Monthly Archives: June 2015

Your obsession to know if you are sick can actually make you sick [Infographic]

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Female_computerIn our digitized world, hypochondria has transformed into cyberchondria: an obsession over online health information as a means to identify and self-diagnose physical or mental conditions. Many cyberchondriacs are fervent believers in the power of web search engines to return accurate, well-informed health data, so much so that an astounding 35% of U.S. adults use the information they find online to self-diagnose. Unfortunately, cyberchondria is a potentially dangerous and slippery search slope: we may start our search feeling sick with worry over a newly detected lump, but end it by worrying ourselves sick over the returned search results.…

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The couple’s guide to getting through a layoff – together

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A smiling coupleThese are unpredictable financial times: after years of feeling insulated from the world economy, many of us now are hurting through departmental restructuring, job loss and the financial and stressful effects on our banks accounts.

Many employees have been laid off or even terminated as a result of the downturn of the economy, the drop in oil prices and the impact it has had on provinces like Alberta, Canada. Nevertheless, the economic impact is not isolated to one area. People may work in an oil industry while maintaining their primary residence, and often their family, in another province, or …

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When [cyber] bullying turns ugly: the newest form of self-harm

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Girl sitting alone on stepsWith the increase use of smart phones, tablets and laptops, younger and younger people have greater access to the internet without parental supervision. They are using this technology to express themselves and their feelings in forums where others can witness and respond. Sometimes the responses are harmless and even encouraging, sometimes they are not. With the proliferation of technologies making online interactions more accessible and personal, there has been an unfortunate increase in the occurrences of negative cyberbullying, and now, “cyber self-bullying” incidents as well.

Cyber “self-bullying” was first publicized in 2013 after the suicide of …

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Stick and stones: how nicknames can harm someone’s mental health

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Coworkers eating togetherIn many of our daily interactions we use labels as shortcuts to describe a collection of feelings, observations and reactions. Usually these manifest in affectionate (or sometimes mean) nicknames we give our close friends or colleagues. These names often enough tend to be actual diagnostic terms that randomly label someone based on their behaviour: OCD is used to identify a friend who constantly frets over whether his bike is securely locked or not; ADHD is used to label a co-worker who rarely stays focused or who arrives to work late on a regular basis. Mental health nicknaming poses …

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Tools to help your child with autism transition into adolescence and adulthood

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child playing a gameNew data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children are being identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This estimate is 60% higher than the estimate for 2006 (1 in 110) and roughly 120% higher than the estimate for 2002 (1 in 150). As the fastest-growing serious developmental disability with no medical detection or cure, there remains an urgent need for continued research. This need becomes even more dire when you consider that about half a million of these children will become adults with autism within the next eight years.

The autism …

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