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Inside Out – Hollywood Takes On Psychology

June 26th, 2015

In Pixar’s new animated movie, ‘Inside Out,’ 11-year-old Riley is just your average, hockey-loving kid, but in her mind, all of her emotions—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger—come to life. In Riley’s mind, her emotions control her every action, thought, and memory, so when she moves to San Francisco, the emotions have to figure out how to navigate Riley’s new house, city, and school. Based on neuroscience and psychological research, ‘Inside Out’ shows the audience a family-friendly and fun perspective on the inside of a

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The Value of Professional Help

March 10th, 2015

In nearly every area of our lives, when we are facing a major problem, we seek professional help.  If a pipe bursts, you call a plumber. If you have a toothache, you go to the dentist. If you are struggling to learn a subject at school, you talk with your teacher or hire a tutor. The professional identifies the problem and deals with it effectively. I think psychological concerns, such as depression, anxiety, or marital problems, should be approached in the same way. Call upon

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February is Psychology Month – Get the Facts

February 24th, 2015

At the Ontario Psychological Association conference last week, Seamus O’Regan (former broadcast journalist and current politician) discussed mental health and the media. His experiences covering mental health led him to the following conclusions: (a) stigmas avoid facts and (b) facts destroy stigmas. Get the facts.  

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Emotional Hygiene

February 18th, 2015

In the video below, Dr. Guy Winch (Psychologist) offers important thoughts on caring for our emotional health. He invites us to look after our minds like we look after our bodies, and he gives us tips on how to do it.

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Parenting Your Teen

January 8th, 2015

Adolescence is a time of change and growth both physically and emotionally. Often, youths at this age are developing new thoughts, feelings, ideas, and identities as they become more independent. Because this is such an important time to maintain communication between you and your child, here are some tips on talking to your teenager: Build good will. Spend time together in enjoyable discussion or activity. Share interesting parts of your day. A reserve of positivity will make the hard conversations easier. Be open-minded. What matters

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Happ(ier) Holidays: Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

December 17th, 2014

This time of year is filled with work parties, family gatherings, gift exchanges, end-of-year deadlines, traffic, busy stores, and on and on and on. In the midst of this fullness of life, some of us are inclined to take on “just one more thing,” such as buying one more present, finishing one more job at work, or attending one more holiday party. This disease of more is exhausting, and leaves us less room for appreciating our families, our health, and our need for rest. The

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Halloween – A Time for Reflecting on Fear and Anxiety

October 31st, 2014

Halloween is a social (and delicious) way for us to face our fears. Scary masks, spooky sounds, and haunted houses are all part of the fun. Anxiety, of course, is not always fun. Feeling anxious or worried can cause stress that can make the day feel harder to get through. However, there are quite a few things that you can do to help alleviate your anxiety. Here are some strategies that might help: Take a break – Listen to music, go for a walk, or

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“This Video” – Psychological Health in Canada

October 21st, 2014

Please take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video about psychological health in Canada. It highlights our struggles (for example, 33% of hospitalizations in Canada are related to mental illness), while also reminding all of us that we can make a difference.    

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Reducing School Stress

October 14th, 2014

Though school has already begun,  your family might be still feeling the effects of returning after a long summer break. Here are some tips to make life easier for both parents and kids. You don’t have to use every tip listed below. In fact, I’d suggest that you pick only two or three tips and see how they help to lighten the load. Developing a routine Keep sleep schedules consistent – ensuring quality sleep for both you and your child can help with the everyday

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Journaling: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

July 30th, 2014

With mixed feelings, I recently undertook a two-week journaling project. I wasn’t certain I could commit to the project in the face of more enjoyable summertime alternatives. I was also reluctant given the emotional and mental energy required to (thoughtfully) write during otherwise full days. As this journaling project unfolded, my struggles and gripes with journaling ebbed and flowed. Some days it felt natural, even easy to journal. Other days it felt more like a burden. [I should note that many people enjoy journaling and

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