Emotional Health

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.”

Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems

The cost of loneliness may be much greater than emotional discomfort. In this article from NPR, Angus Chen discusses the potentially lethal effects loneliness can have on our immune systems. In this way, understanding – and tending to – our loneliness becomes a crucial step in maintaining our good health.

January 7th, 2016|Emotional Health|

Emotional Intelligence – why is it important?

“Emotional intelligence is still not completely understood, but what we do know is that emotions play a very critical role in the overall quality of our personal and professional lives, more critical even than our actual measure of brain intelligence. While tools and technology can help us to learn and master information, nothing can replace our ability to learn, manage, and master our emotions and the emotions of those around us.

November 14th, 2015|Emotional Health|

Are You Emotionally Healthy?

Here is beautifully written and important piece by Alison Crosthwait in which she addresses the question of what constitutes emotional health – a concept that is too often reduced to snap judgments, assumptions and sometimes damning assessments of ourselves and others. In fact, “emotional health” is a deep and multi-faceted state of being, existing on a continuum.

July 17th, 2015|Emotional Health|