For as many good reasons there are for seeking therapy, there are as many doubts people have about visiting a mental health counselor. Let’s look at a few...
For a while now I've been threatening to write a book about fighting against the stigmas placed on Mental and Physical illnesses, especially in reference to invisible disabilities. When exactly did it become a social norm to judge what a person may be going through inside themselves? For me, my physical illnesses play a large … Continue reading Just Because I Look Okay, Doesn’t Mean I Am
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a pattern of unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions), which interfere with daily activities and can cause severe stress. You may feel the need to try and stop or ignore the OCD but that will just increase your anxiety. Eventually you will feel the … Continue reading Common Symptoms of OCD
The Canadian Mental Health Association reported that as many as 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health issue in any given year. Mental illness does not discriminate and could affect individuals of all ages, races, and religions. With the numbers being so high chances are all who read have been or will be … Continue reading Talking To Your Boss About Mental Illness
I’m on a new adventure…. I have been stable for three years. No manic episodes. No manic-depressive episodes. So, we explored the idea of me going off one of the medications that makes me tired and causes me to gain weight. There’s nothing wrong with being on medication. There’s no shame in it. Even once … Continue reading Leaving The Medication Behind.
I grew up in a household where I thought life was normal. I thought everyone’s parents fought, thought dad always beat and raped mom, thought playing mind games was normal, I thought this was what everyone lived like. Years later I’d come to realize, NO, this is not normal! I remember when we were little, … Continue reading 8 Signs You Grew Up With PTSD
Mental health issues come with a wide array of issues that aren't exactly in the job description. Issues with your job, relationships, and overall wellness can arise. Sleep is also one of them. We all need sleep. Most of the time we are advised to get between 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Many people … Continue reading Sleep: Another problem for mental health sufferers
Children of all ages are naturally curious and constantly asking questions. We, as adults, need to be attentive and take the time to listen. The generation now, is exposed to the awareness of mental illness, more than previous generations. It’s our responsibility to help educate our children about the world around them. When I was … Continue reading How To Explain Mental Illness To Children
My mental health journey was more about losing weight, and then maintaining a healthy weight. I never thought my journey would lead me to have so many problems with my weight before I'm 30. But, here I am, at my highest weight of my life, and probably the happiest I've been in my life. I … Continue reading Weight Gain: The Side-Effect of Medication & Mental Illness.
For some people when you mention the word journal they can have a pre conceived idea that it’s the type that you keep hidden under your mattress when your at school or college that starts off with the cliché phrase “Dear Diary”. Journaling is an ancient tradition, one that dates back to at least the … Continue reading Keeping a Journal – How it can help!