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Apps That We Recommend For Mental Health

App & Print Resources Psychological First Aid Psychological First Aid The PFA Mobile app can assist responders who provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) to adults, families, and children. This app is helpful in that it talks about trauma in all ages and provides helpful education and links.

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EMDR Works. Here’s How We Know

EMDR References List of international guidelines and organizations recognizing the effectiveness of EMDR. American Psychiatric Association (2004).   Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines. EMDR is recommended as an effective treatment for trauma. Bleich, A., Kotler, M., Kutz, I., & Shalev,…

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The Most Helpful Mental Health Videos We Know About

Video Resources Below you will find a list of videos that we have found helpful for our clients. If you have any questions after viewing one or more of these videos, please feel free to contact us. As time allows, more videos will be added. Bruce Lipton – Videos Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally…

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Coping with Seasonal Patterns & Bipolar

If you feel a shift in your mood as the seasons change, you’re not alone. Many people, whether they have bipolar disorder or not, are affected by the changing of the seasons. You may notice changes in your sleep, activity level, and mood. While the mechanisms by which these changes occur are still being studied, you may adapt your treatment plan to help cope with these transitions.Many individuals with bipolar disorder experience depression during the fall and winter months.

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Harnessing the Power of Stress

Our understanding of stress has come a long way over the last couple of decades; arguably much further than the daily practice of stress management for most people.Harmful effects of stress are well documented in scientific literature. High blood pressure, headaches, stomach problems and a compromised immune system are a few examples of what stress can do to us.Employers and policy makers are starting to pay attention. Stressed workers are more likely to be unhealthy, poorly motivated, less

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How to Support Someone Who is Feeling Suicidal

When someone we love is feeling suicidal, it often creates a lot of distress for us as well. We may worry about what to say, saying the wrong thing, or making things worse. We may feel incredibly uncomfortable talking about the topic and attempt to divert the conversation onto another topic or make light of what our loved one is trying to express. If we feel really uncomfortable sitting with our loved one and listening to what they are trying to express, we may find ourselves too quickly moving…

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

In general, bipolar disorder can be defined as a mood disorder with extreme and episodic shifts in a person’s mood and behavior. The mood shifts range from depression to hypomania and mania.Bipolar disorder is defined by subtypes, which include bipolar I, II and mixed episode. Understanding the differences between these subtypes, however, can sometimes be confusing as they tend to share similarities in symptoms.Similarities of Bipolar I and Bipolar II. For instance, depressive episodes for type I…

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To Tell or Not to Tell? Disclosing Your Mental Illness to Your Employer

Currently, 1 in 5 Canadians are experiencing a mental illness or addiction and 1 of 2 Canadians will have, or have had, a mental illness by the time they reach 40 years of age1. Although these numbers tell us that mental illness is quite common, the stigma tied to mental illness continues to impact our perceptions of mental illness and our decisions around when or with whom to share our diagnoses—especially when it comes to disclosing to our employer.If you are looking for a cut-and-dry answer…

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Bipolar Disorder and Shame

Whether you have received a mental health diagnosis years ago or just recently, you may be experiencing feelings of shame for having mental health concerns. The Edmonton’s Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder Support Group recently had a guest speaker discuss her experiences with her bipolar diagnosis and symptoms. Some of the questions that group members asked the speaker were: If she always felt like she had bipolar disorder symptoms, How she was able to accept the idea of being on psychiatric…

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