Mental Health Privacy Policies Leave Families In The Dark

Marvin Ross | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

One of the biggest complaints that families of the mentally ill have is the failure of the health system to provide them with information. Families provide ongoing care, support and housing,and yet the privacy legislation in most jurisdictions in both Canada and the U.S. prohibit staff from talking to them.

There May Be A Social Reason For The 'Man Cold'

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's about that time of year when those cold and flu viruses will be making yet another surge across the country. For most of us, this will be just another moment where we've caught a bug. But for some, particularly men, the experience may cause a unique consequence more commonly known as the "man cold."

The Difference Between Self-Exploration and Selfie Obsession

Amy-Rose Lane | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Living
Amy-Rose Lane

For those who came of age with a smartphone, the revolutionary impact of social media meant that you didn't just see yourself through the eyes of your peers. You could curate your own narrative. This has caused a quiver of psychologists to point out the detrimental effects of creating your identity online.

10 Ways to Reclaim Your Willpower

Jean Luc Boissonneault | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Living
Jean Luc Boissonneault

Did you know that your willpower depends on a limited psychological resource. That means that the more willpower you currently have to exercise the harder it will be to make a change. What you need to do is try to change your environment to remove as much need for willpower as possible.

Change Your Self-Perception, Change Your Self-Image

Collette Gee | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

How an individual perceives him/herself is either a real or distorted view of who they believe they really are, not always who they actually are, or how others see them for that matter. People either develop a positive or a negative self-image based upon their perception of a past experience or event. Therefore, an individual's strengths and weaknesses are a direct manifestation of how a person evaluates themselves.

One Year Later: Lessons From Robin Williams' Suicide

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

On August 11, 2014, Robin's life shockingly ended in suicide. Much commentary ensued over the past year. On this first-year anniversary of his passing, it seems more than appropriate to ask the question: What have we learned from Robin Williams' suicide?

What Mountain Communities Could Teach Us About Climate Change

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Tamara Griffiths

Will mountains become hotbeds of authoritarian tendencies since climate warming is so pronounced? We are culturally induced to associate mountains with freedom, and many massifs in Europe were famous centres for rebellion against the fascists in WWII. What psychological reaction to climate change may people in mountains have?

Going on Holiday May Save Our Minds and Our Economy

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Who killed summer vacation? That's the million dollar question -- literally. Long gone are the days of casually taking a few weeks off with the family to go on a road trip, or jetting off to a remote destination where the real world ceases to exist. This is a problem.

Why Emotions Are Important When Making Decisions

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I was recently at a restaurant and overheard the patrons to my right having a discussion. One of them said: "You should never make decisions out of fear." Everyone at the table seemed to nod approvingly at this piece of advice.

Taking Cold Showers in the Middle of Winter Changed My Life

Geeta Nadkarni | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Business
Geeta Nadkarni

I started a 30-day cold shower program after I realized that many of my other entrepreneurial heroes like Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss also use cold showers to prime themselves for their day. Why? Because, as I discovered first hand, a cold shower is like a Rorschach ink blot test for all the crap you carry around in your mental backpack. The crap that holds you back from greatness.

Why We're All So Obsessed With the Paranormal

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Living
Parmjit Parmar

Here are a few reasons why vampires, paranormal activity and supernatural stories continue to intrigue and entertain our society.

Why We Need To Let People in Gaza Know That Their Community Is Waiting to Help

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Romeo Vitelli

Since 2001, Palestinian militants have launched thousands of mortar and missile attacks directed against the southern part of Israel, particularly th...

Why I Don't Like The Term 'Mental Illness'

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I have to admit something embarrassing. I am a registered psychologist working in private practice, and I don't know what the term mental illness means. Well, on a general level I know that it refers to psychological problems, but I don't know exactly what is meant by the "illness" part.

We Need More Research and Less Shaming When Talking About Anti-Vaxxers

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

I understand people's anger toward anti-vaccination and other "non-scientific" belief systems. But let's use science to help solve the problem, and not let our emotions get the better of us. Rather than type insults on Twitter, our time might be best spent advocating for more research grant money to help better understand this important issue.

Cynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your Health

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

When the researchers looked at how Type A behaviour was linked to cardiovascular disease however, the results were very different. Stress, neuroticism, cynicism, and paranoia were all significant predictors of cardiovascular disease although being ambitious and hard-driven were not.

How Similar Are Humans to Chimpanzees and Orangutans?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

What do these study findings actually suggest about human personality? Seeing similar personality trends in other species that have a shared evolutionary history with humans provides strong evidence that biology plays an important role in personality, perhaps even more than social or cultural influences.

The 10 Money Fears that Block Women From Wealth

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

As a therapist I have worked with many successful women who have the "fraud syndrome," where they think they do not deserve the success they are experiencing and that somebody somehow will find out that they are faking it. There are also those who are suspicious of success and power. Here are some of the common blocks and defeating thoughts that women commonly experience.

How to Survive a Character Assassination

Ryan Pannell | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Ryan Pannell

If you are a dynamic, successful individual, a born leader, highly charismatic, popular, attractive, or all of these things, then at some point you are guaranteed to be the target of character assassination. Given how damaging character assassination can be, it's worthwhile having in your toolkit the means to survive one -- and not just survive: PREVAIL.

How Do We Help Drone Operators Facing Burnout?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Romeo Vitelli

Despite the high rates of exhaustion and cynicism in drone operators, only a very small percentage of drone operators met the formal criteria for occupational burnout or viewed themselves as being ineffective at their jobs. The exhausting schedules that drone operators need to follow are definitely cause for concern due to the increased risk of mishaps during drone missions.

Why We Need To Increase Insurance Coverage For Private Psychological Care

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Increasing insurance benefits increases access to private care, which has become a necessity in Canada. Those wanting psychological treatments must either choose between public care (ex: psychologist in a hospital) or private care (ex: psychologist in private practice). Unfortunately, there tend to be unreasonable wait lists for access to public care (typically one year or longer).

Why We Don't Need a Blood Test to Diagnose Depression

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

For those who are unfamiliar with this latest science story, researchers in the U.S. claim they can diagnose depression using a blood sample. Why would we need a blood test to do something professionals can already accomplish on their own in a fairly short period of time? The most touted benefit of this test seemed to be that it would offer the first "objective" measurement of depression. In the present case, the problem with trying to find an "objective" method of diagnosing depression is that "depression" and "diagnosis of depression" are two separate things.

Are Bikers and Hikers Really That Different?

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Living
Tamara Griffiths

Research is showing that high-risk sport can serve many other personal goals beyond thrill seeking. For example Castanier et al. found that 'escape self-awareness' was a key motivation in their study of high-risk sportsmen. Escape self-awareness means, as the term suggests, turning your thinking away from yourself by engaging in high-risk activities that absorb all concentration.

These Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman' Before Tragedy Strikes

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Lone-acting offenders were far more likely to have a history of mental illness than offenders who had been part of a group. Lone-actors with mental illness were also more likely to have a spouse or partner who was part of a larger movement (making them more vulnerable to outside influences) and to have parents who were divorced. Though offenders acting alone are often characterized as being "loners" without any real sources of emotional support, that doesn't appear to be the case.

The Complexity of Closing Gaps in Canada's Mental Health Care System

Karen R. Cohen | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Living
Karen R. Cohen

Earlier this week, Marvin Ross reached out to the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for a piece that he was writing for HuffPost about the significant needs and gaps when it comes to "serious mental illness" in Canada. The issues and needs when it comes to Canada's mental health and illness are complex, however, and we wanted to make an opportunity to share our perspective first hand.

Why We Need Mandatory Psychological Tests For Foreign Adoptive Parents

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Previous reports stated that Maxim had a positive relationship with Massimo Maravalle and his wife Patrizia but questions are now being raised about what signs may have been missed. Other witnesses have reported that the suspect had been seen shaking Maxim a few days before his death although it is still unknown whether psychiatric problems contributed to his actions.