Substance Abuse Disorder or Who Me? A Junkie?

In the thirties, when the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous concluded that alcoholism was a disease, people were outraged. Everyone knew it was a moral weakness and nothing more. How times have changed. Today Substance Abuse Disorder is considered a mental illness. The DSM-V defines it as “A maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress”. To put it into simpler language: Addiction is defined as...

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Depression: It’s More than Feeling Sad

If you’re reading this post and don’t know a person who has been depressed (including yourself) please leave a comment below. This malady is so widespread, it is almost commonplace. 1 in 10 of us will have depression in our lifetime and for 1 of 10 of those  it is a fatal illness, culminating in suicide. That made me sit up and take notice. It’s a scary statistic for an illness that seems so common. Technically, depression is a syndrome...

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Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. What Did You Do?

  Canadians celebrate thanksgiving  on the second Monday of October. We get together with our families and friends, eat too much, drink too much and enjoy.Unlike our American neighbors, our holiday is not about the Pilgrims landing in the new world. Rather, it is a celebration of the fall harvest. It is a statuatory holiday for most companies and in most provinces, except for the Maritimes. The actual date has moved around a lot, but for...

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Happy Birthday To Us, Happy Birthday to Us

  In September of 2011, I was looking for a class to learn how to use about using social media effectively and I came across a course by Kristen Lamb, called We Are Not Alone.  I signed up for the October class but I have to say a couple of lectures in, I was pretty confused and wondering what  I had gotten myself into. You see, it became very clear, very quickly that she expected us to blog. Yes blog. Regularly and consistently. Oh...

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Up and Down. Up and Down. Do You Have Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Affective Disorder used to be called Manic Depression. It affects from 1 – 2% of the population and affects men and women equally. Average age of onset is 15 – 25 years. It is difficult to diagnose, often co-occurs with a broad assortment of physical ailments and causes great distress for sufferers and their families. People are often confused by this illness but it’s not too difficult to understand. How many times have you woke up...

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