Category Archives: Mental Health

Paranoia

Paranoia

Paranoia: What is it Really? Paranoid. We’ve all heard that word before. It is often used to describe feelings of suspicion and worry – or a suspicious/worrisome person. Maybe someone labelled your jumpy friend as paranoid. Perhaps someone remarks that they are paranoid they left the stove on. In fact “paranoid” joins “OCD,” “depressed,” and […]

Self Care: 4 Mental Health Tips

Self Care: 4 Mental Health Tips

Self Care: 4 Mental Health Tips “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The phrase escaped me for a long time. I always knew what it meant but never connected the dots for myself: take care of yourself smartly and you’ll be healthier. Honestly most of my friends ignored the advice too. We ate […]

Mental Health: Aging

Mental Health: Aging

Getting old. We all do it if we’re lucky. It’s bittersweet that we can live so long – we persevere for decades yet as we age our bodies weaken. Our lives become rich with wisdom and family, but there are hard truths to confront.

SAD Winter Blues

SAD Winter Blues

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is when depression worsens with changing seasons. 10%-20% of depression sufferers are affected in this way. It is not yet fully understood how these changes affect mental health but most theories involve sleep patterns, thyroid levels, and melatonin – a chemical released in the body to signal sleepiness.

Meditation, Mindfulness, Relief

Meditation, Mindfulness, Relief

Meditation, Minfulness, Relief – …but most research concerns “mindfulness.” This involves awareness and acceptance of body sensations, thoughts, and moods.