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The Physical & Psychological Toll Of PTSD

The Physical & Psychological Toll Of PTSD

Based on research from the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, anxiety disorders are the most prominent mental illness in the country. In any given year, approximately 9% of Canadian men and 16% of Canadian women are affected. Anxiety disorders can include generalized anxiety disorder, which accounts for just shy of 2% of all anxiety disorders, panic disorder (0.7%), obsessive-compulsive disorder (1.8%), specific phobias (6%-8%), social phobias (6.7%), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The only difference between these is that there is very little data available on...
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Prince Harry’s Mental & Physical Health Initiative For the Armed Forces

Prince Harry’s Mental & Physical Health Initiative For the Armed Force...

In late April of 2020 it was announced that Prince Harry, after recently abdicating his royal duties, has created a new fitness app aimed at the military community.  The central idea of the app is to provide military personnel with the tools to be more proactive about their physical and mental health. Called HeadFIT, the program has reportedly been in the making for nearly three years.  HeadFIT has been created with Britain’s Defence community in mind, offering round-the-clock access to self-help tools that are meant to help with managing mood, drive, and...
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Why It’s Important for Celebs to Talk About Mental Health Struggles

Why It’s Important for Celebs to Talk About Mental Health Struggles

For many people, the sense of isolation can be one of the most daunting things about dealing with a mental health condition.  That’s why it can be a relief to discover that other people – including those who are highly successful – have been through their own battles with mental health. Everyone’s individual journey is unique, but mental health issues are relatively common. Knowing that other people have faced similar obstacles can make your own task feel a little less intimidating. The challenge is to find a way to escape your own bubble and to connect with people...
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Loneliness in a World of Social Distancing

Loneliness in a World of Social Distancing

More than 37 million people are living in Canada, yet many Canadians have never felt more alone as they do in the unprecedented times of COVID-19. The Angus Reid Institute and the Cardus think tank collaborated on a recent study that found that before the pandemic, an astonishing 23 percent of the country experienced extreme loneliness and social isolation. Imagine the number in the time since.  The mandatory measures currently in place restricting people from visiting their friends and loved ones have no doubt ushered in new mental health challenges stemming from...
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How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

As the world adjusts to the new, albeit temporary normal of COVID-19, we are learning how to go about our daily lives while practicing safe self-isolation and adhering to proper social distancing standards. But what if you have a loved one with a disability that needs your help? There is no simple trick, but there are options that can help.  Grocery Delivery Services Major supermarkets have invaluable resources such as online grocery ordering either for pickup or delivery, depending on the location. Loblaws’ Instacart service, Longo’s Grocery Gateway, No...
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Ben Affleck & The Struggles Of Addiction

Ben Affleck & The Struggles Of Addiction

Ben Affleck has been in the news lately, and not just because of his latest film, The Way Back; he’s speaking publicly about his alcoholism and his family’s history with addiction. He sat down with Diane Sawyer, who’d interviewed him and Matt Damon on the release of Good Will Hunting nearly 22 years prior, to speak frankly about his addiction, his regrets, and what he’s doing to lead a healthier life.  He speaks frankly about his addiction, saying that he’d been to rehab nearly 20 years ago and, after two years sober, felt he was ready to reintroduce alcohol into his...