Confronting Stigma

wpengineAnxiety, Depression, Psychotherapy, Stress

  A few years ago, I experienced severe depression that impacted my perspective on how I view mental illness. After struggling for a long period of time with both personal and work-related stresses, I utilized my company’s short-term leave program on my doctor’s recommendation. During the first half of my leave, I couldn’t leave my home during work hours. I … Read More

It’s okay to say “I’m not okay, I’m hurting” and the path to happiness.

wpengineAnxiety, Depression, Marina Agafonov, Trauma

All too often I see on my Facebook feed, social media in general – false positivity, proclaiming that something is awesome as a way of hiding that in private you are hurting. I’m not saying we shouldn’t share our positive thoughts, but we should not falsify our feelings. It is crucial to your emotional health to recognize your feelings and … Read More

Just get over it

Jennifer MitchellDepression, Jennifer Mitchell, Trauma

“Just get over it” “Think positive” “You’ll feel better if you just come out for a bit” “I don’t understand, your life is good” “Life isn’t fair, you need to just pull up your boot straps” These are a few of the statements that people with depression may have heard in their lifetime. Maybe you’ve heard these comments or something similar. … Read More

How to treat depression and anxiety naturally

Tessa Burns MartinAnxiety, Depression

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, have you ever wondered about its cause? As a naturopathic doctor with an honours degree in neuroscience, I approach the treatment of anxiety and depression from a unique angle. In addition to focusing on psychological factors, I work with my patients to identify and correct any underlying physical causes. Often these are nutritional, … Read More

Did you notice?

Tessa Burns MartinAnxiety, Depression, Tessa Burns

I am writing this blog post at a time when most people are stuck, frustrated, in traffic after their work day. Though this could be an opportune time to take some deep breaths and release all the stress from the day, I would guess that the majority of people on the road during traffic are busy in their heads. If … Read More