Rare is the woman or young girl who hasn’t heard that negative voice in her head telling her she’s not pretty enough, skinny enough, or good enough.
“What is the conversation that everybody here in the room has with herself or himself when you are in silence, when no one is looking?” Sophie Grégoire Trudeau said during an evening event Thursday organized by the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
“Whether it’s fake nails, fake hair, fake breasts, fake everything — you name it, it’s being done.” Continue reading
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
By LEORA PINHAS, and MAGGIE THISTLE
Not a single question was asked about the potentially fatal mental health issue in a major Ontario survey
The results of a major biennial Ontario mental health survey released last month failed to include any data on eating disorders, a life-threatening group of disorders that are common only in girls.
The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, which questioned thousands of students from Grade 7 to 12 and is conducted by the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), contains 600 pages of findings in what is considered important today in adolescent mental health. Continue reading
Up to 20 per cent of people who develop anorexia will have chronic course, with distinct treatment challenges and high mortality rates
The dizzying combination of side effects hit Lisa Sheinfeld like clockwork.
Two hours after she’d taken her usual amount of laxatives on an autumn afternoon last year, the 42-year-old Thornhill mother of three sat in a public washroom, sweaty and lightheaded. The pain, she recalls, was more intense than being in labour. To cope with her overwhelming nausea, she curled her thin 5-foot-5 body into a ball on the floor with a sweater bunched under her arm. It was an awful, all-too-familiar feeling. Continue reading
Getting ready for a black tie award ceremony she was hosting, Sarah Lyons*, had already prepared her cheese sandwiches and tucked them away in her clutch. White bread, margarine and Red Leicester in rectangular halves.
She does this every time she goes somewhere unfamiliar, where she’s not sure what will be on the menu. She pretends to be too busy to eat and sneaks off to find a quiet spot to eat her sandwiches. “It takes the pressure off trying to eat something new,” says Lyons, a freelancer in her thirties, adding that she’d be mortified if anyone knew this.
Lyons has selective eating disorder (SED) and has eaten predominantly beige food since she was 18 months old – potatoes, chicken, white fish, turkey. Carrots are sometimes okay, but only if they’re cut into rounds. Continue reading