Reaching out, leaning in to improve mental health

Connie Jakab of Movement with a Message talks about addressing mental wellness concerns at home and in the workplace

Reaching out, leaning in to improve mental healthConnie Jakab is a mental health speaker and owner of Movement with a Message. Tell me what Movement with a Message is all about? Jakab: Movement With A Message is about building community, courage and compassion in our society. We do this through school workshops, mental health presentations with our National Hope Talks division (nationalhopetalks.com),…

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,…

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…

Mental health therapies should be fully funded by medicare

Publicly funding comprehensive treatment for depression is cost-effective

Mental health therapies should be fully funded by medicareHeadlines tell us in detail about the mental health struggles of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain before their deaths by suicide. But what too often goes untold are the stories of thousands of people who die by suicide every year in Canada – our friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours. What’s also not well documented is…

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…

We must do more for seniors coming home from hospital

It's clear the status quo isn’t meeting the needs of our aging population. So what can be done?

We must do more for seniors coming home from hospitalBy Ruta Valaitis and Maureen Markle-Reid EvidenceNetwork.ca Despite having diabetes and arthritis, Verne was a thriving independent 72-year-old who lived at home with his wife when he had a stroke. He had excellent emergency care in the hospital and began his recovery there. But he didn’t adjust well after arriving home. He started to show…

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…

Diabetes may double risk of developing depression

Two of the primary risk factors for the disease are obesity and lack of exercise

Diabetes may double risk of developing depressionDiabetes is one of the leading health problems affecting North America today and is rapidly on the rise. It is also well known that this disease can cause serious health complications such as vision loss and amputation as well as life-threatening problems like stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. Indeed, diabetes, which affects the body’s…

‘Happy’ New Zealand has a teenage suicide problem

Indigenous teenagers around the world face problems they think are insurmountable. But there are solutions

‘Happy’ New Zealand has a teenage suicide problemThe United Nations consistently includes New Zealand in its list of the happiest countries on the planet. Yet  in the midst of all this happiness there’s very deep unhappiness: New Zealand’s teenage suicide rate is now the worst in the world. How can this profoundly unsettling anomaly be explained? The answer becomes apparent when the…

Depression more common, and costly, than you think

A little known fact about depression is that it is a systemic disease rather than simply a mood disorder

Depression more common, and costly, than you thinkWe likely all know someone affected by clinical depression. Few of us, however, completely understand the magnitude, or severity of the condition, its chronic nature, or all of the symptoms that go along with it. Depression is more than a simple case of the blues. Everyone experiences sad days, or periods when life isn’t going…

Mental illness can exacerbate marital problems

Although separation and divorce are always painful, it may be the best option for some couples and their families

Mental illness can exacerbate marital problemsIn the unstable world of mental illness, it is not surprising that existing marital problems can complicate things further, or that new marital tensions can be created. Many of my patients who come to me with anxiety or depression also have significant problems in their marriages. Whether they recognize it or not, these difficulties are…

Early intervention important when fighting depression

If you are depressed you should not procrastinate and you should not settle for partial treatment

Early intervention important when fighting depressionIn the fight against depression, time is the enemy. Early intervention is critical when treating this chronic disorder and it often determines the success of treatment. What many people are unaware of is that depression can be a progressive disorder that gets worse as time goes on. Not only does the person experience more severe…

Madness, murder and antidepressant drugs

From Alexandre Bissonnette to Stephen Paddock to Nickolas Cruz to many more, the connections are chilling

Madness, murder and antidepressant drugsThe sentencing hearing for Alexandre Bissonnette (the Quebec man who has pleaded guilty to committing mass murder in a mosque) has been disclosing new details each day about what led up to that tragic event in January 2017. Portions of his initial interrogation have been released on video. Be forewarned: it’s disturbing to watch someone speak…

Overcoming mental health issues – and the stigma surrounding them

We have a long way to go in improving the understanding of mental health issues and in serving those who have them, but people like DeMar DeRozan are helping

Overcoming mental health issues – and the stigma surrounding themIt’s becoming more clear than ever that mental health issues are very real and very prevalent in our society. There are few of us who aren’t impacted, either by living or working with people who struggle, or dealing with our own mental well-being. Mental health issues are nothing new. Soldiers returned from war 100 years…