Category Archives: Mental health

Your gay or lesbian teen may be at risk for depression or even suicide, part 2.

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Your gay or lesbian teen may be at risk for depression or even suicide, part 2.In Part 1, we’ve explained how you can recognize the risks of depression in your gay or lesbian teen and how you can help them. An LGBT teen (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) may also be at risk for suicide. In this situation, they are likely to demonstrate some or all of the signs of clinical depression previously outlined and these are likely to be present at an even stronger level.

If you recognize the following signs in your teen, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Signs of potential suicide may include:

  • Overwhelming sadness or severe
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Your gay or lesbian teen may be at risk for depression or even suicide, part 1

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Your gay or lesbian teen may be at risk for depression or even suicide, part 1While the publicity around the “It gets better” campaign has died down, the seriousness of the issue remains. We’ve all heard stories of serious and ongoing bullying that has gone so far as to cause a young person to commit suicide. LGBT teens (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) are often targets of bullying. This harassment causes stress which adds to the acute anxiety and emotional confusion they may feel about their different sexual orientation. They may feel that they never will be accepted for who they are and that they will never fit in despite infrequent messages from the broader …

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Facing your fears: Overcoming a phobia

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Facing your fears: overcoming a phobiaFor some people it’s flying. For others it’s dogs. There are people who are afraid of going to parties, or of public speaking. All of these are called phobias. The word describes any fear of a specific situation or object. And for some people, they can be extremely limiting, getting in the way of living a full and happy life.

If you have a phobia, you probably already know it. If you always take the stairs and never ride in elevators, you may be claustrophobic. If you wouldn’t dream of going on a trip to a rainforest for fear …

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Body image part 3: Anorexia and bulimia

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Body image part 3: anorexia and bulimiaTake this mini-quiz. Do any of these characteristics sound familiar or maybe even sound off an alarm bell?

  • An obsession with being thin and focus on weight
  • Compulsive behaviours such as weighing oneself, measuring food
  • Use of laxatives, diuretic medications and even intentional vomiting after meals
  • Refusal to eat or eating only a few morsels, despite drastic weight loss
  • Alternating binging on foods with suppression of eating
  • Are you a female between the ages of 12-25 (Note: although these eating disorders are most commonly represented in females between the ages of 12-25 years, it is also on the rise
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Body image part 2: weighing in on eating disorders

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Body image part 2: weighing in on eating disordersFAIL! Yes, fail. I even did a research paper on it in university. Oh, and did I mention I am a therapist? So, how is it I didn’t even consider my daughter might have an eating disorder?

As we concluded in the previous blog, the media has laid claim to defining what is beautiful and valuable. “Thin” is in. We’re assaulted daily with advertisements, billboards and commercials depicting unrealistic standards of popular, the “beautiful people”. So our template for happiness and beauty is based on extreme thinness and photo-shopped images. That’s another fail.

This nasty propaganda has contributed …

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