Reading – An Open Letter to My Childhood Friends

“Whenever I bump into you in the high street, in the gym, the pub, uneasiness washes over me. I don’t know who to be: the school child me, with high grades but a rebellious streak; young adult me, flirting with socialism and madness; or “mature” me, literary, tired, and slightly jaded. The truth is, depression…

Reading – The Worst Things You Can Say To Someone With Mental Illness

As someone who deals with depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, Rachel Griffin is all too familiar with these insensitive interactions. The New York University graduate student made a video about all of the ridiculous things she’s heard from other people about mental illness. The phrases range from confusing to downright frustrating. The worst thing…

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Reading – Ottawa psych student’s app to help ‘thousands’ with anxiety, depression

“Then, frustrated by a lack of accessible services for depression and anxiety patients and spurred by years’ worth of existing research in web-based education in cognitive behavioural therapy, Perron started working on an app called TruReach Health — now set for release on Apple and Android devices on Sept. 9 — which gives patients a…

Reading – Overcoming Incest: 7 Steps for Healing the Scars of Sexual Abuse

Aside from the advice for healing, the facts around incest will blow you away: Incest is defined as sexual contact between persons who are so closely related that their marriage is illegal, such as in the case of parents and children, first cousins, and siblings. Incest usually takes the form of an older family member…

Reading – I Don’t Hate You, I Have Social Anxiety 

Interesting description of what it’s like to deal with social anxiety. As a survivor I was never officially diagnosed as having social anxiety but I know that I was extremely shy, fearful of how other people viewed me, and generally avoided most situations that called for a lot of personal interaction. As I healed from…

This Week’s Links (weekly)

The Father’s Day Problem tags: CA ChildAbuse Column: Depression thrives on secrecy and isolation – it’s time to speak out tags: CA Depression 5 Mistakes People Make When Managing Their Depression tags: CA Depression Depression, Anxiety and Life’s Ups and Downs tags: CA Depression How to Trust People Again | After Trauma tags: CA ChildAbuse Posted…