Resources

This section is dedicated to educational articles and mind-body-spirit health tips. Refer to this site regularly as a resource.

Articles
Psychedelic Psychotherapy: The Day Glo Elephant in the Room
Building Mentally Healthy Communities
The Mind-Body Connection

 

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-Depression
- Anxiety
- Learn about Stress
- Unemployment, Mental Health & Substance Use
- Cross-cultural Mental Health & Addiction Issues
- Improving Mental Health
- Medications
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Tips for Cutting Back or Quitting Drinking
- Treatment for Addictions
- Alternative Treatments for Mental Disorders

Depression and Anxiety

Everyone, at some point in their life, will experience some form of depression or anxiety. Like all emotions, depression and anxiety are one of many colors that make up our emotional palette.

It is not unusual for people to feel low or “down in the dumps” for short periods of time. Minor setbacks in relationships or work situations can bring on periods of melancholy, stressful or anxious feelings. For many, however, bouts of depression or anxiety persist for longer periods and can make even getting up in the morning a painful and difficult challenge, impacting our social, occupational and relational lives.

Symptoms of depression may include:
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or guilt
  • Fatigue, low energy
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation, plans or attempts

Symptoms of anxiety may include:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating, nausea and/or diarrhea
  • Excessive worry
  • Muscle tension, soreness
  • Trembling, twitching
  • Restlessness or feeling on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank

For some people, depression and anxiety can also be linked to a general medical condition; therefore, it is advisable to speak with your medical doctor about your physical and emotional symptoms as well as any unhealthy coping patterns such as substance use or addictions.

The first step in treating depression or anxiety is to recognize it and acknowledge the effect it is having on your life. The next step is to talk to someone about it. Often, confiding in a physician, counsellor, and/or friend about what you are feeling can be a great relief and can help to set a course for healing.