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What is an Invisible Disability?

Introduction An invisible disability is defined as something that interferes with a person’s activities of daily living and is not obviously visible to others. These disabilities are typically chronic conditions and not immediately apparent to others. This could be anything

Pregnancy and Infant loss, We need to talk about it.

Introduction Pregnancy and infant loss are far too common, devastating thousands of families across Canada every year. In 2017 1,699 infants died within the first year after birth and 3,159 babies were stillborn. After experiencing the death of a loved

Same Ocean, Different Boat

Mental Health in an Unequal world  Introduction The Pandemic has been hard for everyone, but it would be careless to say that everyone has faced the same challenges equally. The Pandemic has been ongoing for 2 years now, which means

THE LONG COVID SYNDROME AND MENTAL HEALTH

  What is Long Covid Syndrome?   After recovery from a Covid-19 infection, some people may continue to experience symptoms.  The symptoms beyond 12 weeks after the acute Covid-19 illness are defined as Long Covid Syndrome. However, this is not

Insomnia

'I can’t sleep…..’ We all have sleepless nights at times: we may be worried about a particular issue, or our body is restless with excited anticipation. Others may keep us up with their needs during the night. However, if you

Perfectionism

Perfectionism: nothing is ever good enough, even ‘done’. Days are too short to fit it all in. You’d rather not start something, as it’ll be so much work and you expect to fail at it anyway. You feel anxious, depressed,

Mothers Mental Health Matters

In most societies’, mothers are the centre of the circle of life. One of the best ways to practice prevention of mental health problems is to improve mothers’ mental health. Anxiety and depression are more common in women compared to

What is EMDR?

What is EMDR? EMDR (or Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a treatment for trauma. More specifically, its evidence base shows that it is effective for the treatment of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). PTSD is a mental illness that can develop

Mindfulness and Mental Health

Mindfulness and Mental Health ‘Mindfulness’ has grown immensely in popularity in recent years. Having been practiced in the world and, in some form, in all major religions for thousands of years, it was firmly placed on the secular map by

Jig-Saw CBT

Chronic or recurrent distress, but no obvious diagnosis A client came into my office, in acute distress, complaining about a work situation. Their manager made unreasonable demands. Their colleagues were struggling. At home, the family needs were all-consuming and the