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Living with PTSD in Canada

Living with PTSD in Canada

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of sexual abuse.   When a person experiences trauma, the consequences can live on far past the experience itself. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) affect a huge population of our society. To understand it and its implications, we must ask: what exactly is PTSD? What are its causes and symptoms? How can we take notice of those who are suffering, and try to help? The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as “a mental health condition...
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Resources for Those with Depression

Resources for Those with Depression

Depression is an insidious disease. Often regarded as an “invisible illness”, as with many other mental illnesses, depression affects roughly 8% of Canadians. Those under the age of 20 are most likely to exhibit symptoms of depression, and it is the fourth leading cause of disability in the world. It affects women in different ways than men, as they are 1.5 times more likely than men to be hospitalized for depression, and are twice as likely to experience depression. 90% of people suffering from depression never seek treatment. However, 80% of people who do seek...
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Talking About Mental Health at Work

Talking About Mental Health at Work

It’s hard enough having mental illness, but the prospect of talking about it at work can seem almost too much to bear. While it’s usually straightforward to explain that you need time off for the flu, the stigma around mental illness makes it far more difficult to address symptoms of depression in a similar manner. One of our clients, Sandra, recently experienced this exact scenario. While Sandra’s depression is often controlled by medication and cognitive behavioural therapy, it can fluctuate during particularly challenging life events. Five years ago during a...
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Mental Illness Touches Everyone: Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade

Mental Illness Touches Everyone: Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade

This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of suicide. If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts, please contact your province’s Suicide Prevention Crisis Centres. There is help out there. On June 5th, 2018, news broke that famous fashion designer and icon Kate Spade had died. The world very quickly found out that the cause of death was suicide. She was 55. Just days after, on June 8th, 2018, passing of celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain was announced. Again, the cause of death was suicide. He was 61. Andy Spade, Kate Spade’s...
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Postpartum Depression – Is This a Disability?

Postpartum Depression – Is This a Disability?

When we think of a debilitating condition, we often think of something physical. As a result, mental illnesses often go unattended, ignored, maligned, and sometimes even brushed aside. But according to CAMH – the Center for Addiction and Mental Health – in a given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience some form of mental illness. By the time they reach the age of 40, it’s estimated that 1 in 2 Canadians have, or have had, a mental illness. Those numbers are staggering, and cannot be ignored. Postpartum depression is no exception, and, according to the...
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Quiet Depression: The Subtle Signs that Someone is Hurting

Quiet Depression: The Subtle Signs that Someone is Hurting

It took Will a while to notice that his sister Julia was suffering from depression. Before he understood the nuances of mental wellness, he thought things were black and white. His sister had always been his close friend, she was happy-go-lucky, ambitious and loving. They went out for brunches and walked their dogs in the park. Julia had wonderful friends, a good job, and – from Will’s perspective – she had a great life. What you don’t always hear about depression is that the symptoms are anything but black and white. Anxiety and hopelessness exist in a grey...