Bioethics Explored Through Manga.

Not going to lie, I would be pretty down to take this course permitted I wasn’t in the middle of midterms and didn’t have 1000 things to do already. Although I’m not a huge fan of manga, sometimes it’s nice to have visual context to some of the toughest issues facing our healthcare systems and society in general (ex. euthanasia, abortion, drugs and studying). For someone who isn’t too familiar with the topic of bioethics, it’s an interdisciplinary field focusing on the social, legal, and ethical implications of life science and healthcare decisions or topics. I know I am a…

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Mentally ill or ill-equipped? Anxiety top issue in schools, says guidance counsellor

Are more children suffering from anxiety disorders, or are doctors too quick to write a prescription? It’s a tough subject, but one that guidance counsellor Boyd Perry does not shy away from. Perry, who is also vice-president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Counsellors and Psychologists Association, said anxiety is the number one issue seen by guidance counsellors in schools across Newfoundland and Labrador. “What we see most as counsellors right through the province is an increase in a child’s inability to deal with the stressors in their lives,” he said. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, between 10 and 20 per cent…

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Suffering.

“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” — John Tiffany & Jack Thorne Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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What My Depression Has Taught Me.

I thought I would finally start blogging a little more about my experiences with mental illness now that I am feeling a bit more motivated again. So I think the best place to start is begin to tackle some of the topics i’ve wanted to write about for the past while. I know i’m not going to hit every point I want to make in this post, but I think it’s a start and I know that I still have much to learn in the coming years. So here’s to a post about some of the things i’ve learned not…

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Reflections.

A few nights ago, I had a really heartfelt chat with someone I consider pretty close to me and someone I’ve grown to become protective over in making sure they were okay. It was in this conversation that the pointed out some of the qualities I have that I never really think about and why I do or express things the way I have. I never really gave my actions a second thought, but for me it’s a natural instinct to go over and check on people. To ask questions and to follow my gut feeling if something doesn’t feel…

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The Frozen Man.

A reminder that miracles do happen as the result of a relentless healthcare team who put in everything they had to save this young man’s life. Heartwarming to see he is now on the right track to recovery both mentally, emotionally, and physically. KINGSTON, ONT.—Tayyab Jafar walks through a gruel of slush coating the wide pier behind a King St. public works building. He stops and points to the place he died. “Right about here,” says the fourth-year Queen’s University student from Oakville. The spot is at the pier’s edge. Near a warning in long faded letters stencilled across the…

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Western University researchers develop concussion blood test with 90-per-cent accuracy rate

When Mark Daley first tabulated the results, he thought he might be wrong. They seemed too obvious; “like a lab exercise that I set for students.” And yet there it was – a way to tell if someone had suffered a concussion, and all it required was a drop of their blood. After two years of blood profiling, researchers associated with Western University have been fine-tuning a test that can determine if a person has suffered a concussion. The test comes with a 90-per-cent accuracy rate, a previously unheard count in the medical community working to unlock the mysteries of…

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Why I Became a Nurse Instead of a Doctor.

Since I’ve gotten into nursing school, many people around me have questioned one of two things 1) why did I go back to school or 2) why did I choose not to apply to medical school. Since I was a young kid, I always looked at hospitals with awe and aspired to somehow work my way in. Unlike some people who knew what they wanted to do since they were young, I never really thought about what it is I exactly wanted to do with my life. All I knew was that I wanted to be in a career that…

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Gleams of Sun.

For those close to me, many know the last few weeks have been bumpy for me. I have had plenty on my mind to think about and have sought the advice of those around me on how I have felt about a particular situation that’s been going on. Sometimes it really sucks to not only be intuitive but to also be empathic. I pick up on people’s thoughts and intentions really quickly, sometime to the extent I don’t even need to be in the same vicinity as them. I know for some that’s a completely weird concept to wrap their…

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Study: Vast Majority Of People Who Are Depressed Do Not Seek Help

“I lost more than 80 percent of my university friends,” recalls Jagannath Lamichhane. After silently struggling with depression for two decades, Lamichhane published an essay in Nepal Times about his mental illness. “I could have hid my problem — like millions of people around the world,” he says, but “if we hide our mental health, it may remain a problem forever.” Many of his friends and family didn’t agree with that logic. In Nepal — as in most parts of the world — there’s quite a lot of stigma around mental illness. That was eight years ago. Now 35-year-old Lamichhane is a mental health…

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Empathic People and Protecting Themselves.

The empathy trap: therapists and counsellors almost by definition are empathic, to facilitate clients’ recovery — but this quality can mean those carers are targets for sociopaths, aided by what Dr Jane & Tim McGregor call “apaths”.  The first UK article on this cruel sport shows how to identify and thus avoid it. People targeted by a sociopath often respond with self-deprecating comments like “I was stupid”, “what was I thinking” of “I should’ve listened to my gut instinct”. But being involved with a sociopath is like being brainwashed. The sociopath’s superficial charm is usually the means by which s/he…

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The Subprime Mortgage Crisis.

This report argues that the practice of offering subprime mortgages is unethical because it eliminates a company’s sense of fiduciary duty to the consumer and other financial institutions, contributing to the instability of the financial industry. I begin by describing the relevant features of the sub prime mortgage industry and two ethical concepts central to my argument, i.e. ‘stakeholders’ and ‘fairness’. I will then argue that the act of offering subprime mortgages detracts from a business’s ability to operate under a fiduciary duty of maintaining fairness to the consumer and other stakeholders, thereby making the practice unethical. The bankruptcy of…

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Things I’ve Realized Being a People Pleaser.

Over the past fews months i’ve come to a realization being a chronic people-pleaser. Although i’ve gotten a lot better in recent years, there’s always room for improvement. I decided to compile a list because i’m always looking for ways on how I can improve myself and learn from my mistakes. 1. I don’t know how to cut ties with anyone. I’ve always struggled with how to let go of all the toxic people in my life out of fear of hurting their feelings or making them hate me. However, I have made some drastic changes in who I keep in…

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