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I worked with several people that have diabetes when I was training as a student psychologist. One individual went into a diabetic coma during a therapy session in my second year of graduate school. I called parametics and my client left the outpatient clinic by ambulance. I was fortunate to have a supervisor named Karen […] Continue Reading

I used to work in a maternity clinic for a while. Physicians would refer women to meet with me that were struggling in the weeks immediately after giving birth. During our first session, I would ask these women what was happening for them. Enough of them told me that they were feeling regret about having […] Continue Reading

There are people who experience depression. Some of us escape this affliction, but a large number of us will experience bouts of depression that can be pretty awful. During a bout of depression, it’s normal to find it difficult to get out of bed. When this happens, people that are depressed will beat up on […] Continue Reading

Some of my clients identify themselves as “trailing spouses.” They use this term to indicate that they have followed their husbands, either within Canada or around the world, moving whenever their husbands’ jobs demanded that they move. Frequently, these women would stay behind in the city they were leaving, after their husbands accepted the promotions, […] Continue Reading

Dr. Stephen Hardi, a psychology professor at the University of Kansas, gives a thought-provoking TedTalk about the increasing incidence of depression in modern life. He discusses how to address depression through lifestyle changes that include exercise and dietary changes. He argues that this approach is as effective as taking antidepressants […] Continue Reading

Gifted adults are more likely to experience “existential depression.” This often begins during childhood for gifted individuals and is usually linked to thoughts surrounding death, freedom, isolation, and meaninglessness. Read more about the Characteristics of gifted adults. Questions gifted adults can ask over their life-span, that contribute to existential depression, might include: Why does society put such […] Continue Reading

The World Health Organization created a video called I had a black dog; his name was depression. The video describes what depression feels like and what you can do to help yourself if you suffer from depression. It has received over two million hits.   […] Continue Reading

Many people that suffer from depression rely on a number of people for information and support. In addition to family members, friends and co-workers, you might want to visit your family doctor as well as a psychologist because both family doctors and psychologists can offer effective treatments for depression. A surprising 250,000 to 400,000 people […] Continue Reading

Rates of diagnosable depression, or Major Depressive Disorder, are quite high in the general adult population. These rates are increasing, with Major Depressive Episodes reported by 6 percent of women and 4 percent of men at any given time. Nearly 25 percent of women experience a Major Mood Disorder at some point in their lives-- most […] Continue Reading

The onset of Major Depressive Disorder typically occurs during a person's teens or 20s, but can occur before puberty. Although gender differences are not seen during childhood, depression is diagnosed twice as often in girls as in boys by adolescence. This divergence becomes evident at age 14. By the age of 18, 20 to 25 percent of adolescents […] Continue Reading

Many of my clients that seek counselling to help them cope with depression are encouraged when they are able to label what it means to have a Major Depressive Episode. Being able to label a Major Depressive Episode is helpful because the person can clarify some of the confusion between feeling low or gloomy and having an […] Continue Reading

I often explain to the clients that I have diagnosed with Depression that there are several different ways they can learn to effectively manage their mood. I tell my clients that they can improve their depressed mood by: taking an antidepressant participating in counselling, or using a combination of both approaches I tell them that the most […] Continue Reading

Many of the clients that I counsel for depression ask me what they can do to cope with their depressed mood in addition to working with me, if they don’t want to take an antidepressant. If their depression is mild to moderate, I explain to my client that actively engaging in activities that require doing […] Continue Reading

Depression and the effects it can have on our ability to live our daily lives can be disabling. I encourage my clients that seek counselling for depression to better understand how their thought processes directly impact their depression as one of the first steps in working together. One method for treating depression involves Cognitive Behavioural […] Continue Reading

For many of the clients that I provide provide counselling to for depression, I recommend the book, “The Feeling Good Handbook: Using the New Mood Therapy in Everyday Life,” written by David D. Burns. David Burns is a psychiatrist and professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is credited with popularizing cognitive behavioural therapy after his […] Continue Reading

Often times, a new client will contact me because they need help coping with depression. They may have been diagnosed as "depressed" by their family physician and may or may not be taking medication to help them cope. I have found that in many of these cases, these clients are actually experiencing burnout, and their […] Continue Reading

Children with depressed parents are at increased risk for developing mental health problems. Not all children of depressed parents should be categorized as being at-risk. However, both theory and research suggest that a child’s probability for poor adjustment increases as the number of risk factors that the child is exposed to increases. Risk factors include how severe and chronic the parent's […] Continue Reading

Depression is frequently viewed as a problem of the individual, although an interdependence exists between the depressed person and their social environment. Depressed adults report more negative thoughts and maladaptive coping, poorer physical and social adjustment, and worse role functioning, which can affect all members of their families. Research has documented a strong relationship between maternal […] Continue Reading

Rates of diagnosable depression and subclinical symptoms of depression (i.e., symptoms that are not severe enough to receive a diagnosis) are quite high in the general population. These rates are increasing, especially among young adults. Nearly 25 percent of women experience a major mood disorder at some point -- most commonly during the teenage to early […] Continue Reading

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