Taking the mystery out of sexual dysfunction

Experiencing an intimacy problem should not be a reason for shame and there are several strategies that can help

Taking the mystery out of sexual dysfunctionSexual dysfunction is a topic that makes most people a little antsy. Are you glancing around now to see if anyone notices you reading this? It’s a taboo subject – no one wants to admit they have problems in the bedroom. But sexual dysfunction is more common than often thought. And it can have psychiatric causes and implications,…

Repressed memory syndrome so much psychobabble

Memory is not a video camera accurately recording our experiences and is easily manipulated

Repressed memory syndrome so much psychobabblePeople frequently ask me about the possibility of repressed memories being the origin of their problems. This is a holdover from the once dominant psychoanalytic approach to psychiatric treatment. On television and in the movies we frequently watch psychiatrists help people recover memories of events from their childhood that may somehow explain the way they…

There is no reason to stop living at 65

Retirement is a choice, so get out there and get involved

There is no reason to stop living at 65We see them everywhere. Retired members of our community, all over town, enthusiastically engaged in activities. Either they are enjoying a game of golf or shopping at the mall; working in their gardens or swimming at the pool; sometimes taking the bus to an activity centre for a game of cards with friends. These are the…

We can help seniors struggling with depression

Aging carries with it increased risk of depression, often as the result of other conditions and even as a side-effect of medication

We can help seniors struggling with depressionDepression among senior citizens rarely gets get much public attention but it is a significant problem – and it can be addressed. In a culture that prizes youth and activity above most other things, the whole idea of aging is often considered depressing. So it is not uncommon for us to feel that loneliness, sadness and even…

Some memory loss as we get older is normal

But memory loss can also be a symptom of treatable disorders such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse

Some memory loss as we get older is normalA very common concern among my patients aged 45 and older is a fear that they are losing their memory and may be on their way to Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Although these are possibilities, some memory loss is common as we age and not associated with a degenerative dementia. This kind of memory…

The reward for treating your agoraphobia is freedom

Agoraphobia literally means ‘fear of open or public places’

The reward for treating your agoraphobia is freedomOne condition that commonly exists alongside panic disorder is agoraphobia. Agoraphobia literally means ‘fear of open or public places’. However, in a clinical setting it is defined as a fear of situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing, or in which help may not be available in the event of a panic attack.…

How to tell if someone suffers Antisocial Personality Disorder

Although an individual with Antisocial Personality Disorder is capable of charm, it is often used to manipulate the emotions of others

How to tell if someone suffers Antisocial Personality DisorderSomeone with a history and pattern of disregard for the rights of others would probably be termed a bully by most, but it could be that this individual has what is known as antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). ASPD is defined as a pervasive pattern of disregard that begins by the mid-teenage years. This attitude should…

Miracle healthcare cures rarely stand up to scrutiny

Miracle healthcare cures often remain unfulfilled. Unfortunately, there is a tendency in humans to see only black and white rather than shades of grey

Miracle healthcare cures rarely stand up to scrutinyWhen it comes to health and medicine, there are an abundance of beliefs, philosophies and practices floating around out there. Unfortunately, many of these healthcare cures have no real evidence to back them up but are still used and strongly supported. Often, erroneous beliefs about healthcare cures are not only wrong but expensive to the…

How to spot the narcissists among us

Narcissists have an exaggerated sense of self-importance, and a preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty

How to spot the narcissists among usIs narcissism actually a disorder or is it just a description of someone who happens to be more self-absorbed than most? We all know people who seem to focus almost solely on themselves with little interest in the feelings or contributions of others. But where does selfishness end and narcissistic personality disorder begin? Narcissistic personality…

Postpartum illness is often more than baby blues

It is vitally important for women experiencing postpartum illness to seek help, not only for themselves but to help to keep children safe

Postpartum illness is often more than baby blues  A child’s birth is supposed to be a joyful, special time for parents. After months and sometimes years of waiting, mother and father finally get to meet the little person they’ve been anxiously expecting. With a new life and growing family, possibility is everywhere. For some mothers though, this joyful time can become a…

The high cost of pathological gambling

Are the profits from government sponsored gambling worth the cost in human lives, broken relationships and misery?

The high cost of pathological gamblingSince the early 1990s permanent casinos have been springing up in communities all across Canada. Our government has relaxed its views on gambling and made it much more accessible to adults everywhere. In more recent years this has expanded to include government-run online gambling portals as well. With this increase in availability has come an…

Self-mutilation a coping mechanism for emotional pain

If you suspect your child may be practicing self-abusive behaviours, there are a few signs you can look for

Self-mutilation a coping mechanism for emotional painPeople who deliberately cut themselves with razors, burn themselves with lit cigarettes or pick their skin until it bleeds have often been viewed as attention-seekers – people who simply want to make a statement or frighten others enough to get a rise out of them. Sadly, self-mutilating behaviours such as these are not simply a…

Irritable bowel syndrome connected to your emotional state

People with IBS tend to be more prone than the general population to psychological symptoms including anxiety or depression

Irritable bowel syndrome connected to your emotional stateBetween 10 and 20 per cent of the general population suffers from a puzzling and uncomfortable condition called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is one of the most common disorders seen in general practice and it affects more women than men. As the name suggests, this is an illness that affects the bowel and the…

Antidepressants for children should be used with caution

But with proper use they are quite safe and an effective way to help people of all ages in the treatment of depression

Antidepressants for children should be used with cautionThe use of antidepressant medications among depressed children has received widespread international coverage in the media over the years. Studies indicating a slightly increased risk of suicidal thoughts, or attempts, in children taking antidepressants sparked a firestorm of public debate and criticism. As a result, FDA mandated all antidepressants being sold in the U.S. have…

Coping with panic attacks

Getting enough sleep and regular exercise and avoiding stimulants such as caffeine are among the effective treatments available for panic disorder

Coping with panic attacksPanic. Your heart races, palms sweat and body shakes. You feel as though you’re choking and losing your breath as a bout of dizziness overtakes you. This is out of control. Imagine feeling this way on a regular basis. People with an anxiety disorder called panic disorder experience recurring panic attacks – brief but intense…
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