Depression


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The Three Most Common Eating Disorders & Their Symptoms


Eating disorders are much more complex than simply over or under-eating. They come with a diverse set of symptoms and conditions unique to each patient, rising from a variety of biological factors, family dynamics and social pressures of their peer group or chosen profession. Additionally, one’s own personality traits such as addiction, perfectionism or obsessiveness…

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Misconceptions About OCD


You have probably heard a friend or coworker mention that they are “OCD” about something after arranging their desk or meticulously organizing their books alphabetically. But there is a big difference between the symptoms of someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and having a keen eye for small details. In fact, OCD symptoms rarely relate…

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7 Modern Sources of Anxiety & How to Cope


It is no secret that anxiety cases have become more and more prevalent in recent years. This is especially true for teens and young adults, but anxiety can affect people of all ages, in all stages of life. The sheer amount of opportunities and possibilities that are available to us can be difficult for one…

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Highly Successful People Are at Higher Risk for Depression


One of the largest myths about depression is that it escapes the lives of successful people, that only people who are poor or come from tough upbringings are prone to depression. In fact, studies show that highly successful individuals such as CEOs may be depressed at more than double the rate of the average population…

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“Do I Have Depression?” Searching for Answers to Depression in Ottawa


“Do I have depression?” That’s a common search phrase on Google. More and more these days, as awareness of depression is on the increase, people who are afflicted with or experiencing symptoms of depression are taking proactive steps to seek diagnosis and treatment. What are the symptoms of depression? How is depression diagnosed? Is depression…

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How Social Media Could Be Ruining Your Life – And How to Fix It!


Does your life seem boring, miserable or unfulfilling? We’ve got the solution! But wait, you say, how could you possibly have the solution right here in this mental health article? How could it be that easy? Okay, granted, we’re not touting this as the key to eternal happiness. It’s not a “quick fix” to make…

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Cognitive Therapy: How a Handful of Sessions Could Change Your Life


Wondering what cognitive therapy is all about? Perhaps your GP or other doctor referred you to a cognitive therapist? Or maybe you’ve tried other forms of therapy and haven’t found success? Whatever brought you to this search, we’re happy to answer your questions about cognitive therapy. Let’s explore what it is, what it isn’t, how…

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The Mid-Life Crisis: What It Is & How to Survive It


Picture a slightly greying man in a baseball cap and sunglasses, behind the wheel of a convertible sports car with the top down. On the passenger side sits a blonde half his age. Now imagine a woman staring out the window, losing interest in seemingly everything in life, wondering what became of her marriage and…

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Personality Disorders in Greater Detail (Part 2 of 2)


In our previous article, Part One on Personality Disorders, we gave an overview of personality disorders, then focused on one of the more common ones: Borderline Personality Disorder. This article will cover some of the other personality disorders, specifically: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Avoidant Personality Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Before diving into those specific conditions,…

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Personality Disorders: Borderline and Beyond (Part 1 of 2)


What are personality disorders? Are these just ‘faults’ or ‘flaws’ in someone’s personality? And, if personality is something that’s largely formed by the time we’re adults, does this mean that personality disorders can’t be treated? You may have heard of borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or many others in the category.…