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

Are you making your anxiety worse?

Do you believe the symptoms of anxiety are "real". "I am nauseated - I must be sick!" "I have a thought I am going to get in an accident if I drive - this must mean I better not drive today" "I feel frightened - this must mean something bad is going to happen to… Continue reading Are you making your anxiety worse?

Questions to ask yourself if you are experiencing Anxiety Symptoms or Panic Attacks

When, where and with whom do you experience Anxiety Symptoms* or Panic Attacks? What type of physical activity is helpful to decrease your anxiety symptoms?  What have you tried?  What can you try in the future? What can you do to minimize distractions in your environment (s); be more organized? simplify daily routines? What can… Continue reading Questions to ask yourself if you are experiencing Anxiety Symptoms or Panic Attacks

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

What is the difference between “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression?

Partners and significant others of a new mother should expect some level of emotional challenges after birth of baby– approximately 80% of new mothers experience baby blues or postpartum depression (PPD) Baby Blues occur within a week or two of birth and last 3 weeks or so A new mother may be sad and weepy and… Continue reading What is the difference between “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression?