10 questions to help reduce anxiety

This week several circumstances beyond my control caused that feeling of anxiety to creep up. Notice the “beyond my control” statement. They were outside of anything I could do. Instead of focusing on the feeling the anxiety was causing me, I have learned to divert that attention and take action by looking after myself. I look for actions that I can take and choices I can make to resolve my anxiety. I was not causing […] read more

like minds breed like minds: a single key to quicker recovery from mental health issues

In the heart of my depression, I wasn’t very active. When I was, I spent most of my time seeking answers when energy permitted. The other times, I was soul searching or simply trying to take care of the basics. Much of that energy time was spent on the internet visiting forums, which were the stronger social medium at the time. A forum is a great way to connect and find real answers from people […] read more

the many faces of depression and mood disorders

Let’s look deeper look at the many faces of depression and mood disorders. They take up a small portion of the cornucopia of mental health conditions. Many of the mental health issues above contribute to behaviour and mood issues. There is a direct correlation. It’s more important to recognize issues, determine treatments, discover cures and end the stigma attached to mental health. adjustment disorder or situational depression – typically characterized by strange behaviour or emotions […] read more

the cornucopia of mental health conditions

Mental Health is complex. It’s not limited to a single issue. There is no standard treatment. It’s different for everyone. Many of the disorders and health issues overlap. Sometimes one condition can lead to another. For instance an abuse or traumatic event may lead to a variety of anxiety, psychotic, personality, behavioural or addictive conditions. It’s a cornucopia of mental health conditions and here are some of the main conditions: anxiety disorders – phobias, social […] read more

transparency – a lesson from aesop

Today, I thought I’d share one of Aesop’s fables. They still provide great lessons in life and have stood the test of time for over 25 centuries. That’s 2500 years! The Goat and the Goatherd ~ Aesop  A GOATHERD had sought to bring back a stray goat to his flock. He whistled and sounded his horn in vain; the straggler paid no attention to the summons. At last the Goatherd threw a stone, and breaking […] read more

depression and sleep

A lack of proper sleep can cause problems in the brain, including mental disorders. Sleep is critical for physical and mental acuity as well as mood and energy levels. That seems obvious but… People suffering from depression seem to have problems sleeping. It’s not conclusive if poor / good sleep contributes to poor / good mental health or if poor / good mental health contributes to poor / good sleep patterns. Required sleep ranges between […] read more

main causes of mental illness

There is not a simple formula to discover what causes the vast majority of mental disorders. It’s not like a broken bone caused from an event, diagnosed then repaired. It slowly creeps up after lurking in the background or may silently have always been there. Why? Nobody has the complete picture but once discovered, perhaps a preventative treatment can reduce the frequency and amount of pain and suffering on a greater scale. The good news. […] read more

depression free for 2 years – there is hope

I’ve got something important to share with you. I’ve been depression free (pretty much) for 2 years. Amazing. I still have the odd temporary moments of depression that last a day or so BUT the tools are in place to move forward and get over it. My energy levels still goes up and down BUT that can mostly be contributed to days when bad habits or poor diet have taken over. Anxiety attacks are down […] read more

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