fibromyalgia.

If Bieber Was on Anti-Depressants, He Should Be Praised, Not Mocked

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Music
Arthur Gallant

On the January 23, 2014 episode of The View and just hours after Bieber was arrested, the subject of his arrest came up. It's been alleged that Bieber was found with medication at the time of his arrest which are rumoured to be anti-depressants. Journalist, creator, and co-host of The View Barbara Walters stated that she had no idea what Bieber had to be depressed about. If Bieber has depression or some form of mental illness, then I commend him for seeking treatment. What Walters said in relation to Bieber is a widely-held misconception.

The Key Ingredient Missing From Your Resolutions

Rachel Schipper | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Schipper

For anyone who's reached a goal or manifested a dream, you know that it starts with figuring out what that dream or goal is. The rest is about applying your energy in the direction of your desire to make it happen. Running a 10k starts with a sweaty, breathless jog around the block; starting a business with a brainstorming session with your smartest friends and advisors; writing a book with opening the file and naming it.

Doctor, Please Don't Judge Me Because I Live With Anxiety

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Just because I have a mental illness doesn't mean that I don't know when I'm sick. The experience of both the doctor and me would be more fulfilling if I wasn't judged before being examined simply because of the fact that I live with anxiety and depression.

Being Gay Isn't Why I'm Depressed

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

More than once as a young person (and even in adulthood) I've encountered professionals who believe my sexual orientation is the cause of my depression. I've also encountered professionals old enough to be my grandparents who suggest my sexual orientation is a mental illness in itself. It is why I remain skeptical to this day of seeking treatment; especially with a professional I've never met before.

What to Ask Your Doctor Before Going on Antidepressants

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I have had many conversations with clients over the years where they tell me they've been feeling nauseous, panicky and depressed. The symptoms my clients describe are directly due to a reduction in, or complete termination of, their antidepressant medication. I hope the following advice is useful to patients.

Stop Using Our Personal Mental Health Records Against Us

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Independence and privacy: These are two very valuable things that we cherish in our daily lives; many of us have a habit of taking them for granted. But for those with mental illness like myself it appears as if we now have to fight vigorously to maintain our independence and privacy.

Romeo Dallaire Has Turned His Depression into Purpose

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When I read that Romeo Dallaire had been in a car accident on Parliament Hill just outside of East Block, I wondered if it was due to fatigue. I have never known him to be other than fully occupied and frequently exhausted in the course of his heavy schedule. Romeo has a lot more than just memories to fight. As he explained this week, he fights depression and remains medicated for PTSD. But he has turned his pain into a purpose, and in so doing he can get up every day.

What Depression Really Feels Like

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

To many people with depression, Sadness is a physical place, and I'm someone who lived there for many years and was able to make the journey back. That's why reading this book, by Anne Theriault of The Belle Jar Blog, resonates with me so much. Everyone's experience is different, but the depths of depression are pretty much the same no matter how you get there.