In July 2019 I was diagnosed (by a psychiatrist) as having complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) resulting from physical, emotional and sexual abuse that occurred during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
On October 17, 2018 (the day recreational weed became legal across Canada) I posted a blog on cannabis and mental health. I want to do a few follow-up posts offering more about research in this area and my personal experiences. Since recreational cannabis edibles became legal on October 17, 2019, the update seems (relatively) timely.… Continue reading Deep Dive into Cannabis | Part 1 | Cannabis & Mental Health
I originally posted this Saturday, but woke up with major anxiety about it at 1 am and got up to take it down. I'll make some notes below to try and explain why. I read a post by IFLScience yesterday on myths about mental health. I was struck particularly by this passage: "Physical manifestations may… Continue reading Mental Health IS Health: Facts and Personal Anecdotes
There have been many articles written on the ways animals can help people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. There is even a Human Animal Bond Research Institute! Check out the research summaries they have on mental health and trauma/PTSD. My first awareness of the importance of pets to mental health came in… Continue reading Soothe your Soul: Pet a Soft Purring Cat or Take a Brisk Walk with a Dog.
I'm going to try to stay calm and reasoned with this topic, but I can't promise it won't spill over into a full on rant. I've looked at several academic journal articles over the past few days and the interplay between gender and mental health is complex. The way this complexity is presented on some… Continue reading It’s Your Uterus? Women’s Mental Health