Kesha: The Holidays Are Hard If You Struggle With Mental Illness. Don’t Blame Yourself.

The holiday season is supposed to be the most festive and fun time of the year but sometimes it can quickly become a stressful and emotional time. All those plans and expectations of joy can turn tougher than they sound. This is especially true for those of us who struggle with mental illness — be it depression, anxiety, addiction or any other challenges. The holidays break your routine. Sometimes, you’re forced to spend time with family you rarely see and don’t always get along with. Or maybe you’re alone when everyone else is with family. Or you are off from…

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‘A little bit OCD’: the downside of mental health awareness

It’s mental health awareness week. So that’s good. Well, mostly. There are downsides to increased awareness of mental health, it turns out. You ever met someone who is needlessly cold or even outright rude to those who deign to engage with them? I used to work with someone like that, and eventually one of his superiors had to call him out on it. I was within earshot, and happened to hear his defence, which was something like “It’s just the way I am. I think I’m on the spectrum.” He didn’t specify which spectrum. Maybe he meant the visible spectrum?…

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Medical students face ‘alarmingly high’ rate of depression, study finds.

Medical students are at high risk for depression and suicidal ideation, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, medical students have an “alarmingly high depression prevalence” compared to what is seen in the general population, says study co-author, Dr. Douglas Mata, a resident physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. To conduct the study, researchers reviewed more than 180 studies involving 129,000 medical students worldwide, including those in Canada. They found the incidence of depression among this group was 27 per cent, compared to eight to nine per cent in the…

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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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Making a Difference in the World of Children’s Mental Health.

Love that today The Duchess of Cambridge (or also known as Princess Kate) was highlighted as the guest editor for the UK edition of the Huffington Post. She was enlisted to bring attention to the #YoungLivesMatter edition of the website highlighting the issue of children’s mental health, an often neglected area of health care and education systems around the world. This new initiative seeks to encourage individuals of all walks of life to join in on the conversation surrounding mental health, particularly young individuals in ensuring that they are able to feel loved, secure, valued, and understood. Articles in this…

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