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What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

“As the popularity of mindfulness grows, brain imaging techniques are revealing that this ancient practice can profoundly change the way different regions of the brain communicate with each other – and therefore how we think – permanently.”

Loneliness actually hurts us on a cellular level

A scientist explains how the pain of loneliness makes us sick:

Companionship is an asset for human survival, but its mirror twin, isolation, can be toxic. The very cells of people who live through periods of chronic loneliness look different. More specifically, the white blood cells of people who suffer through chronic loneliness appear to be stuck in a state of fear.

February 6th, 2017|Emotional Health, Loneliness|

Yes, It’s Your Parents’ Fault

“It’s called attachment theory, and there’s growing consensus about its capacity to explain and improve how we function in relationships.”

When I Finish Grieving

“My daily life is the working through of my losses.

My daily life happens on account of what has been taken away.

Everything I have and everything that I have lost is present. And if I can allow myself – that is my heart, body, soul, and mind – to traverse the terrain of myself. Then I am living.

There is no living apart from our losses.”

~ Alison Crosthwait

Why We Need To Talk About High-Functioning Depression

“High-functioning depression is when someone seems to have it all together on the outside, but on the inside, they are severely sad. Carol Landau, PhD, a clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior and medicine at Brown University, says she primarily sees this in women with a penchant for perfectionism—AKA the same people who are likely your colleagues and friends with enviable lives and a long list of personal achievements.

“People often say being ‘high-functioning’ is better than being ‘low-functioning,’ but that’s not really true because the most important thing is for a depressed person to get help—which a high-functioning person is limiting herself from,” Landau says.”

September 29th, 2016|Depression, Emotional Health|

Why Millennials are Ready to Talk it Out

“Organizations like Toronto Psychotherapy Group, whose members provide professional help for a wide array of issues experienced by patients of all ages, are seeing a growing interest in talk therapy from millennials who are concerned about aspects of their mental health…..”

Spiritual Emergency – Treatment of Psychosis

“Current, medical treatments suppress symptoms but long-term use hinders the process of new self-construction…research tells us that we should use our medications carefully, sparingly, and temporarily. We should always use them in conjunction with serious psychotherapy that aims to help personal reintegration (not just superficial ‘counselling’ about ‘how to live with your illness’).

Healing must involve a new integration of deep, inner parts of the person and deep, transpersonal forces beyond the person.”

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    The Play Deficit – Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play

The Play Deficit – Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play

“…But here’s an alternative view, which should be obvious but apparently is not: playing is learning. At play, children learn the most important of life’s lessons, the ones that cannot be taught in school. To learn these lessons well, children need lots of play — lots and lots of it, without interference from adults.”

5 smart tips for hiring the right therapist

“Finding a good therapist can be a daunting task. But with therapy, more than almost anything else, it’s the relationship between client and therapist that matters most.”

How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD

“Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior may in fact mirror the effects of adversity, and many pediatricians, psychiatrists, and psychologists don’t know how—or don’t have the time—to tell the difference. ”