Being Happy.

“Too many people neglect to make their mental health a priority! And so it gets forgotten about and put in the ‘too-hard’ or ‘too-busy.’ But just like physical health, mental health really should be considered non-negotiable because without it, we have nothing else. If I had to limit the key ingredients to happiness and good mental health to just a few I’d say good quality relationships and connectedness, good physical health and well-being, living a life with meaning and purpose, loving oneself and others, and having a sense of hope and optimism for the future.” —Timothy Sharp, Ph.D., clinical psychologist…

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Busy Bee.

Life is in full gear right now. I’m definately missing keeping up with my blog, but I’ve been finding it incredibly hard to find time to update. Hoping after this week things will start to settle down, but I realize I have a looooot to catch up on with school. How about that biochem or even more nerve wrecking the second round of objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). I have quite a few blog post ideas that are running through my mind though and i’m pretty excited to get to it whenever I get the chance. Crazy to think just…

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Clinical depression: Shining a light on the world’s leading cause of disability.

Keith Dobson is a professor of clinical psychology who leads UCalgary’s Depression Research Laboratory and heads the Department of Psychology. When Dobson was a teenager, though, his family lived on a farm north of Edmonton, and his father had a drinking problem. The farm work began to slip. Things began to fray. His father became distant, staying to himself, and then increasingly absent. Though he didn’t know it at the time, Dobson was witnessing his father’s descent into depression. “Looking back on it, my father was significantly depressed,” says Dobson. “The extreme avoidance and isolation were the key features of…

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The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma.

“A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity,” William James asserted in his revolutionary 1884 theory of how our bodies affect our feelings. Two generations later, Rilke wrote in a beautiful letter of advice to a young woman: “I am not one of those who neglect the body in order to make of it a sacrificial offering for the soul, since my soul would thoroughly dislike being served in such a fashion.” And yet in the century since, we’ve made little progress on making sense — much less making use — of the inextricable dialogue between the physical body and…

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What It Feels Like To Have Anxiety, Because It Isn’t Us ‘Being Crazy.

Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice. It knows all your insecurities and uses them against you. It gets to the point when it’s the loudest voice in the room, no matter how much you try to get rid of it, it’s just there. Having no control over your own mind, your thoughts, your worries is scary. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world, especially when everything could be perfectly fine, but your mind tricks you into believing everything’s so wrong. It makes you question: “is something wrong with me?” and apologize for being crazy,…

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Ontario to authorize registered nurses to prescribe drugs.

The Ontario government will soon authorize registered nurses to prescribe certain medications independently and to communicate diagnoses, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins said Tuesday. “By introducing proposed amendments to the Nursing Act this spring, we will authorize RNs to prescribe certain drugs for non-complex conditions and to communicate a diagnosis for the purpose of prescribing, making it easier and faster for Ontarians to get the high-quality health care they deserve,” Hoskins said in a statement Tuesday. Hoskins said working with nurses is the latest among “significant improvements” the Liberals have made to Ontario’s health-care system since 2003. “Increased access to health…

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The Woman Who Put Men On The Moon.

MARGARET HAMILTON WASN’T supposed to invent the modern concept of software and land men on the moon. It was 1960, not a time when women were encouraged to seek out high-powered technical work. Hamilton, a 24-year-old with an undergrad degree in mathematics, had gotten a job as a programmer at MIT, and the plan was for her to support her husband through his three-year stint at Harvard Law. After that, it would be her turn—she wanted a graduate degree in math. But the Apollo space program came along. And Hamilton stayed in the lab to lead an epic feat of…

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International Women’s Day.

Regardless if you are male, female, or identify with none of the above, I encourage you to wear red today. This isn’t about being an American, it’s about standing in solidarity with all our fellow sisters wherever they be in this world. We live in a world where many women don’t have the right to do things such as vote, receive an education, or drive. We also live in a society where women’s work is looked down upon and are paid less to the dollar for the same work that our male counterparts do. A society in which men feel they…

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When One Door Closes.

If there is any statement that is more true in life it is that – when one door closes other doors will open. I’ve come to the realization that there are so many different opportunities and directions to go in life that doors are always waiting for you to go through them and experience what is beyond them. You just have to choose which ones you want to go through and which ones you want to leave behind. Last summer, after my major bout of depression I found out I would not be able to go back to my summer…

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Medicating Women’s Feelings

WOMEN are moody. By evolutionary design, we are hard-wired to be sensitive to our environments, empathic to our children’s needs and intuitive of our partners’ intentions. This is basic to our survival and that of our offspring. Some research suggests that women are often better at articulating their feelings than men because as the female brain develops, more capacity is reserved for language, memory, hearing and observing emotions in others. These are observations rooted in biology, not intended to mesh with any kind of pro- or anti-feminist ideology. But they do have social implications. Women’s emotionality is a sign of…

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An Open Essay on Post-Partum Depression.

Hollywood, a distorted reality of making motherhood look so easy. The glitz and the glamour of welcoming a new born and having your face flashed across the screens of millions. That achieving a beach body two weeks post-partum is realistic or that all the healthy meals being freshly made is as easy as it looks. I have mixed feeling about Chrissy Teigen. On one hand she’s witty, honest, and takes no shit, but on the she has the luxury of money and fame to allow her the time to do things like hire nannies, chefs, and maids to help do the…

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Your Brain on Poverty.

A couple of weeks ago I listened to an excellent podcast series on poverty in America. One message that stuck with me is just how many factors the poor have working against them—factors that, if you’re not poor, are all too easy to deny, disregard, or simply fail to notice. In the March issue of Scientific American, neuroscientist Kimberly Noble highlights one such invisible, yet very real, element of poverty: its effect on brain development in children. When considering such a complex topic, any sort of data-driven approach can feel mired in confounding factors and variables. After all, it’s not…

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Shine.

I will shine on tomorrow Light the way for all to follow In the darkness I will shine I will shine on forever Take my chance now or never In the darkness I will shine —  Shine, Samy Yusuf

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To The Girls That Have Been Cheated On.

I thought I would try something different today and write an open letter to the girls that have had their heart broken by someone who has cheated on them. We all make promises, of course. We all tell people we love them, we care for them, we could never live without them, but much of the time it turns out to be nothing more than empty, wishful thinking. I don’t doubt the words per se, but I do think in time actions speak louder than words. They say you often hurt the people you care for the most and to an extent…

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