Ptsd

Living With Cancer And Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

The dark fear of living with cancer is like living with death on your horizon. For a long time I let myself feel like that was a certainty. First, before chemotherapy I took a stance of come what may. Since then, I've taken a more active line in trying to move away, and pursue a better, longer life. The truth was that until the appointments of this month I still had no long term vision. I was constantly repeating in my subconscious that radiation therapy was coming, to not be irrational and look into the future,but to stick in this moment and deal with it.

A Low Income Shouldn't Cost Ontarians Their Health

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr. Joshua Tepper

While the incomes of Canada's wealthiest are increasing, the absolute wealth of our poorest is decreasing. As this gap grows, so too do the differences in people's health risks, care and outcome. The poorer people are in Ontario, the more likely they are to have shorter lifespans, to be overdue for screening tests and to suffer from multiple chronic health conditions.

La Loche School Needs 24-Hour Mental Health Services: MP

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Alberta

The MP said people in the community are showing signs of PTSD.

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.

Every Day Should Be #BellLetsTalk Day

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

It takes a lot of courage to own up to your difficulties, to open up to a complete stranger, and most importantly, to be willing to roll up your sleeves and do the inner work needed to heal. It's not a walk in the park, by any stretch of the imagination.

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 11.30.2015 | 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.

8 Surprising Ways To Pull Yourself Out Of A Dark Place

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

When you've survived trauma, it's unnervingly easy to slide back into the depths. When I tumble into that headspace, there are a few things that can almost always pull me back out. Hopefully they might be helpful

Feeling Anxious? Try Playing A Video Game

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

What fascinates me as a clinician is the emergence of new, and dare I say, fun tools, to combat a traditionally difficult and solitary set of symptoms. While cognitive behavioural therapy and other forms of mental health interventions are important clinical considerations, so too is the potential role of games

What You Can Say To Someone Traumatized About Paris

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.16.2015 | 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?

What I Learned From PTSD

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

So, is there a lesson in PTSD for all of us? Yes, most definitely. If abandoned in fear, past trauma has a way of writing itself into your future like a voracious virus, but if you are willing to face it head on, you may find yourself attuned to the lesson of growth within its whisper.

Colorado Mulls Adding PTSD As Eligible Condition for Medical Pot

CP | Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | Posted 07.15.2015 | 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 07.14.2015 | 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 07.03.2015 | 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.

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

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.08.2015 | 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.

Manitoba Expanding PTSD Help For All Workers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government is expanding compensation coverage for workers with post-traumatic stress disorder.Premier Greg Selinger says a bil...

I've Learned to Live With PTSD

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.04.2015 | 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.

We Must Pay More Than Lip Service to Our Soldiers and Veterans

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Canadian soldiers returned from World War II, local business and community leaders formed committees to ensure vets had jobs and the support they needed to start a new life. It's time to re-examine that idea. Soldiers deserve more than a handshake when their service ends. "Support our Troops" must be more than an empty slogan on a bumper sticker.

If It Doesn't Bring You Joy, Let It Go

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I sat across from my therapist as she said: "So, in your own words, can you tell me what it feels like? "Well... have you ever run across a grass...

Battling PTSD, This Woman Made The Gym Her Anti-Depressant

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Living

Who: Ellierose O’Rourke Occupation: Nurse City: St. John’s, N.L. Height: 4'11" By The Numbers: 177 pounds at my heaviest, currently 112 p...

Difficult To Find Mental Health Staff For Remote Military Posts: DND

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Defence's pool of candidates for vacant mental health positions dried up quickly last spring when civilian recruits were told they w...

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...

Can We Let Go of These Mental Illness Stereotypes?

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I have openly talked about my use of laxatives for years; I make no secret of the hours and days spent avoiding food, and more specifically eating it; I talk about my death and my desire to die as though I were sharing a favourite recipe; my naps are long, and often I refuse to actually wake from them, instead pulling covers over my head and pointing to the door with a hissed, "Get out get out."