Category: About Mental Illness (page 1 of 7)

What is PTSD?

You’ve likely heard about soldiers who return from deployment and develop PTSD. The movies show them returning home, and when fireworks go off in the background, it triggers an anxiety attack. While this scenario is realistic for many Canadian veterans, they aren’t the only ones who live with this condition. Keep reading to learn more about PTSD. 

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

It’s normal to feel an occasional lack of confidence in your appearance or to have insecurities about your body. However, for some, these insecurities can become obsessions that detract from the ability to live a fulfilling life, also known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Here, we’ll explore what BDD is and how it can be treated.

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‘Navigating’ the System: A Mother’s Story

Navigating the mental health system was difficult for us – ultimately it was tragic.  We began when my son was 6. He was tested to see if he was epileptic because he’d get so excited that he’d shake. He was not. 

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Behind the Headlines: A Look at Indigenous Mental Health

Despite the increased discussion of mental illness across Canada, and an awareness of where some of the gaps exist, there is still a huge issue that remains unaddressed. Do you remember the horrendous reports of Indigenous, Inuit and Métis youth suicides?  Native healers and government interventions have stemmed the losses however, the underlying causes remain unchanged and a significant portion of Canada’s population is woefully underserved.  As vulnerable youths become young adults, they will need other mental health supports.

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Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy

As humans, our ability to sleep and rest during the night is critical for us to be able to function during the day. Consider the last time you didn’t get a good night’s rest; you might have struggled the following day to maintain focus and energy. 

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