Online haven gives HOPE to YOUTH struggling with mental illness

Based on Epoch Times Article

When considering how to improve mental health services for students, policy makers must be cognizant of the specific behaviours and habits of teens and young adults, says Aubé. In her case, she avoided talking to the school counsellor because she felt an adult couldn’t relate and wouldn’t be able to offer useful guidance. Fear of stigma amongst her peers and being labelled as “crazy” was also a block to seeking help.

Costly medications and therapy sessions aren’t always an option for young adults, many of whom work minimum wage jobs or are living on their own for the first time, she adds. This treatment gap has brought many youth who have already been diagnosed with a mental illness to her website, often as a last resort when they couldn’t find effective support elsewhere.

“I find that the traditional way [of getting help] is really intimidating for teens, and because there’s not the relatable aspect, that’s what teens are craving,” says Aubé. “We want to feel like we’re in this together.”

There is a new online support group launched by Emily Aubé, a university student and mental health activist who hails from Barrie, Ontario.anxietyfreecommunity pic

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Technology Addicted Kids: The Why And How Of Tackling It

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‘Technology overload’ is something that makes us stressed and lethargic to many other things in day-to-day life. Though technology has made life easier, technology obsession has made life uneasy for many. It also necessitates to upgrade parenting skills. This article throws light into many of those challenges and alternatives. Read more…

Technology Addicted Kids: The Why And How Of Tackling It.

Addiction Starts With Overcorrection in the Brain

| Psych Central News

When drugs and alcohol release unnaturally high levels of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure system, oxidative stress occurs in the brain, according to scientists from Brigham Young University.

“Addiction is a brain disease that could be treated like any other disease,” researcher Scott Steffensen, Ph.D., said. “I wouldn’t be as motivated to do this research, or as passionate about the work, if I didn’t think a cure was possible.”

During their research, Steffensen and his collaborators found that the brain responds by generating a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This correction suppresses the brain’s normal production of dopamine long after someone comes down from a high. Not having enough dopamine is what causes the pains andanxiety of withdrawal, according to the researchers.

Addiction Starts With Overcorrection in the Brain | Psych Central News.

Proactively addressing addictions in the workplace…

Canadian Occupational Safety :

What is the first image that comes to your mind when you think about an addict? The majority of individuals envision a person who is sitting in a back alley with a bottle in hand, or a needle protruding from their arm. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse(CCSA) discovered 77 per cent of drug addicts and 90 per cent of alcoholics are employed. The addicts of today include nurses, lawyers, surgeons, teenagers and soccer moms. Despite the fact the face of addictions has changed over the past 50 years, the challenges remain the same.

Substance abuse while on the job remains to be a serious issue for numerous companies, and the safety of many is at stake. CCSA reported that 40 per cent of workplace accidents that result in death involve drug or alcohol use. In an effort to target this problem, companies are starting to look into random drug and alcohol testing. Recently, the arbitration board rejected Suncor’s goal to do just that.

Proactively addressing addictions in the workplace.

When Cannabis Goes Corporate

Hershey stopped producing chocolate in Smiths Falls, Ontario, six years ago. The work went to Mexico, but the factory remains, along with reminders of the glory days: A sign that once directed school buses delivering children for tours. A fading, theme-park-style entrance that marks what used to be the big attraction — a “Chocolate Shoppe” that sold about $4 million of broken candy and bulk bars a year.

The once ever-present sweet smell of chocolate is gone, too. In the high-ceilinged warehouse, where stacks of Hershey’s bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups once awaited shipment, the nose now picks up a different odor: the woody, herbal aroma of 50,000 marijuana plants.

Fundamentals of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy combines standard CBT (cognitive-behavioural therapy) techniques for regulating emotion and testing reality with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindfulness chiefly originating with Buddhist and other Eastern meditative practices (Wikipedia, 2013). Here are the main features.

  1. DBT is support-oriented. Rather than merely examine what is wrong, the processes help a person to identify her strengths and build on them so that she can feel better about herself and her life.
  2. DBT is cognitive-based. In true CBT fashion, DBT helps clients identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that are making life harder for them. Examples of these could be: “I have to be perfect or I’m worthless”, “I got angry, so I must be a terrible person”. DBT helps clients to replace these with more helpful thoughts and beliefs, ones which make life easier to bear: for example, “I’m quite competent at tennis, but I am still a beginner at negotiation skills” or “Anger is a natural, protective emotion, and most people experience it at some time.”
  3. DBT is collaborative. The goal is to have the therapist as an ally rather than an adversary as the issues are worked through. Thus, the therapist aims to accept and validate the client’s feelings at any given time, BUT – and here is one of the dialectical aspects – the therapist does not shy away from showing the client how some feelings and behaviours are maladaptive and pointing out better alternatives (Wikipedia 2013). Thus, through such a tough-love stance, the therapist achieves the synthesis of two polar opposites, e.g.: “I accept you as you are” and also, “Changing some things can bring you higher quality of life.” Clients are encouraged to work out problems in their relationships with their therapist, and therapists are encouraged to do the same with them. Moreover, therapists are encouraged to support one another in supporting the BPD clients (Psych Central, 2007b).

AIPC Article Library | Fundamentals of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.