September 18, 2014

6:24 PM | Better is Not Well: Consumer-Clinician Collaboration to Raise Treatment Expectations
Our friends over at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) will host an interactive panel discussion between peers and clinicians on raising expectations for the treatment of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. We invite you to join them for this free, live web-stream broadcast of the event. The interactive panel is […]

September 17, 2014

8:42 PM | Why Will Power Fails
How to strengthen your self-control.(First published August 12, 2013)Reason in man obscured, or not obeyed,Immediately inordinate desires,And upstart passions, catch the governmentFrom reason; and to servitude reduceMan, till then free.—John Milton, Paradise LostWhat is will power? Is it the same as delayed gratification? Why is will power “far from bulletproof,” as researchers put it in a recent article for Neuron? Why is willpower “less successful during […]

September 15, 2014

7:45 PM | Free Webinar: ADHD Coaching – Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know
Adults with ADHD often feel misunderstood; a feeling based on legitimate experiences throughout their lives. As an adult with ADHD wouldn’t it be great to find someone who can listen to you with genuine understanding? Someone who acknowledges the reality of your personal experiences? Someone who truly gets you? Look no further than an ADHD […]
2:45 PM | ‘I Don’t Want My Friends to Think I’m Crazy’: The Stigma of Bipolar on the College Campus
Mental illness is a prevalent issue on college campuses that often goes unseen and unacknowledged. When I decided I wanted to write an article about students at my university with bipolar disorder, I ran into the difficulty of finding subjects to interview. I asked around my fellow students to see if anyone knew someone who […]
2:25 PM | MSF Interactive: Inside An Ebola Treatment Center
@MSF Twitter Feed # 9078     Anyone who watched last week’s PBS Frontline: The Ebola Outbreak saw several areas inside an MSF Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone.  Today Médecins Sans Frontières has published an interactive graphic (hover over areas to pop up pictures and descriptions) showing the individual components of a facility operating in a high risk area.   Follow this link to the fully interactive graphic of the static picture […]

September 12, 2014

11:35 PM | How Somatic Therapy Can Help Patients Suffering from Psychological Trauma
Whatever happens in our lives impacts our mind either consciously or unconsciously. Sometimes events — such as the unexpected death of a loved one, illness, fearful thoughts, near-death accidents or experiences — result in traumas. Psychological trauma causes damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. How Somatic Psychotherapy […]

September 06, 2014

6:11 PM | Unpacking Recovery Part 5: Clinical Recovery Without a Clinic?
It can be somewhat controversial to suggest that untreated recovery from eating disorders is possible. Certainly, people have varied opinions about whether someone can enact the difficult behavioral and attitudinal changes necessary to recover without the help of (at the very least) a therapist and a dietitian. Nonetheless, we still hear stories about individuals who consider themselves recovered without having sought out external sources of professional support. When I think about untreated […]

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September 04, 2014

10:45 AM | Hyper-Worried About Your Health? 3 Tips to Help
Some people are especially attuned to their bodily sensations. When they experience certain symptoms — headache, stomachache, dizziness or any kind of discomfort — they assume the worst. They start worrying that something is very wrong with them. What if it’s heart disease or cancer? What if it’s a tumor or meningitis? What if it’s […]
5:00 AM | Orthodontic treatment; can it be accelerated by surgical and non-surgical approaches?
With typical orthodontic treatment taking 18-24 months there is pressure to reduce the time it takes. This review considers a range of potential options but there is limited quality evidence for most of the techniques identified. The post Orthodontic treatment; can it be accelerated by surgical and non-surgical approaches? appeared first on The Dental Elf.

September 03, 2014

10:30 AM | Couples You Meet in Counseling #3: Mr. and Mrs. Just Not Feeling It
In my previous two posts, I examined Mr. Perfect and his Crazy Wife, and the Ice Queen and the Martyr. Both of those couples are easier to work with in couples counseling than #3, Mr. and Mrs. Just Not Feeling It.  Emotionally, this couple acts like they are already divorced, and have been for many years. There is rare, […]

August 30, 2014

5:38 PM | Listen: Dr. Brian Goldman’s Soft Take on Alternative Medicine
Dr. Brian Goldman (@nightshiftmd), host of a great CBC radio show called White Coat Black Art that dares to pull back the curtain on the hidden world of medical practice, seems to be the latest victim of integrative medicine (IM). This IM movement has been gaining traction with Western physicians and medical institutions: many North American hospitals … Continue reading →

August 27, 2014

1:29 PM | How is Potassium Permanganate Used to Treat Koi?
The effects of potassium permanganate (KMnO4) to treat koi’s external parasites have been known for over 200 years, but this product can be very dangerous to the fish if not used correctly. If you google it, you’ll find many accounts of very high doses applied to a pond, consequently killing all the fish. Potassium permanganate can [...]

August 26, 2014

9:48 PM | Headspace: Mental, Physical, and Social Health for Youth
A brief look at Australia's Headspace national youth mental health service.

August 25, 2014

7:38 PM | Unpacking Recovery Part 3: Can Patients Imagine Recovery?
Today I have the distinct pleasure of writing about one of my favourite articles about eating disorder recovery by Malson et al. (2011) exploring how inpatients talk about eating disorder recovery. I have personally found this article to be very helpful in understanding some of the difficulties of understanding and achieving recovery in our social context. As Malson and colleagues explain (and as we’ve established), eating disorder recovery is elusive. Often, poor prognosis is described […]

Malson H, Bailey L, Clarke S, Treasure J, Anderson G & Kohn M (2011). Un/imaginable future selves: a discourse analysis of in-patients' talk about recovery from an 'eating disorder'., European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association, 19 (1) 25-36. PMID:

10:30 AM | Couples You Meet in Counseling: The Ice Queen and the Martyr
My first post in this series tackled Mr. Perfect and his crazy wife. Here we turn to The Ice Queen and the Martyr, another commonly seen couple. Here are some examples of what you hear from The Martyr in session: “No matter what I do, it’s not good enough. She doesn’t show any appreciation or affection. I guess […]

August 24, 2014

6:35 PM | The Importance of Getting Help for Fear and Anxieties
Getting professional help for dealing with your persistent fears and anxieties is the single most important step in your recovery. Many people are reluctant to get the help they need for various reasons. Here are 6 reasons on why getting help is important. 1. Learn New Strategies: Getting professional help can lead to additional insights […]
10:30 AM | How to Be Diligent in Your Recovery
Recovery is a long process. It takes time and it takes patience to achieve a relative balance and to find a measure of health after you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness. When I was diagnosed eight years ago with schizophrenia I was so riddled by delusions and paranoia that I could hardly step foot […]

August 23, 2014

2:04 PM | Depressed? You Should Be in Therapy & Taking an Antidepressant
If you’re like most people with depression, you probably should be engaging in two simultaneous treatments — some type of psychotherapy combined with an antidepressant medication. That is, if you have moderate to severe depression and you’ve had it for less than 2 years. So says yet another study confirming what we’ve now known for […]
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