Monthly Archives: September 2014

Gambling: what is responsible gambling? (Part 1)

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women at slot machinesWhen I tell people I am a Responsible Gambling Supervisor for Responsible Gambling Centres, they often give me a skeptical or confused look and say something like, “isn’t that an oxymoron?” or “I didn’t even know that existed”. In fact, they do exist and Responsible Gambling Centres (RGC) are found in many casinos and gaming establishments across Canada. RGC’s provide information and tips to the public on how to keep gambling fun, and their employees provide factual information on how games and other forms of gambling are played. They dispel myths and offer facts on the odds of winning (and losing!). RGC staff help casino patrons (and their loved ones) …

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Don’t worry. Be happy: making new friends at university

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young adults carrying boxesMost students are anxious about making friends when they first move into residence. I personally didn’t sleep the night before I moved in. Fortunately, I quickly realized that there was really no need to worry at all. Now I share a residence building with eight hundred students just like myself, all wanting to meet new people and make new friends. Unlike the first day of high school when you had your best friends from elementary school with you, in first year university everyone is in the same boat. The majority of students know no more than a few friends or acquaintances and so you can feel less nervous about being the …

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Three lessons about grief when a loved one dies

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sad womanMy mom died on August 3, 2012, and it has taken me two years to be able to write that and not experience an intense rush of grief or a state of near-tears, two reactions that have been a big part of my life since her passing. It’s only now, after all this time, that I can attend my daughter’s high school graduation without being consumed by grief and sadness at the absence of my mom from such a significant family event. It has been a challenging two years to say the least, as I have lived through many of the grief stages that as a clinician I myself have educated …

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Three lesser-known ways social media can cause you anxiety

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Three ladies sitting on a sofa and laughingWe naturally experience enough stress in our busy lives that it makes good sense to consider ways in which to identify and avoid any new sources. In this manner we can either choose to minimize the stress or better prepare for the experience. However, sometimes the source will take you by surprise and affect you in ways that you couldn’t have foreseen. Social media is one of these unexpected sources that has the potential to cause you anxiety, more than the commonly-experienced stress related to setting up your account profile.

Social media increases our need for approval

The aim of social media is to post content that will be re-shared by …

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