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Ashleigh-Rae Thomas

Have you read a story about a student who, despite all odds and adversity, overcame their situations and excelled in school? Or watched a clip about a young adult who has their entire life figured out before they’ve even graduated? Has it left you thinking ‘why can’t I just do that?’

Here’s something for you: don’t compare your progress to someone else’s.

Sometimes progress is just getting out of bed. Sometimes it’s eating, and showering, and responding to all those texts you never got around to. Sometimes it’s catching up on homework.

Sometimes it is just existing.

If you’ve done any of these, despite everything in your head telling you these aren’t accomplishments, then I’m proud of you.

When you have depression, anxiety, or any of the mental disorders that rear their ugly heads during young adulthood, simple tasks may not be simple for you. Everything in your head is telling you to just get over it and that it isn’t as bad as you’re making it seem.

Sometimes you’ll hear it from other people. They might see your irritability as lashing out. Your anxiety might seem irrational. Your homework, which was once a walk in the park for you, might leave you feeling like a complete and utter failure.

I’ve been there.

It was ugly. Sometimes I was oversleeping, or not sleeping enough, or overeating, or not eating enough. I felt what was the emotional equivalent of watching paint dry. I was very anxious about all the homework I was too depressed to do.

You would think hitting rock bottom is a one-time thing. I’m telling you from experience that that isn’t true.

I spent days, even weeks lying in bed thinking “this can’t be happening to me.” I was raised to believe only adults could get depressed. It started when I was a teen, and is yet to become less prevalent in my life. And the sooner I accepted that, I was able to begin dealing with it.

Since then, I’ve quit multiple jobs, canceled more social outings than I can count, failed classes, missed appointments, got dumped because I was too depressed, and ended some relationships for that same reason.

None of these decisions were easy. But they were ones I made in the name of self-preservation.

Studies say that this is a familiar narrative for one in five of us. Even though so many Canadians are experiencing mental health issues, we deal with it quietly because of the many stigmas around it. We assume our personalities are the problem when that isn’t actually the case. So, I can’t stress this enough: it is a disease.


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A new report from the Conference Board of Canada finds that depression and anxiety cost the Canadian workforce an estimated $50 billion a year in lost productivity, a result which researchers see as a wake-up call to employers who need to become more proactive in dealing with their employees’ mental health.

“A large proportion of working Canadians have unmet mental health care needs that prevent them from performing to their utmost, and our report shows this has serious consequences for the Canadian economy,” says Louis Thériault of the Conference Board of Canada, a not-for-profit economic think tank. “Improving treatment of mental illness among working Canadians would offer significant benefits for individuals, businesses, society and the economy.” Continue reading

By Kelsey Drain

Are you getting jitters just from thinking about the prospect of having an anxiety disorder? There are differences between experiencing “casual” anxiety, which most people feel on occasion, and symptoms that could lead to an official diagnosis.

Anxiety disorders affect some 40 million adults in the United States, which is as high as 18 percent of the population, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). When someone is impacted by generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety or other related maladies, they experience overwhelming fear and panic that affects how they live their everyday lives. Continue reading

Hello Sehat

Like adults, children can also experience mental health problems, which could affect their growth and development.

It is not easy to identify mental health issues in children. Some cases of mental illness in children are genetic.

Parents must understand what kinds of mental illnesses can affect children, as well as the causes and treatment methods, to support their children growing up. Continue reading


Stress is a stranger to no one. We’ve all experienced worry and concern about the things that matter most to us, and sometimes the pressure leaves us exhausted. Yet no matter how stressful your life may seem at any given point, the life of someone who has an anxiety disorder is probably even more stressful. Since my battle with acute anxiety arrived in my teenage years, I’ve encountered a lot of people who think they understand anxiety-related mental illnesses after they’ve been through a particularly trying time in their life. They say things like, “Yeah I know what you mean. I almost had a panic attack when I got laid off last year.” I know they mean well and they’re trying to relate to me; I don’t mean to diminish the devastating experience of losing your job, but it’s simply not the same as having generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Continue reading

By Lecia Bushak

A massage is often a luxury, but new research into its health benefits suggests it’s a luxury that’s certainly worth the cost and time. A new study finds that massages may actually help treat anxiety and other mental health disorders, like depression, due to their ability to reduce cortisol and anxiety symptoms.

The researchers conducted a randomized study that focused on patients who had generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). People with GAD experience constant anxiety, with fearful and worrisome thoughts clouding their mind at all hours of the day — often for weeks or months on end. Unable to escape these worrying thoughts, GAD sufferers will often feel drained, fatigued, or develop long-term stomach pain or muscle tension. Continue reading

I follow the receptionist through the turquoise and white blowout bar past the counter where women perch sipping Bellinis while their hair is dying and their nails are drying. She seats me at a makeshift station set up in a private back room. This is where they serve women whose religion doesn’t allow men to see their hair. My stylist, Kat, does not look alarmed when I remove my wig and shove it into my handbag.

I pull out bobby pins and shake my long hair down my back as Kat says, “We’ll do your color first. What were you thinking?” Continue reading

By Mack Lamoureux, CBC News

‘I can now walk into a crowded place and pick out people playing Pokémon and know I’m not alone’

Billie Milholland calls it a miracle.

For the first time in years, her granddaughter Eden has been regularly leaving the house despite a crippling social anxiety disorder. What got the teenager out of the house?

Well, a Squirtle, a Geodude, a Cubone, and even a Dratini. The game Milholland is speaking about is Pokémon Go, an augmented reality app. Millions of people have become taken with the game, but for her granddaughter it’s a little different. Continue reading

When listening to Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows,” reading a Virginia Woolf novel or learning Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, you might think of individuals who have stretched the boundaries of what humans are capable of in this life.

For such works, it’s easy to put their creators on a very distant shelf, far away from the every day. These people were geniuses, after all. They had higher IQs, unworldly talents and fate lined up in their pockets. Didn’t they?

But while these highly creative individuals have mothered lasting discoveries and creations, what is less noted may be their struggle behind closed doors.

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