Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Lady Gaga Reveals She Has PTSD

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living

Two years ago the singer said she had been raped at 19, an experience that left her traumatized.

How Animal Therapy Can Change Lives

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Get Leashed Magazine

While physical disabilities like blindness more obviously demonstrate the need for a service dog, the animals can be trained to serve a host of people with invisible illnesses as well. These service dogs learn how to respond to mental health issues including PTSD and social anxiety; detect silent conditions like irregular heartbeats or blood sugar levels; and provide emotional support for victims of sexual abuse.

What I Know About PTSD I Didn't Learn In Medical School

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

The diagnosis of PTSD requires that a person has "...experienced, witnessed or been confronted with an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others." The traumatic event must provoke intense fear, helplessness, or horror.

How Some People Find Happiness After A Trauma

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Years ago, an emergency doctor mentioned something that always stayed with me. Despite having spent his career treating people who had, in many cases, barely survived major traumas, he said many were happier people afterwards. How is it that someone could go through something so difficult and be happier?

PTSD In The Wake Of Abuse Is A Reality For Many Women

Lauren Messervey | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Teal Swan was only six years old when she found herself in the hands of her abuser and forced into a nightmarish world that a lot of people were unwilling (or unable) to believe. For the better part of 13 years, she was was raped, beaten and psychologically tortured by people who she was told to trust.

What The Ghomeshi Trial Does Not Tell Us About Dating Violence

Yolande Cohen | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Yolande Cohen

One important societal reality that has not been highlighted during the Jian Ghomeshi trial is that interpersonal dating violence occurs in an astounding proportion of young people's relationships. What we are seeing here are policies intended to assist women in lifting the burden of disclosure having an opposite effect.

I Fled My Country For Canada After Being Diagnosed With PTSD

Street Haven | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Street Haven

My family regarded me as a worthless and dangerous person in need of being chained up. In my country, mental health is not understood as it is in Canada. It is considered dangerous and weak. My family began to speak out against me and I knew that I had to flee my country in order to be safe.

5 New Rules For Canadians To Watch For In January

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Politics

Expect these rules to impact your health and wealth

Ontario May View PTSD As Workplace Illness For First Responders

CBC | CBC News | Posted 01.03.2016 | Canada Politics

"What [it would] mean is that you wouldn't have to prove ... that you came down with post-traumatic stress disorder because of your work."

Employers Must Address Emotional Trauma In The Workplace

Bill Wilkerson | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Business
Bill Wilkerson

In the wake of Paris, employers must remain alert to the potential "emotional aftermath" of terrorist attacks among employees. Such events can cause considerable potential trauma and anxiety for workers, and employers have a responsibility to ensure that the workplace remains a venue of safety, security and open discourse.

What You Can Say To Someone Traumatized About Paris

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

We don't have to have been in Paris on Friday to be deeply affected by this event. What do we need to know to protect our mental wellness?

These Mounties Want PTSD Sufferers To Know They're Not Alone

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Impact

"I have PTSD. And you are not alone."

Colorado Mulls Adding PTSD As Eligible Condition for Medical Pot

CP | Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada

Adults over 21 can buy marijuana, but medical patients can possess twice as much

How Mindfulness Meditation Is Transforming Our Society

Charles Francis | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Charles Francis

Today, people who meditate are seen as progressive and open-minded. Whatever term we may use to describe them, they are generally loving, kind, generous, insightful, and willing to help others achieve the same rich and fulfilling lives they have.

I Have Been Losing Time to PTSD

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.03.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Over the past few years, I've written extensively about, and on many occasions have spoken candidly of my struggles with addiction, mental health issues, and sexual violence. I have grown to believe that the greatest antidote to fear is honesty, and it's with this in mind, that I share the following with you. For the past few months, I've engaged in a convoluted relationship with time. It all started out rather innocent. Hours were slipping away from me, and I had absolutely no idea how to account for that lost time.

How To Get Management To Break Up With Your Boss

Craig Dave | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Business
Craig Dave

A workplace bully mistakenly believes that hassling, nagging, micro-managing, and scolding others is the only way to "get things done." From the outside looking in, it's clear that these individuals, whether they are co-workers or managers, suffer from a distinct lack of imagination.

I'm Running a Triple Marathon to Show the Resilience of Sexual Assault Survivors

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As a scared child, I ran away from the abuse around me, and as an adult, I used drugs and alcohol to run away from the trauma inside me. But here's the interesting part -- shortly after I got clean and sober, I actually took up the sport of running. This fall, I will be running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times in the same day (126.6 km), not as a fundraiser, but simply to show others how resilient we are, even after the trauma of sexual violence. But most importantly, I hope that my campaign will build upon the momentum we are starting to see in the media about the prevalence of sexual violence and the need to address the countless lives that lay in its wake.

I've Learned to Live With PTSD

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.04.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

My name is Jean-Paul, and I am in treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Hearing me say that usually elicits one of two responses in people -- abject pity or recoiling fear. I want you to know that I understand where you're coming from, but allow me a few minutes to see if we can change this dialogue.

Mountie's Death A Terrible Loss: RCMP

CP | Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada

FREDERICTON - The death of RCMP Cpl. Ron Francis, who helped draw attention to post-traumatic stress disorder among emergency first responders, is a t...

What We Learned From This Terrifying Flight

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Thirteen years ago next week marks what could have been a grim anniversary: Air Transat Flight 236, bound to Lisbon from Toronto, crash-land...

'People Have Committed Suicide During The Wait Periods'

CBC | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada

Canadian soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder have waited up to six months for assessments and treatment, CBC News has learned. ...

Officer Takes Own Life Years After Bus Beheading

Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada

An RCMP officer, who was among the first officers to respond to a horrific scene aboard a Greyhound bus, has reportedly taken his own life. The fam...

Edmonton Veteran Finds Unique Way To Cope With PTSD

CBC | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Alberta

Watching Trevor Petersen standing on his paddleboard, wading calmly through the water, you would never know he suffers from a debilitating disorder. ...

Breaking the Silence Around PTSD in the Military

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

No one would question a cancer diagnosis, or any other medicial condition, except when it comes to PTSD. Suddenly, everyone is a mental health expert. Nobody would dare question cancer, but PTSD? Fair game. In fact, it would be unthinkable to even not question it. The military culture demands it.

Snug Vest Is Therapeutic, Stylish Hug For Kids With Autism

John F. Gray | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

While volunteering and working with autistic children, Lisa Fraser noticed one of the key therapeutic devices of the day was, in her eyes, really ugly. The weighted vests was like slapping a label on kids and saying "Hey, look at me! I'm different." She believed that bringing a better design and even some style into these kids' lives, was an endeavour worth pursuing.