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Anxiety and Avoidance

May 18th, 2016

Everyone experiences being anxious at some point in their life time, whether it is about the first day on the job or speaking in public. Feeling temporary anxiety before a stressful event is normal. In fact, this anxiety can play a positive role (e.g., motivating us to study for a big test). Not all anxiety is temporary or motivating. Some people (at certain times in their lives) experience intense and constant worry about everyday life events. This worry is difficult to control and interferes with

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Thank You to Our Soldiers

November 8th, 2015

With Remembrance Day approaching, we want express our gratitude to Canadian soldiers. We also want to share a few lessons learned from a recent workshop on the culture of the Canadian military. Being a Canadian soldier is more than a job. It’s a life…with very different rules (mission before self), relationships (brotherhood), and activities (basic training) than civilian life. Most Canadian men and women enlist in the military with the expectation of retiring as soldiers. To fall short of this goal, for whatever reason, can

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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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