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Students Highly Stressed: TDSB Survey

The Toronto District School Board recently released the findings of their 2011-12 Student Census (click here to download the survey) and the results suggest that a majority of students may be struggling with anxiety and depression. Believed to be the largest survey of its kind in Canada, the census explored how students feel about their […]

On Winning and Losing

The recent commotion about Lance Armstrong’s admission of cheating prompted a thought-provoking discussion about winning and losing between Jian Ghomeshi, host of the CBC Radio program “Q” and recurrent guest, actor/musician Torquill Campbell on January 24, 2013 (click here to download the podcast). The thrust of the discussion was that it’s unfortunate that so many […]

Thirteen Healthy Ways to Comfort Yourself

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., Associate Editor PsychCentral.com Whenever you’re anxious, sad or overwhelmed or simply need some soothing, it helps to have a collection of comforting — and healthy — tools to turn to. But some calming activities don’t work for everyone. For instance, some people are allergic to bath salts, while others can’t drink […]

Shift Supports Oakville’s Fareshare Food Bank

At Christmas this year the staff at Shift Cognitive Therapy donated 100% of a day’s revenue to Oakville’s Fareshare Food Bank to support the work of that organization. According to their website, the Fareshare Food Bank is a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers that has been providing for needy members of the Halton community since […]

Rates of Depression and Anxiety Rising in Ontario Young Adults

Findings released recently in the Monitor survey published by the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) revealed interesting facts about the mental health of young adults in Ontario. The latest findings, from 2011, come from the reports of more than 3000 adults in the province. While the survey looked at the entire adult age range, […]

Treat Anxiety with Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy is a cornerstone of the treatment of anxiety because it enables people who are afraid of something to gather realistic evidence about what that thing is REALLY like, and then make more thoughtful decisions about whether they want to continue being afraid. This is a difficult concept for most people because anxiety usually […]

Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being

Authors: Michael W. Otto and Jasper A.J. Smits  Oxford University Press (2011). With Exercise for Mood and Anxiety, Michael Otto and Jasper Smits, well-known authorities on cognitive behavioral therapy, take their empirically-based mood regulation strategy from the clinic to the general public. Written for those with diagnosed mood disorders as well as those who simply […]

Using Willpower: Set Yourself Up For Success

Many consider September to be the ‘other’ New Year because its arrival signals the end of summer vacation and the start of school. This return to routine and so-called ‘regular life’ is also a time when many people make resolutions to improve their lives and health. However, by the start of October, when life has […]

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