Monthly Archives: August 2012

Feeling anxious about the upcoming school year? Part 2

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Feeling anxious about the upcoming school year? Part 2In part 1 of “Feeling anxious about the upcoming school year”, we discussedhow you can help your kids getting back into the swing of things. Apart from the emotional aspects of returning to school, getting out of “summer mode” can present its own challenges. To make the process less painful on the first day back, you may want to try some or all of the following:

  •  Begin easing into the school routine at least a week before school starts. Your child may have been going to sleep later and waking later. Gradually ease back into school bedtimes and breakfast times.
  •  Encourage your child to begin study time again, prior to the return to school, and regular homework.
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Feeling anxious about the upcoming school year? Part 1

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Feeling anxious about the upcoming school year? Part 1

“♪ ♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year ♫ ♪” – as that commercial jingle goes! Whether your child is starting school for the first time or returning after a summer break, the start of the school year brings a great deal of excitement, together with some anxiety and stress. A little planning and preparation can ease much of the uncertainty and help to make the first day an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Maybe this year is your first foray into pre-school or kindergarten… While it’s a proud moment and a real milestone, you may be anxious about how he or she may cope, and perhaps subconsciously afraid that this means you are losing your baby. Likewise, your …

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What are you telling your family? Tips for better communication

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What are you telling your family? Tips for better communication“You are so lucky to have such a great family. You seem to really enjoy each other. I would love to have your family.” Those are compliments that most people enjoy hearing about their family, but not everyone does.

Strong families don’t just happen. They happen because individuals choose to nurture their relationships. The modern world is fast paced and stressful. Everyone is so busy! How can you create a space for clear, open communications with the people they care the most about?

Functional families balance the needs of individuals with the needs of the family. The message that should be communicated is a balance of “you matter” and “I also matter.”  Take a moment to think about what your

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Bipolar disorder: an introduction

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Three years ago I was admitted to the hospital for depression and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After reading numerous books on the subject I came to agree with the diagnosis. Before learning that I had bipolar disorder I just thought I was energetic, outgoing, enthusiastic and had periodic issues with depression.

Bipolar disorder: an introductionMost of us have a pretty good idea of what depression is, but what about bipolar disorder? Historically, the condition was known as manic depressive disorder, and the presence of both depression and mania defines the term. In order to be diagnosed by a psychiatrist as having bipolar disorder, a person would have had to experience at least one episode of mania in addition to clinically significant depression.

Let’s …

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Workplace bullying

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Workplace BullyingProfessional environments aim to be healthy workplaces. However, despite years of research and discussion workplace conflict, discrimination and bullying continue to proliferate, and people continue to suffer. Workplace bullying, specifically, can lead to severe psychological symptoms which include: psychosomatic issues, insomnia/fatigue, deflated self-esteem, reduced confidence, increased stress, anxiety, depression and potentially post-traumatic stress disorder.

What does workplace bullying look like?

“I was the only man in the office. A group of my female colleagues would make comments about my physique, tease me about whether or not I was seeing anyone, and flirt with me, amongst other things. I repeatedly asked them, nicely, to cut it out, but they only laughed and poked fun at the ‘sensitive guy.’ I couldn’t stand

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