Canada Ptsd

Medical Marijuana Could Help End Canada's Veteran Suicide Crisis

Marc Davis | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Former Canadian combat engineer Fabian Henry used to thrive on adrenaline - especially in combat zones - during his 12 years in the military. Now he smokes medical marijuana to avoid stressors that remind him of his most disturbing wartime experiences. And that's what now keeps him sane, he says.

Canada's Food Guide Needs To Reflect Our Microbes

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Over the last decade, researchers have gained insight into how certain gut microbes, particularly bacteria, influence our health. They have learned the mere presence of some species can affect us. Yet the majority of effects on wellness come as a result of the byproducts these organisms make.

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.

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.

Beyond The Stigma Of Mental Illness Lies The Real Us

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Is there anything more tragic than going through life "unseen," feeling crushingly alone despite being in community? That's exactly what living with the stigma of compromised mental health feels like.

Resilience Is Found In 'The Return'

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

A few years ago, I disclosed to my wife that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse -- a secret I thought I would harbor in my soul until the day I died. What is someone to do when the person they so dearly love shares such searing pain with them?

Toronto Air Show Triggers The Trauma Of War

Craig Damian Smith | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Craig Damian Smith

Welcoming refugees into our communities implies a responsibility to provide a safe environment for rehabilitation and integration. Yet this weekend thousands of our neighbours will be exposed to trauma in a spectacle many of us would do away with in the first place. The air show is nothing like a charity bike ride. In a city with a large population of refugee newcomers and people who have experienced the trauma of war it is insulting, invasive, and violent.

When You Don't Want to Believe He Did It

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

We see celebrities who we admire as "friends". We support their work, we cheer them on, and we ardently defend them when someone makes an accusation against them. In the eyes of millions of people, Johnny Depp is a hero, an onscreen buddy, and who wants to believe that your best film buddy abused his wife?

► Life, Death, And Service In The Canadian Forces

Salute | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada

Four stories of life, death, and service in the Canadian Forces.

Discrimination Against People With Service Dogs Is Sadly Still A Thing

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

You'd think that the most difficult thing about being a blind triathlete is being blind. But in fact it's not. The most difficult thing about being a blind triathlete is having to deal with the blindness of sighted people's attitudes.

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 11.30.2016 | 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.

8 Surprising Ways To Pull Yourself Out Of A Dark Place

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.25.2016 | 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 11.19.2016 | 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 11.16.2016 | 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?

What I Learned From PTSD

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 08.30.2016 | 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 07.15.2016 | 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.