What’s up with anger?

Anger is "just" an emotion that is telling us that we are perceiving something in our outside world as a "wrong" Anger can be positive if we use it to understand ourselves better and be constructive with it Anger is not just a male emotion - females get angry too and that is normal Anger… Continue reading What’s up with anger?

When avoiding the situation isn’t helping

A client I will call "Joy" came to see me and related that she had been excited about a new job but quickly found herself with increased responsibilities and a need to do training of other employees. The first time she met with the employees she was horrified when her heart started pounding, her mouth… Continue reading When avoiding the situation isn’t helping

Guilt is…

(The following is from the publication Gentle Care: Changing the Experience of Alzheimer's Disease in a Positive Way, Moyra Jones, 1999) Guilt is... Never being able to say no Never being able to satisfy the expectations of others Never being able to satisfy yourself Being angry in a nice way Not feeling good about your… Continue reading Guilt is…

“Should I stay or should I go?”

The Clash sing "Should I stay or should I go?"  and for many of us we can relate to the back and forth that can occur in our thinking when we are faced with a decision to be made. Why is it so hard to make decisions sometimes? When we are overwhelmed we may be looking… Continue reading “Should I stay or should I go?”

How can we “caregive” for the caregiver?

As the baby boomers get older and their parents get even older the generation that had it all is now looking after it all!  Often still parenting they are now faced with caregiving aging parents; making financial, medical, household and a myriad of other decisions while dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions concerning their changing… Continue reading How can we “caregive” for the caregiver?

Helpful Mental Health Websites For Individuals, Families and Caregivers

Dealing with mental health issues - whether for yourself or a loved one the following websites could be helpful- http://www.cmha.ca The Canadian Mental Health Association has Family & Caregiver Support information http://www.cmha.bc.ca A link just for B.C. http://www.camh.ca  Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - up to date information on addiction and mental health http://www.beingthereguide.com A… Continue reading Helpful Mental Health Websites For Individuals, Families and Caregivers