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Wasted: New hope for addiction treatment

Do you know someone with an addiction problem? Last October, I attended a lecture at the University of Toronto given by Mark Lewis, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology. A former addict himself and author of The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is not a Disease, Lewis said that addiction is not a […]

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Mental illness and the justice system

This is my third feature in a series about mental health for Canadian Nurse magazine, in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. All too often, people with mental illness who have been in trouble with the law or incarcerated are assumed to be likely to reoffend at the drop of a hat. This stereotype does […]

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Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives

This is my second feature in a series about mental health for Canadian Nurse in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Suicide is a devastating tragedy — not only for those who take their own lives — but also for the family and friends left behind. Around the time this story was published, I […]

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Let’s Talk: Mental Health and Stigma

As today is the annual Bell Let’s Talk Day to raise mental health awareness, I’m sharing my recent feature about mental health and stigma for Canadian Nurse magazine.  Stigma is one of the main reasons why those who are suffering from a mental health issue do not reach out for help. Reducing stigma among health-care providers, one […]

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The Fear of Holes

Do you know someone who has a fear of holes just looking at Cheerios, Swiss cheese, or Aero chocolate bars?  If so, you may have already heard about a phobia called trypophobia. As reported by NPR, 16 per cent of the 286 adults who participated in a recent study reacted with anxiety and revulsion to […]

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What’s expected in the new DSM-5

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is an enormous reference book that doctors use to diagnose mental disorders. The new DSM-5 was approved last Saturday by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and will be published in May 2013. The last edition was published in 1994, almost two decades ago. In his announcement message, APA […]

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Social Media Can Help Reduce Caregiver Stress

Perhaps you or someone you know is a caregiver, as there are more than 34 million Americans who are providing care for older, chronically ill or disabled family members at home. Caregiving can be deeply rewarding yet highly stressful, as caregivers face many day-to-day challenges that can lead to exhaustion, feelings of helplessness, unspoken heartache […]

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New Insights Into What’s Driving the Autism Epidemic

A flurry of new research offers some intriguing clues into the mystery of what causes autism, which in the past, has been blamed on everything from childhood vaccines to poor parenting. Recently, the CDC reported that 1 in 88 eight-year-old children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an alarming 78 percent increase from 2002 when the […]

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Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program Builds Resiliency

Preventive program arms soldiers and families with positive psychology tools. Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum is a formidable champion of resilience and optimism in the face of adversity. In February of 1991, when she was a flight surgeon during Operation Desert Shield in the Persian Gulf War, Brig. Gen. Cornum survived a harrowing week which included […]

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