Pets can provide incredible value to our lives, but a new study suggests that it’s time doctors and mental health services started considering them more seriously as a source of mental health support.
The research shows that not only are pets great for our general wellbeing, they can also greatly help people manage long-term mental illness – a benefit that’s been overlooked by doctors in the past.
“Pets should be considered a main rather than a marginal source of support in the management of long-term mental health problems,” the researchers conclude in BMC Psychiatry. Continue reading
Dr. Paul Latimer
Schizophrenia is one of the most frightening psychiatric diagnoses.
It is a chronic condition affecting about one per cent of the population and is associated with some of the most notorious symptoms of mental illness – hallucinations and delusions.
Schizophrenia is troubling because it often begins when a person is in the prime of his or her life and can distort one’s ability to tell what is real and what is not. Continue reading
Rachel Star Withers runs a YouTube channel where she performs goofy stunts on camera and talks about her schizophrenia.
Since 2008, when the then 22-year-old revealed her diagnosis online, tens of thousands of people have seen her videos. Some of them have a psychotic disorder or mood disorders themselves, or know people who do.
They say her explanation about what a symptom like hallucinations feels like can be really helpful. So can Rachel’s advice on ways to cope with them, like getting a dog or a cat. If the animal doesn’t react to the hallucination, then it’s probably not real, she says. Continue reading
The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) is hosting a free community forum in Oakville next Thursday (March 31).
Titled, Strategies That Work: Building Balance, the forum is open to the public and will feature a variety of mental health experts and a panel discussion.
“We are excited to present this community forum to the community in Oakville,” Mary Alberti, CEO of SSO, said in a media release.
“Our goal at SSO is to reach as many people as we can in Ontario. We are proud to give people in the Oakville area the opportunity to learn new strategies for wellness in all areas of life.” Continue reading