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Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

We get stuck in habits because we do them automatically, without thought. Doing something differently requires that we bring our awareness to the process and keep working at the changes over time. Things stay the same when we don’t. The poem below by the late Portia Nelson reflects this beautifully. Autobiography in Five Short Chapters […]

“Exercise is Medicine and Physicians Need to Prescribe It!”

That was the gist of a recent article in the Toronto Star’s Weekend Life section. It spoke about the growing list of scientific evidence showing that exercise “is the much needed vaccine to prevent chronic disease and premature death.” While you might say that doesn’t exactly qualify as ‘news’ (who among us didn’t already know […]

Managing Traumatic Stress Following a Mass Transportation Disaster

A mass transportation disaster involves the community as a whole, in addition to those who are directly involved. Families, friends, and residents of a community tied to a transportation disaster often experience a ripple effect of grief and sadness. Emotional responses following any traumatic event  may vary from person to person as each individual deals […]

Genetic Testing for Postpartum Depression

The Toronto Star recently reported that “a simple blood test” done early in a woman’s pregnancy may soon be able to detect DNA changes that predict postpartum depression. According to the article, a study recently published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry examined blood samples of 93 pregnant women and found that approximately 80% of those […]

Canadian Economists Support Greater Access to Psychologists

The Canadian Psychological Association released a report today that it commissioned by an independent group of health service economists and health policy analysts. The report was critical of Canada’s current approach to mental health care, calling the lack of support for effective psychological services “a silent crisis.” It urges Canadian health policy makers to consider […]

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 […]

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