Things Are Good: Volunteering Improves Your Mental Health

Volunteering is good for others, and it’s good for the volunteers too. People all have difference reasons for volunteering in their communities and whatever motivates them clearly helps others too. What’s really interesting is that it turns out that volunteers are rewarded by better mental health. Yes, volunteering can help people deal with depression and ...

Things Are Good: Local Greenbelts can Reduce Depression and Obesity

Living near green space will make your life better. New studies coming out of Europe point out that proximity to nature has an impact on levels of depression, as in there is less depression. If you have the option to keep local forests (or any green space) then you should keep it! Not only are ...

centre of the universe: Frozone

I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. I have, in the past, taken medications to deal with some of the symptoms. I have used light therapy (I had this great doctor who had therapeutic lamps in his office and I could just stop in a few times a week to read/study under them). I make sure to…

Things Are Good: 30 Minutes in Your Local Park is Perfect

Urban parks are great and now some Aussie researchers have found another reason to create more of them: it’s really good for your health. We’ve known for years that spending time in nature is good for people but his research augments that knowledge with a timeframe. It takes only 30 minutes of being in an ...

Things Are Good: Smart Kids, Depression, Existential Crisis, And What You Can Do

Kids think a lot about the world around them thanks to their natural curiosity. As adults we can embrace their curiosity and encourage it or we can dull their intellectual indulgences. How we react and support kids in their process of learning can have a big impact. At various ages kids learn that their lives ...

Things Are Good: Using Ketamine to Treat Severe Depression

Depression affects a lot of people and research into dealing with depression has taken on a lot of forms over the years. Recently there has been growing use of “party drugs” to treat those with depression. People with severe depression don’t react to treatments the same as others, which has led researchers to look for ...

Left Over: The Working Class can Kiss my…

Condos without down payments could be sold by B.C. developer Buyers would get a discount on the price, which would become a virutual down payment CBC News Posted: Jan 12, 2016 9:33 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016 9:33 AM PT       What a ridiculous idea..shows the paucity of real concepts to ...

April Reign: Apartment Living is Crushing My Soul

April Reign Apartment living is crushing my soul. I feel as though I have lost my connection to life. Time and seasons pass but nothing changes. It’s the same four walls. The difference only whether there is snow or leaves on the trees I can see through the balcony door. I long for a garden. ...

Things Are Good: A New Perspective on Depression

Depression seemed to be talked about more last year than in previous years thanks to celebrities revealing their troubles with the affliction. There’s also been more research into depression. With more people thinking about and looking into depression we get new perspectives on the issue. Now, some researchers are arguing that depression could be a ...

The Disaffected Lib: Climate Change Fatigue or Eco-Depression?

I got an e-mail recently from a woman who said she was weaning herself off from environmental activism.  She was burned out.  The fight had just taken too heavy a toll on her so she was hanging up her spurs. It made me revisit a couple of conversations I’ve had with climate scientists. When, as ...

Montreal Simon: Robin Williams and the Demon Depression

He was such a funny man, he made so many people laugh. Which only made his sad death even more shocking. Robin Williams, the versatile actor whose madcap comic style made him one of television and film's biggest stars, was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California. He was 63.But ...

Politics and its Discontents: Terrible News

Sometimes the world is almost too much to bear, but not to this point. Robin Williams has committed suicide. Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Never-Ending War on Veterans

I've written quite a few posts about the disgraceful way the Con regime treats our veterans.And about the disgusting way their depraved leader claims to be standing up for our men and women in uniform. God bless all of our men and women in uniform. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/xR8LvJBlgS— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) June 10, 2014 While betraying ...

knitnut.net: 100 Happy Days

GC and I were walking to the bus stop the other morning and he asked if I wanted to do the 100-Day Happiness Challenge with him. “Absolutely,” I said. “What is it?” So here’s what it is. You can start anytime. You register. Every day you take a picture of something that makes you happy ...

knitnut.net: Where have I been?

Where have I been the last few months? I’ve been depressed. I still am, but I’m doing better now than I was. It was bad. It started in December and peaked in February I think. Between crazy workload issues and packing and moving and selling the house and renovations and migraines and awful migraine prevention ...

A. Picazo: Ending The Stigma

This op-ed appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on January 28, 2014.   On Dec. 29, Christopher Peloso, the 40-year-old husband of former Ontario deputy premier George Smitherman, was reported missing. “Freedom from depression has been elusive for Christopher,” Smitherman tweeted on the eve of the 29th. “We fear for his safety.” A followup tweet issued just hours later linked ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The rise of Bitcoin: and the challenge to the global domination of big money

The following article was written on October 25. I wanted to read it over once more before publishing it, then got busy with other things and forgot about it. In the roughly six weeks that have passed since the writing of this article, the Bitcoin prices have gone from roughly $200 to over $700. There ...

Things Are Good: Even Moderate Exercise Can Stave Off Depression

There’s a bunch of scientific evidence that already proves the benefits of exercise for one’s mental health, and now we know that even moderate workouts can have a huge impact. Even walking for just 20-30 minutes a day can improve resilience to depression! So if you don’t want to go to the gym or lace ...

Politics, Re-Spun: BC’s Child Support Clawback Hurts Kids

 British Columbia’s Child Support Clawback for Children of Parents on Government Assistance Hurts Kids When I bring up the issue of the child support clawback in British Columbia affecting single parents on temporary or disability assistance through the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, most people are completely unaware of this mean-spirited policy. It ...

Bill Longstaff: Be happy, be an atheist

I couldn’t resist a chuckle over a study reported in the October issue of the journal Psychological Medicine. The study, entitled “Spiritual and religious beliefs as risk factors for the onset of major depression: an international cohort study,” examined the incidence of major depression in 8,318 people from seven countries over a one-year period. The ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Who Am I?

Recently, my husband Jim and I visited an old friend – someone I hadn’t seen since 1986.  Back then, we lived in Washington, DC where Jim worked at the Canadian Embassy.  On weekends, we would visit the beach house of our friends Pam and Norm on the Delaware coast.  Norm passed away some years ago ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Globe and Mail: A Study in Vindictiveness

As one well-acquainted with the scourge of depression and the toll it takes on both the sufferer and his/her family, it was with great interest that I recently read Jan Wong’s account of her struggle with the disease in Out of the Blue. In what I view as an act of personal courage, the former ...

Montreal Simon: The Slow Death of Ashley Smith

It is without a doubt one of the worst things I have ever seen. The slow death of Ashley Smith.While her guards watched.Read that and weep.Or watch the video here.If you can bear it.Read more »

Death By Trolley: A brave new world: Why moving beyond university can precipitate crisis

As students approach the completion of their university education some are excited to enter the “Real World”. Others are in no rush to “move on” – perhaps out of fear or uncertainty about their future, anticipatory nostalgia, or a keen awareness of what a uniquely special time the university years are. University really can be ...

Death By Trolley: The Grad School Gospels – Part 3: Academe Can’t Be Your Everything

The Grad School Gospels is a series of posts inspired by Dirk Hayhurst‘s The Bullpen Gospels. In the Bullpen Gospels, Hayhurst tells stories from his struggle to self-actualize through professional baseball. Inspired by Hayhurst and the many commonalities I noticed between the minor league track to the Majors, as he described it, and my experience ...