My associates and I are seeing teens with some unique issues. I say they’re ‘unique’ because the parents of today’s teens never had to deal with any of these concerns. The names of these concerns are foreign, but the outcome is the same: anxiety, stress, fear, sadness, loneliness, and the list goes on. Here’s a sample of the topics that are by now all too familiar to most parents of adol
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
Have you ever been so frustrated that you ‘felt your blood boil’, ‘got all steamed up’, and ‘started seeing red’? While we have a wide range of colorful expressions about how emotions can affect us, there’s a grain of truth in these phrases — because our emotional states can have a significant impact on us physiologically. Stress can negatively impact just about every part of our bodies. Stress can make it harder to
Today is World Mental Health Day. It’s celebrated every year on October 10th. This year, the World Health Organization has identified the theme of “Mental Health and Old Age.” The world’s population is aging rapidly, and by the year 2050, it’s estimated that about 22% of the world’s population will be over the age of 60. At the present time, it’s estimated that over 20% of pe
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,
A client once asked me when counselling and psychotherapy would be over. It was a really good question, and there are actually a multitude of answers. Today, in honor of APA’s Mental Health Month Blog Day, I thought it would be an ideal time to share some of those answers. For some clients, therapy is over whenever they say it’s over – I can’t force anyone to stay in therapy. For others, therapy is over w
A couple of weeks ago, many news-sites published findings from a Canadian survey on the prevalence of mental health issues in the workplace. One statistic from this survey indicated that 12% of respondents said they were currently experiencing a mental health issue in the workplace, and another 32% said they had faced one in the past (click here for a cbc.ca news article). In other words, 44% of all workers have expe
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