Exercise is a great way to regulate mood, improve your overall wellness, and help you move towards a more balanced life. But when you take it to the extreme, as elite athletes do, exercise and physical fitness can also encourage the athlete to neglect areas of life that need attention. Such was the case with Clara Hughes, a dual-season Olympian, and the only athlete in the world to win multiple medals in both the win
I recently read Anthony Kiedis’ biography, “Scar Tissue,” and it gave me a deeper glimpse into the dark world of addiction. Kiedis is the frontman and co-founder of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, a funk-rock band that’s been around since the early 80’s. I knew that Kiedis struggled with addiction, but until reading his book, I had no idea about how severe it was. Given my appreciation for their music and the fact that I dea
When I was a young kid, my teachers would ask, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” I hated that question because I never really understood what it meant. Once I started working in the field of addictions and mental health, though, the logic behind the question became clearer. The question can be applied this way: Does the mental health issue (e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD) cause the addiction? Or,
When we hear the word “relapse,” most of us think of addiction. However, it can also refer to a relapse of moods, such as depression and anxiety, and problem behaviours. For example, you can be in a good mood but suddenly relapse back into a state of unexplained sadness or depression. Or, you may have stopped an unhealthy behaviour, like smoking, but then relapsed after a few months of success. It’s important to reme
One of the first theories that highlighted the relationship between thoughts and moods was cognitive theory, or CT. This theory was created by Dr. Aaron Beck back in the 1970’s and focused on how people could change how they felt. Beck noticed that all his depressed patients had similarities in how they viewed themselves, their world, and their future. Specifically, he noticed that depressed people all had a maladapt
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