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Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Panic, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Practicing Self-Care Can Be Hard

While practicing self-care can seem counter-intuitive for some people, it is essential to managing mental illnesses like anxiety and achieving overall wellness.

Anxiety, Cannabis, Depression, Mental Health

The 2-Decade Evolution of My Mental Health

With Mental Health Awareness Month coming to a close in Canada and the US, what follows is the evolution of my mental health.

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Anxiety, Cannabis, Depression, Mental Health

How to get a medical cannabis prescription in Canada (when your doctor won’t discuss it).

While the process to get a medical cannabis prescription is getting easier, it can still be daunting and the process difficult to navigate. Here I share some of the basics.

Cannabis, Depression, Mental Health

Feeling Hopeless – the cruelty of depression

Depression robs you of your ability to feel the good while simultaneously amplifying the bad.

Depression, Mental Health

#Depression knocks me on my ass!

It still surprises me that after all these years battling depression, it can still knock me on my ass! It's frustrating and exhausting. But, it shouldn't be surprising. Not really. Dealing with depression symptoms - something I've done for almost 20 years - is like playing the same crappy computer game over and over, and… Continue reading #Depression knocks me on my ass!

Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health

The holidays are hard – especially for those with #mentalillness

I come from a long line of people with mental illness. From OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) to schizophrenia to GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) to maybe even PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It stands to reason then, that some of this landed on me and even my kids. If you've read one or two of my… Continue reading The holidays are hard – especially for those with #mentalillness

Anxiety, Cannabis, Depression, Mental Health

#Cannabis is legal in Canada P3 – Marrying tried-and-true with the new when managing #mentalillness

In a recent post, I wrote about the adverse side effects I'd had to a pharma-based switch in my medication, prescribed to help with my evolving anxiety - which it did do. To counteract the side effects, my doctor prescribed more pharma meds. I disagreed and went back to my old medication. My decision to… Continue reading #Cannabis is legal in Canada P3 – Marrying tried-and-true with the new when managing #mentalillness

Mental Health, Anxiety, Cannabis, Depression, Menopause, Women's Health

Can Cannabis Help with My Mental illness?

So cannabis is finally legal in Canada. YAY! October 17th was a big day for us - as a forward-thinking nation, of course - but also for many of us with mental illness looking to either subsidize our pharma products with cannabis, or replace them altogether. My doctor wasn't ready to make that assertion nor… Continue reading Can Cannabis Help with My Mental illness?

Depression, Mental Health, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

My brain chemistry knew before I did…

I am currently semi-retired from over thirty-five years in the corporate world. As such, the days tend to (blissfully) run into each other. Friday is no longer the anchor tethering me to sanity and the term "long weekend" means little more than an extra day when family a friends may be available to socialize. As… Continue reading My brain chemistry knew before I did…

Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health

#Anxiety sufferers – KNOW THYSELF!

My journey with anxiety disorder has been a long one. The first anxiety attack (I can remember) occurred when I was around age 10. I woke up in the pre-dawn hours scared out of my wits. Pounding heart, sweaty palms, and rapid breathing through clenched teeth. I crept through the quiet house, opened the front… Continue reading #Anxiety sufferers – KNOW THYSELF!