Canada Depression

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.

Physician-Assisted Dying Isn't Always A Choice For The Vulnerable

Jennifer Chandler | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Jennifer Chandler

One of the consistent worries voiced throughout Canada's long national discussion of physician assisted dying is the desire to protect vulnerable people. One fear is that people with disabilities may be directly pressured or coerced into consenting to medical aid in dying. More insidiously though, vulnerable people may come to desire death due to a lack of any reasonable alternative to their suffering. For this reason, many have called for us to redouble our attention to providing access to high quality palliative care so that people are not driven toward medically assisted death by uncontrolled pain.

The 5 Stages Of Grief Explain The Rise Of Trump

David Martin | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Accepting your own death or the death of a loved one is a healthy and liberating step. In the case of Mr. Trump, however, it's not entirely clear whose death is being accepted. If it's the demise of the Republican Party, that may be a good thing. If it's the end of America, then it's probably not.

My Patients Suffer When You Doubt Their Mental Illness

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

The in-patient doctor had quipped, "You're on too much medication." In the span of a few seconds, five words undid years of hard work. Those words powerfully undermined Lillian's confidence and stirred up her long-held fear that her illness was a weakness. Once again she was depressed, anxious, unable to sleep properly and withdrawn from family, friends and her community.

As A Tamil Man, I Suffered In Silence During Our Unwanted Pregnancy

TamilCulture | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Parents
TamilCulture

As Tamils, we find unwed pregnancy to be such a crime that it restricts those who need someone to lean on in times of despair. I had no one I could go to.My partner did not want anyone to know. From the day we found out we were pregnant to months after we had aborted the child, I had to keep all of my emotions to myself.

I Have Mourned 14 Deaths By Suicide, Isn't That Enough?

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

I have been to 14 funerals since turning 17 years old. Fourteen people who were friends, co-workers, crushes, debate partners, school mates and amazing members of the world's community. Fourteen people whose families and friends I sat next to at funeral services, whom I heard whisper "If I would have known," "How could I miss the signs?" and the awful "How could they do this to us?"

Senator Wants To See Support, Not Assisted Suicide, For Mentally Ill

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics

People suffering from mental-health challenges need support and resources even if they have given up on themselves, she said.

The Biggest Lie We Can Believe Is That We Are Alone

Shawna Scafe | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Living
Shawna Scafe

This lie shuts us down, blocks out others, isolates us, shames us and perpetuates those heavy feelings and weight of our already hefty burdens. So don't make another excuse not to call. Pick up the phone, my dear friend. I will listen to your story one more time, and one more time again.

How To Support Your Kids And Really Be There For Them

Kids Help Phone | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

One question we often receive at Kids Help Phone is, "what can parents do if they need advice on how to support their child?" Helping youth navigate friendships, school, break-ups, mental health, bullying, abuse, self-harm, suicide, or any other concern that youth face can be very challenging... I wanted to write this blog to help provide parents with some direction about how to be there for kids.

5 Foods That Fight Symptoms Of Depression

Abigail Keeso | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Keeso

What we eat can either positively or negatively impact our mental health... There are foods out there that can help fight symptoms of depression. These foods are reparative, help to maintain chemical balances, promote brain health and fulfill all our weird and wonderful nutritional needs.

When Someone You Love Is Depressed

Lisa Brookman | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Brookman

Although we wish they would just "snap out of it" and stop feeling sorry for themselves, it's important to remember that depression is an illness, not sadness or self-pity... People don't enjoy being depressed. It's certainly not a choice. If they could just "snap out of it and get over it," then trust me, they would.

Postpartum Depression Isn't Normal, It's Complicated

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

When a friend says postpartum depression is normal, I get disappointed. When a psychologist says postpartum depression is normal, I get worried. When a New York Times best selling author and former U.S. congressional candidate with hundreds of thousands of followers says that postpartum depression is normal, I get livid.

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 02.16.2016 | 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.