Causes and Characteristics of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. According to the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), “people with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality, which can be distressing for them and for their family and friends.” The term ‘schizophrenia’ meaning “a splitting of … Continue reading Causes and Characteristics of Schizophrenia

The Complex Brain and Diagnosis

I’m 62 years old and a former journalist, TV producer, marketing director, publisher and small business owner living with ADHD. Six years ago, I started having symptoms of confusion, memory loss, and dysphasia. I could no longer remember simple things like my office passcode, my own cell phone number, how to turn on the dryer, … Continue reading The Complex Brain and Diagnosis

Teens and Mental Health

The teenage years are incredibly formative and challenging. It is a time when they often experiment with their identity and need additional parental attention. Those with mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable to social exclusion, discrimination, educational difficulties, risk-taking behaviours, physical illness and even human rights violations. A study by Emory University and the University … Continue reading Teens and Mental Health

The Power of Music

The power of music is both undeniable and scientifically proven. It can help us run faster, reduce pain, increase relaxation, and even save a life.In 2017, hip hop artist Logic released his powerful song “1-800-273-8255” about suicidal ideation, recovery, and the power of hope. The title comes from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and research … Continue reading The Power of Music

Identifying Anxiety Disorder

Most people experience anxiety on occasion. You know the feeling: Your chest tightens, your breathing shallows, and your mind starts racing with worst-case scenarios. No matter how hard you try, you can’t calm down.   According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting … Continue reading Identifying Anxiety Disorder

Tips to Improve Mental and Physical Health

On a basic surface level, we understand that there is an obvious distinction between 'mind' and 'body' - or the mental vs. physical aspects of ourselves - but, as we’ve seen in plenty of studies and learned through our own life experiences, it’s not actually that clear-cut. The mind and the body are irrefutably connected … Continue reading Tips to Improve Mental and Physical Health

Conquering Anxiety, Fear of Failure, and Perfectionism Through My Art

By ​​Anna Wwoyld From childhood till adulthood, the visual arts have always been my nemesis. I have a distinct memory of when I was five years old. I got so upset that I could not draw an evenly shaped heart into the shag rug of my parents' bathroom that I had a temper tantrum complete with … Continue reading Conquering Anxiety, Fear of Failure, and Perfectionism Through My Art