Are Mental Health Days Sick Days?

Are Mental Health Days Sick Days?

What is a mental health day? The concept of mental health days in a workplace is still evolving. There are two primary interpretations of what a mental health day is: A day to practice self-care, reduce stress, and/or prevent burnout. Someone does not need a mental...
ADHD: Beyond the DSM5

ADHD: Beyond the DSM5

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can impact daily functioning and development. Or at least, that’s how the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR)...
Is it SAD?

Is it SAD?

It’s normal to feel “down” after the busyness and stress of the holidays, but Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is different from the typical “holiday blues.” Like many other factors, the weather and lack of sunlight can affect our mental health, and as the days feel...
Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays

While the holidays are often billed as merry and bright, this season can also bring struggles. A 2022 study by the Canadian Mental Health Association found that 52% of Canadians report feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation during the holiday season.  With this...
Supporting Someone With Bipolar Disorder

Supporting Someone With Bipolar Disorder

In understanding bipolar disorder, it can be helpful to start with the name itself. The word bipolar refers to “two poles” or, in other words, two ends of the mood spectrum. There is the “low” end of the spectrum (sadness/depression) and there is the “high” end of the...
Supporting Someone With OCD

Supporting Someone With OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) presents many challenges – not only for the person living with the mental health disorder, but also for those in a supportive role. Family members, friends, and others supporting someone living with OCD may at times feel...
Helping Someone With Depression

Helping Someone With Depression

What it looks like Depression can happen with or without a triggering event and means we can be sad when it doesn’t make sense to be sad. Depression can be identified in the way it affects someone’s feelings, thoughts, actions, and body. People don’t...
Helpful Responses to Addiction

Helpful Responses to Addiction

Contrary to popular belief, addiction does not develop “because of bad choices.” Many people make the choice to use drugs and/or drink alcohol and never develop an addiction. Some of the complex reasons addiction can develop are as follows: To cope with unbearable...