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…

Council approves construction firm for fire hall

Quorex Construction Ltd. of Saskatoon to handle the nearly $2.82-million project

Council approves construction firm for fire hallKenneth Brown of The Clarion The town’s elected officials have awarded the construction tender for the new fire hall to a construction firm after an exhaustive search. It took two separate request for proposals (RFP) processes to find a builder for the fire hall. The most recent efforts by the town have resulted in a…

How to change your emotional response on command

Your brain needs direction; it wants you to lead. You choose where you want to focus your efforts and energy

How to change your emotional response on commandAre you fed up? Perhaps with politics, taxes, grumpy people or the smoke in the air. Usually these feelings pass. But when you get stuck in a swirl of negative emotion, the problems of the world seem to pile on and leave you feeling spent. Perhaps this is what causes normally rational individuals to become…

Effects of delirium on ICU patients a growing concern

Delirium is a serious and common outcome of treatment in intensive care units, affecting from 30 to 80 per cent of patients

Effects of delirium on ICU patients a growing concernSince intensive care units (ICU) were created in hospitals more than a half a century ago, there’s been a steady decline in death rates for individuals who are critically ill and require life support. That’s significant and meaningful progress, and it’s thanks to the pioneering work of doctors, nurses and researchers who have discovered better ways to…

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…

There is no need to needlessly suffer migraines

For people who experience migraines as well as a mood disorder, the headaches often improve once the mood disorder is treated

There is no need to needlessly suffer migrainesIf you experience migraine headaches, then you know what it’s like to have debilitating pain. Pain pulsates on one side of your head like a bad drum beat that won’t stop. All the noises around you are magnified to a chaotic cacophony and every time you move the pulsing in your temples seems to intensify.…

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…

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder no laughing matter

If you are troubled by recurring disturbing thoughts and feel compelled to perform repetitive behaviours, talk to your family doctor

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder no laughing matterOne psychiatric disorder that is commonly portrayed on television and in the movies is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We are usually given a somewhat humourous example of a neurotic person obsessed with germs and washing, who needs things to be exactly in order or who repeatedly checks to make sure the door is locked or…

PMDD PMS on steroids

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which affects about two per cent of women, is a disabling condition that requires treatment

PMDD PMS on steroidsPMS: those three letters have been made the brunt of many jokes and snide comments since they were coined to describe the variety of symptoms many women experience at a certain point in their menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, while the symptoms of PMS are distressing to the 80 per cent of women who experience them, a…

Blame the parents for suffering of children on the margins

Developmentally delayed children come into a failing welfare system due to irresponsible parents placing substance abuse ahead of their children

Blame the parents for suffering of children on the marginsMore than half of Winnipeg’s Indigenous homeless population are former wards of Child and Family Services (CFS). A former CFS ward explained on CBC recently that the 50 per cent figure was too low, not taking into account the significant number of former wards who “couch surf.” This group relies on the kindness of acquaintances…

Nine techniques to help you quit your bad habits

But keep in mind that to quit some bad habits may require the assistance of peer support groups and/or professionals

Nine techniques to help you quit your bad habitsAt some point in life, most of us develop a bad habit or two. Repetitive behaviours such as nail biting, throat clearing, hair pulling or picking at skin can be harmful to our bodies but can also be irritating to those around us. Kicking a bad habit can often seem like a high hurdle in…

Smartphone apps links patients to mental health professionals

David Johnson talks about how VictoryLab's app helps people in need using in-the-moment technology

Smartphone apps links patients to mental health professionalsDavid Johnson is founder and CEO of VictoryLab. Calgary’s Business: What is VictoryLab, and what's its history on how and why it was formed? Johnson: Founded in 2015, VictoryLab is an evidence-based, affordable and convenient mental health app available to organizations. With VictoryLab, users can reach out to certified counsellors and licensed therapists from their smartphone…
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