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Most people consider anxiety and depression to be forms of mental illness. When you think of an illness, what comes to mind? Disease? Virus? Infection? Something you catch, right?

And if you’re “infected,” then you’re a victim of a nefarious agent.

But by definition, a victim is someone who is powerless. You are NOT powerless!

What we call something is very important. Words not only shape the way we think and feel about emotional struggle, but most importantly, how we deal with it. Continue reading
By Amanda Loudin

At the age of 16, Heather Troupe received a diagnosis of chronic severe depression and a prescription for an antidepressant. Eight years and 20 pounds later, she was sleeping poorly, felt a lot of anxiety and had lost her therapist because of insurance complications. Looking to “fix herself,” as Troupe, of Knoxville, Tenn., put it, she began using an elliptical machine every day at the gym, hoping to sweat away what was ailing her. Continue reading



Is there a relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder? Does a relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder not exist? If you are deciphering between these two questions continue reading this article. However, first, if you are deciphering between these two questions, the answer is yes. A relationship does indeed exist between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder. This article will describe what Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is, what an Anxiety Disorder is, and how to distinguish between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and an Anxiety Disorder. Continue reading

TORONTO, April 11, 2016 /CNW/ – HASU eCounselling Support has launched a virtual counselling agency that removes the traditional barriers to healthcare for people struggling with anxiety, depression and addiction.

Through private and secure online video, talk and text counselling, people can easily access and book sessions with experienced professionals when and where they need it.

HASU founder Gregory Rennie, who has been a therapist for 10 years, said he decided to launch HASU after seeing firsthand the negative impact of the gaps in Canada’s healthcare system such as long wait lists and the lack of ongoing support. Continue reading

The failure to treat mental disorders like depression and anxiety in countries around the world is costing the global economy nearly US$1 trillion in lost productivity, according to a new study. Story continues below

The study, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and published in The Lancet, estimated that roughly 10 per cent of the world’s population, or about 740 million people, is affected by common mental health problems.

Researchers found that without further investment in treatment for mental health the global economy will lose 50 million years of work to depression and anxiety disorders each year between now and 2030.The study pegged the annual loss to the world economy at US$925 billion.The WHO arrived at the staggering numbers by reviewing hundreds of studies that looked at treatment costs and health outcomes in 36 countries worldwide.Despite the stark outlook, the authors of the study say for every $1 invested in scaling up treatment for depression and anxiety there is a $4 return in better health and ability to work. Continue reading


If we could, many of us would choose to never feel anxiety again. But unfortunately, this unpleasant emotion serves a profound and necessary purpose.

“Anxiety is thought to play a role in the anticipation of danger,” Dr. Adam Claridge-Chang of Duke NUS Medical School told Medical Daily. “Unlike fear, which is associated with flight, anxiety is related to conflicted approach and risk assessment.”

When excessive, dread can become dysfunction, and this emotional problem is common; currently, anxiety disorders are the most prevalent of all brain disorders. To speed progress on new treatments, Claridge-Chang and his colleagues suggested research on simple fruit flies might help illuminate the biological mechanisms underlying this emotion. In a new study published in Current Biology, they show the very same factors that govern our own anxiety also control defensive behaviors in flies. When searching for possible genes as treatment targets, then, scientists might benefit from investigating the simple fly alongside the more standard rodent research. Continue reading

I’ve been blighted by a plethora of panic disorders for more than half my life. It started at 14, when going to assembly became an exercise of willpower; the room bustling with people triggered my agoraphobia. Cue panic. At 16, I fell down a rabbit’s hole of debilitating thoughts: ‘What if I fail my A levels?’ ‘What if I have tonsillitis during my exams and can’t go?’ ‘What if I’m sick during chapel?’ etc.

The worst thing about all this was undoubtedly the logical and well-founded thought that followed on the heels of every episode of panic: ‘I am unfit for modern day life’. However abhorrent a panic attack is (and, for the uninitiated, it’s pretty awful), nothing is quite as damning as the feeling that it will hamper your progress in life. Continue reading

It’s often said a weed is “a plant in the wrong place,” and this morning when I was confronted by mass of little yellow flowers taking over a bed I’d painstakingly planted with purple and pink pansies, it struck me that anxiety is a bit like a weed. Anxiety is a physical and mental reaction that’s quite normal—all humans experience it—but in the hyper-anxious, it’s a reaction in the wrong place.

A weed is perfectly natural—Corydalis aurea, the yellow flower in my garden, is not made in a factory or lab, after all. Looked at objectively, Corydalis is pretty, and it’s only doing what plants do—growing and flowering and seeding itself. Yet it upsets the colour scheme of my flowerbed, so is unwelcome. Continue reading


The brains of anxiety sufferers may have completely different wiring than people who don’t have the mental disorder, according to a new study out of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. People with an anxiety disorder may have already felt somewhat like a worrisome outsider to the average laid-back person, but the research backs this up by delving into the brain mechanisms that make them feel “different.”

It turns out that something known as overgeneralization is to blame for the unique brain of anxiety sufferers. Humans and animals are wired to respond to stressful stimuli or potential dangers as a survival mechanism, but overgeneralization occurs when a person can’t differentiate from a stressful stimuli and a neutral, non-stressful one. Continue reading

Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych., Special to February 26, 2016

While we often hear of post-partum depression, we seldom hear of post-partum anxiety which also leads to tremendous amount of suffering and pain. Depression and anxiety disorders also often co-occur and thus if left untreated our suffering just compounds.

It is very common to have a lot of anxiety and worries when we are pregnant and after we give birth. We worry, for instance, about our weight gain, if our pregnancy symptoms and tests are “normal”, the impact of our pregnancy on our work and productivity, the pain of labour etc. Continue reading