Category: About Mental Illness (page 1 of 6)

Exploring Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

In the history of mental illness and psychology, there have been many proposed forms of treatment. However, the most effective are those that are evidence-based, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Here, we’re going to explore what DBT is, who it helps, and how you can access this treatment for yourself or loved ones.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

All humans worry from time to time. However, for those living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), worrisome thoughts can quickly become obsessions that can only be relieved with compulsive behaviours. Here, we’ll dive into what this mental illness comprises, the myths about OCD, and where to seek treatment.

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COVID-19 has added to the mental health crisis: digital tools can help

This post was contributed by Dr. Deanne Simms, President and CEO of ThriveSpace Health and Wellness, a company that enhances digital health care. She is also the Clinical Director of the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy program at the Canadian Mental Health Association – York Region and South Simcoe. We are very fortunate to have Deanne as a member of our Board of Directors.

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Hope and Healing: The efficacy of a farm based therapeutic community for those with serious mental illness

Image of snowy farm fieldRural. Residential. Recovery based. These are the 3 Rs of the Eli’s Place model.  It’s a place that helps young adults with serious mental health challenges (such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other serious mental health challenges) to rebuild and regain their lives.

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Many of us feel nervous when we have to give a presentation or meet new people – these situations can be especially challenging if you’re naturally shy. However, being shy and having occasional performance anxiety is not the same as living with social anxiety disorder. Here, we’ll explore what social anxiety is, why it can be so disabling, and how you can learn to manage it.  

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