Making your brain hurt helps you thrive

Use mental or physical challenges to strengthen your brain and improve your quality of life as you age

Making your brain hurt helps you thriveFirst Nations leaders face enormous challenges in dealing with the economic well-being of their people. They also must try to preserve the history and values of relatively small islands of First Nation people in the huge sea of the dominant North American culture and the English language. Take the example of a bright young Squamish…

Investing in family and faith to minimize social isolation

Too many of us struggle with being disconnected. New studies show that social institutions help lower loneliness

Investing in family and faith to minimize social isolationSocial isolation and loneliness are among the most important challenges of our times, and governments alone can’t fix them. Frankly, these problems are too big for the politicians. Consider some basic findings from a new Angus Reid Institute study, conducted in partnership with Cardus: Almost one-quarter of Canadians struggle with extreme social isolation and loneliness.…

Business traumatic stress disorder is real and devastating

Business leaders are often under extraordinary stress and they need support and counselling

Business traumatic stress disorder is real and devastatingOver the years, I’ve worked with a number of business leaders who have had breakdowns from the stress of owning or running a business or organization. The symptoms they’ve exhibited are very similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, it’s very unlikely that a psychiatrist or psychologist would give them a diagnosis of PTSD. PTSD…

The biology behind learning and memory

What happens inside the human brain when a person learns new behaviour

The biology behind learning and memoryIn order to advance our ability to treat psychiatric illness, it is important for scientists to continue increasing our understanding of the biology that makes the human brain function. The more we understand, the more it will be possible to develop specific and effective treatments for mental disorders. One major step toward this understanding is…

Canadian business owners feel depressed at least once a week: study

500 entrepreneurs surveyed

Canadian business owners feel depressed at least once a week: studyBeing a business owner isn’t easy at the best of times but it’s especially difficult these days. That’s evident in a new study released on Tuesday by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), supported by BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada). The study, Going it Alone: The mental health and well-being of Canada’s entrepreneurs, found that…

Battling the myths and stereotypes of psychiatry

Dr. Paul Latimer helps minimize some of the misconceptions about seeking psychiatric help

Battling the myths and stereotypes of psychiatryIt seems that practically every person who comes in for treatment has a different idea of what constitutes psychiatry and what they should expect when seeing a psychiatrist. Many stereotypical impressions of psychiatry arise out of television shows or books. In these stories, patients are portrayed lying prostrate on a couch, delving into the deep…

You’re fired! So what comes next?

Whether laid off, terminated or fired, it all means the same thing. You've been de-jobbed, out of work, no more paycheque

You’re fired! So what comes next?It's happening all the time: Workers get the proverbial boot. But whether laid off, terminated or fired, it all means the same thing. You've been de-jobbed, you're out of work, and there's no more paycheque. It means pounding the pavement and looking for a new job. It's natural to be overwhelmed with negative emotions –…

How managing your impulses will make you more successful

Self-regulation puts us firmly in the driver’s seat of our own life. But it isn’t easy

How managing your impulses will make you more successfulRecently, I was admiring a burst of tulips in the back garden. I commented on how striking they were. My husband commented on how they were ill-placed. Irritated by his lack of appreciation for the riot of colour, I grabbed a pair of scissors, snipped them off and announced he would no longer need to…

Brain scan studies shed light on ADHD

It's increasingly clear that ADHD is not just the result of bad parenting, but a disorder with biological and genetic contributors

Brain scan studies shed light on ADHDBrain imaging is advancing research into the biological underpinnings of many psychiatric conditions. And as we understand more, we find new directions for effective treatments. In attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), some of this research points toward new treatments that don’t rely solely on the traditional stimulant medications. One study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)…

Growing number of seniors lack support of family, friends

Unbefriended,’ these isolated seniors require more help to safeguard their access to basic daily needs, including companionship, and improve their quality of life

Growing number of seniors lack support of family, friendsBy Stephanie A. Chamberlain and Carole A. Estabrooks University of Alberta What happens when a person grows older and can no longer make health and financial decisions for themselves – but also doesn’t have family or friends who can make those decisions on their behalf? Health and social services use a hard-hitting term to describe…
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