Diet and Depression

Often when we think of the word “diet” we associate that with losing weight. However, there is overwhelming evidence supporting the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Having a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean taking drastic measures. It can even be little changes that can have a great benefit on your overall health.
 
<blockquote class=”embedly-card”><h4><a href=”https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/diet-and-depression-2018022213309″>Diet and depression – Harvard Health Blog</a></h4><p>Just this week, I have seen three patients with depression requiring treatment. Treatment options include medications, therapy, and self-care. Self-care includes things like sleep, physical activity, and diet, and is just as important as meds and therapy – sometimes more so.</p></blockquote>
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Exercise and our mood connection

As we all know getting motivated to exercise is not always easy. However, much research has been done that provides clinical research on the benefits on not only our physical health but also our mental health. Read on to see the connection of exercise our well being and mood.

<blockquote class=”embedly-card”><h4><a href=”https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/more-evidence-that-exercise-can-boost-mood”>More evidence that exercise can boost mood – Harvard Health</a></h4><p>Researchers found that regular exercise seems to prevent depression. The study used genetic data to answer the question of whether a lack of movement causes depression or if depression causes people to move less. Moving more, even when just performin…</p></blockquote>
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Inequality in Mental Health

While we are all feeling the effects of the pandemic, some of us are more adversely affected, in particular parents, people already struggling with mental illness or mental health problems, people who are Indigenous, people of colour and those in the LGBTQ+ community.

When it comes to the pandemic and mental health, we’re not all equal – CMHA National

The COVID-19 pandemic is a sudden, unprecedented situation that has disrupted the lives of all Canadians and put us under tremendous stress. The pandemic continues to have a significant, long-lasting impact on everyone’s mental health, given the economic uncertainty and climate of anxiety in which we find ourselves.

A Tale of Mental Illness

Is it okay if I totally trash your office?” It’s a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn’t a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

Tips to Defuse a Meltdown

Altman says before and during intense reactive moments, we tend to use a lot of “I feel” language. You might hear someone say “I feel like there’s no hope” or “I feel like no one cares about me.’

‘Although we are saying ‘I feel,’ these statements are actually thoughts and not feelings,” Altman points out.” By identifying the thoughts, we can identify patterns in our thinking and shift them.”

Tips to defuse a meltdown – Harvard Health

There are several ways to escape a meltdown-an overwhelming feeling of stress or anger. One strategy is to calm the body with slow breathing. Another strategy is to shift one’s thought patterns. This can be done by paying attention to one…

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD)

Professional treatment can help someone with paranoid personality disorder (PPD) manage symptoms and improve their daily functioning. But due to the very nature of the disorder, most people with PPD don’t seek help. As far as they’re concerned, their fears are justified and any attempts to change how they think only confirms their suspicions that people are “out to get them” in some way.

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD)

Paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is a challenging mental health condition defined by mistrust and suspicion so intense that it interferes with thought patterns, behavior, and daily functioning. A person with PPD may feel deeply wary of others, always on guard for signs that someone is trying to threaten, mistreat, or deceive them.

What is Bipolar Disorder

The word bipolar means ‘two extremes.’ For the many millions experiencing bipolar disorder around the world, life is split between two different realities: elation and depression. So what causes this disorder? And can it be treated? Helen M. Farrell describes the root causes and treatments for bipolar disorder.

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Emotional and Psychological Trauma

Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event.

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Emotional and Psychological Trauma

Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.

An Echo Pandemic of Mental Health Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the mental health of Canadians and there is concern that this could cause an echo pandemic of mental health. CMHA outlines how we can work to avoid this.

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An echo pandemic of mental health issues? Not if we can help it. – CMHA National

We hear about it on the news. We see it in poll after poll. And we see it in our own lives. It is COVID-19’s toll on the mental health of Canadians. There is no debate that the pandemic has worn us down, and that an echo pandemic of mental health issues may be looming.