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Chronic pain is a distressing experience and can be difficult to ignore and get on with “life as normal.” This article will look at the steps that you can take in your day-to-day life to manage your chronic pain.
Abuse occurs when people mistreat or misuse other people, showing no concern for their integrity or innate worth as individuals, and in a manner that degrades their well-being. Abusers frequently are interested in controlling their victims. The following service providers offer services for victims of abuse across Canada,.
It is common to feel sad or discouraged after a heart attack, a cancer diagnosis, or if you are trying to manage a chronic condition like pain. You may be facing new limits on what you can do and feel anxious about treatment outcomes and the future
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. CBT is based on the concept of five areas being interconnected and affecting each other.
Going to a professional counsellor can be a worthwhile growing and stabilizing experience, good for times when you have specific problems, interpersonal problems, or generally feeling down. But what should you expect?
Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience only a few symptoms. Some people have many. The severity and frequency of symptoms, and how long they last, will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.
Most older adults feel satisfied with their lives, despite having more illnesses or physical problems. But depression in older adults may be difficult to recognize because they may show different, less obvious symptoms.
When a person has depression, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It is a real illness. It is not a sign of a person’s weakness or a character flaw. You can’t “snap out of” clinical depression.
Do you feel very happy and energized some days, and very sad and depressed on other days? Do these moods last for a week or more? Do your mood changes make it hard to sleep, stay focused, or go to work?
No amount of alcohol is safe for pregnant women to drink. Alcohol can disrupt fetal development at any stage during a pregnancy – including at the earliest stages and before a woman knows she is pregnant.
It seems pretty easy to understand that positivity leads to a happier outlook and probably a better life. Yet, people still struggle with incorporating positivity and optimistic practices into their day. Where do you start?
Witnessing a traumatic event that threatens life or physical security of a loved one can also be traumatic. This is particularly important for young children as their sense of safety depends on the perceived safety of their attachment figures.
It sounds simple. But Canada is considered one of the most overweight countries, with 25.8 per cent of the population aged 15 and over considered obese. Our lifestyles see many of us eating more calories than we need and not doing enough physical activity.
In the short term, stress can be advantageous, but when activated too often or too long, your primitive fight or flight stress response not only changes your brain but also damages many of the other organs and cells throughout your body.
Borderline personality disorder has historically been viewed as difficult to treat. But with newer, evidence-based treatment, many people with borderline personality disorder experience fewer and less severe symptoms, improved functioning, and an improved quality of life.
Just as you need to add oil and gas to your car and run the engine every now and then, you have physical, mental, and social maintenance needs. You can only ignore these needs for so long before wear and tear start to show.
It's easy to disconnect when you're on holiday but how can you manage our technology in day-to-day life so you’re not a slave to your phone and other devices? In this article, we’ve put together a list of easy, quick and effective steps to digital detoxing in moderation...and it doesn’t have to hurt much at all.
When it comes to talking to a loved one about mental health, it can be very uncomfortable because as a society we are still living with a lot of stigmas and there isn’t enough information out there to help us know how to start such a conversation. Fortunately, there's a proven way to start that conversation.
If you’re concerned that someone you manage may be suicidal, start by having a conversation. You might feel unsure about what to say, but the main thing is to be calm and non-judgmental. You don’t need to solve their problems or understand ‘why’ – just listen and encourage them to seek support or check in with their health professional.
Even under the best of circumstances, it can be hard to tell the difference between challenging behaviors and emotions that are consistent with typical child development and those that are cause for concern
Despite the fact that each of us may experience tension slightly differently, anyone can learn to release that tension. All it takes is knowing how to relax, practicing relaxation techniques, and choosing a technique that works best for you.
Men and women both experience depression but their symptoms can be very different. Because men who are depressed may appear to be angry or aggressive instead of sad, their families, friends, and even their doctors may not always recognize the anger or aggression as depression symptoms.
If you think that you or a loved one may have depression, it is important to seek treatment. A person with depression cannot simply “snap out of it”—it is a medical condition that affects your quality of life. The good news is that, in most cases, depression is treatable in older adults.
As you get older, you may go through a lot of changes—death of loved ones, retirement, stressful life events, or medical problems. It’s normal to feel uneasy, stressed, or sad about these changes. But after adjusting, many older adults feel well again. Depression is different.
In the years preceding retirement, most people seek expert advice to help with financial planning. This planning helps ensure that we can support our financial needs when we no longer have a stream of steady employment income.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition caused by witnessing or experiencing actual or threatened death, serious injury or violence. Being affected by these types of events is normal; however, if the thoughts or memories of these events start to seriously affect a person long after the event, they could be experiencing PTSD.
Problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.
Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more rewarding and fulfilling life. It is a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life, continually stretch your boundaries, and make your life, and the lives of those you touch, truly exceptional.
When you first stop smoking, your body and your mind take time to adjust. Consequently, cravings and other withdrawal symptoms can occur, usually peaking in the first few days after you quit and lasting for a few weeks beyond that. Here’s what you can expect—and what you can do.
There are many products that can help reduce your craving for nicotine and increase your chances of successfully quitting smoking. These products use various forms of nicotine delivery to replace the nicotine you obtain from smoking.
If you’ve been a life-long smoker, you might wonder if quitting is even worth it. Maybe the fear of nicotine withdrawal or the cravings prevent you from the whole idea of quitting, or maybe you have tried to quit before.
Developing social wellness involves creating a capacity for intimacy, learning good communication skills, moving beyond a personal outlook to a more global worldview, cultivating a network of caring friends and family members, and contributing to your community, country, and world.
Spiritual wellness includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe. This includes learning how to experience love, joy, peace and fulfillment and knowing how to help yourself and others achieve their full potential.
Becoming aware of the forms that abuse can take helps you to be better prepared to recognize such behavior as abusive. Once you are able to label abuse, you can begin to take steps necessary to stop it from happening or repeating.
The federal government has dramatically overhauled its iconic Canada’s Food Guide, introducing this week a new, simplified approach that encourages plant-based eating and reduces the emphasis on meat and dairy.
The process of retirement has six stages stages that most people transition through when they leave the workplace on a permanent basis. These stages do not necessarily apply to everyone but they do provide a model for predicting what you might encounter in the future.
Agoraphobia can sometimes develop if a person has a panic attack in a specific situation or environment.
They begin to worry so much about having another panic attack that they feel the symptoms of a panic attack returning when they're in a similar situation or environment.
Borderline personality disorder is an illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior. Recognizable symptoms typically show up during adolescence or early adulthood, but early symptoms of the illness can occur during childhood.
Most psychotherapy takes place with a licensed and trained mental health care professional and a patient meeting one on one or with other patients in a group setting. How do you choose from your options?
Do you sometimes have sudden attacks of anxiety and overwhelming fear that last for several minutes? Maybe your heart pounds, you sweat, and you feel like you can’t breathe or think. If so, you may have a type of anxiety disorder called panic disorder.
Do you constantly have disturbing uncontrollable thoughts? Do you feel the urge to repeat the same behaviors or rituals over and over? Are these thoughts and behaviors making it hard for you to do things you enjoy?
People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) feel extremely worried or feel nervous about these and other things—even when there is little or no reason to worry about them. The good news is that GAD is treatable.
Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for "tired all the time". But tiredness or exhaustion that goes on for a long time is not normal. It can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life.
Abuse occurs when people mistreat or misuse other people, showing no concern for their integrity or innate worth as individuals, and in a manner that degrades their well-being. So why do the victims of abuse stay?
Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health?