#WelcomeToCanada

It’s absolutely disgusting and heartbreaking watching President Trump put into place blanket prohibitions in turning away refugees and immigrants. As a citizen of a country that prides itself on diversity and a global citizen I refuse to turn my back on people who need our support. Immigrants have helped contribute to the wealth of knowledge that once made America so powerful on the world stage. Trump has shown blatant disregard for international law. He is not just saying they will no longer take refugees. He is banning people who are already vetted, who already have visas, who already have green…

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Anger Management.

I often hear clients say, “they made me feel ___” or “I had no choice but to yell back.” This is absurd. We always have choices, but the reality is that we just don’t like our options. How do we not take it personally when someone says, ‘You’re a pain in the ass’? Well what does it mean when we are a ‘pain in the ass?’  Is it literal? Do we cause a physical pain to occur in their rear? No, it means we are being insulted. We aren’t taught how to cope with this stuff in school. Our teacher…

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The First Steps.

To be honest, it’s crazy to think about how far my mental health journey has taken me over the past 4 years that i’ve been able to share my experiences. It hasn’t been an easy 4 years and I realize this is going to be a life-long journey in how I learn to manage, adapt, and cope with my depression and anxiety. It’s not easy being a student on top of everything. The amount of stress that is placed on me at times is incredible when it comes time to balance work, nursing school, finishing my master’s, community service, and…

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PTSD.

Lady Gaga revealed in a “Today” segment that aired Monday that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, almost exactly two years after she opened up about being raped at the age of 19. “I suffer from a mental illness — I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before, so here we are,” the singer said. “But the kindness that’s been shown to me by doctors — as well as my family and my friends — it’s really saved my life.” she added. “I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” The 30-year-old…

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Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas to those celebrating today and Happy Holidays to those who celebrate other awesome holidays. The holidays can bring about things such as stress and depression for some individuals due to the cheeriness, business, and demands that come along with all the festivities. For others it can be reminders of loneliness, sadness, and grief. For those who may not have anywhere to go or anyone to confide in, know there are resources available to you. Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression (Mayo Clinic)  When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent…

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Big Bad Anxiety.

To be honest I never really understood what anxiety did to an individual until today. While out shopping I had one of the most embarrassing and scary moments of my life. I experienced a full on anxiety attack in the middle of the food court full of Christmas shoppers and other guests. I was all of a sudden flooded with overthinking recent events and thoughts of previous memories and slowly began to feel like I had tunnel vision in my eyes.I started to feel incredibly hot, constricted, and felt like my chest was tightening making it hard to breathe. Then I…

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Where To Get Help.

The holidays can be a tough time for many individuals struggling with various forms of mental illness. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help. The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868  all offer ways for getting help if you, or someone you know, is suffering from mental health issues. Don’t hold back and be afraid to reach out to get support.

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Enzyme Research Provides a New Picture of Depression.

Despite the fact that more than four percent of the world’s population suffer from depression, and even though approximately 1,500 individuals commit suicide each year in Sweden, the understanding of the pathophysiology of depression remains unclear and only a few new discoveries of mechanisms behind it have been made in recent years. New approved pharmacological interventions are mainly absent, despite intensive research on the subject. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have characterized the role of the enzyme CYP2C19 in depression and functional and morphological changes in the brain. The enzyme is responsible for the metabolism of many neuroactive compounds, including antidepressants,…

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The Fourth.

To be honest, i’m not sure where I am or how i’m doing these days. Everything kind of just seems likes its a haze. Sometimes I have a lot of emotions, little energy and no concentration. Other days i’m on fire, completely engaged in everything and able to focus on what I need to do. It’s a little overwhelming to realize it was 4 years ago to the day that I was diagnosed with major depression.  So here we go, my four year anniversary post. I realize opening up about my struggles with depression can bring judgment from people, but…

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Why We Need To Talk About High-Functioning Depression

(Photo: Pexels/Freestocks.org) By Emily Laurence for Well+Good To an outside observer, Amanda Leventhal, a college student at the University of Missouri, appears to have it all together. Perfect grades, a good group of friends, involvement in her campus choir group—she’s not someone many would characterize as “depressed.” And yet, she is. It wasn’t until Leventhal penned an essay on her secret struggle with anxiety and depression that her friends knew anything was even wrong. Antidepressant ads and pop-culture portrayals of depression often paint the same picture: withdrawal from friends or favorite activities, trouble sleeping, and crying. While those are signs, the problem is that…

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