Psychologists use the term “Substance Dependence” instead of the more commonly used term “addiction” to describe when someone has a serious alcohol or drug problem. … [Read more...] about How to tell when someone has an alcohol or drug problem
It is important to realize that a significant number of people who attempt suicide tell someone about their plans or give warning signs before acting on them. … [Read more...] about What to do when someone tells you they are suicidal
In my practice, I meet many clients who have poor self-care skills for a multitude of reasons. A common statement is that they woke up one day with the realization that their lives are not how they imagined, and they feel confused about where to begin to make changes. … [Read more...] about Burnout: Improve your self-care skills
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 … [Read more...] about Visit your family doctor or a psychologist if you are depressed
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. … [Read more...] about How common is depression in adults?
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. … [Read more...] about How common is depression in children?
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. … [Read more...] about How psychologists diagnose depression
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: … [Read more...] about Do I need to be on antidepressants if I am depressed?
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. … [Read more...] about What can I do if I don’t want to take an antidepressant?
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. … [Read more...] about How is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy used to treat depression?