Mental Health

Talk to me.

I know that you aren’t happy, no matter how you act in front of family, in front of friends, in front of strangers. You have your reasons, legitimate reasons why you feel the way you do. I know you have moments when you think the world wouldn’t even notice if …

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The real cost of ADHD

Attention deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder (adhd) and it’s more common relative, Attention deficit Disorder (ADD) are being diagnosed in children at an unprecedented rate. There is a fear that while many do have adhd or ADD to a greater or lesser degree, the diagnosis is being used as a catch-all for …

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Misunderstanding Tourette Syndrome

Sitting in class learning can be a challenging subjects such as science or mathematics experience at the best of times. So having someone who continually disrupts the class by either saying things or making noises or who can’t stop moving only makes it more difficult. If you are the teacher of the …

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Talk to me

I know that you aren’t happy, no matter how you act in front of family, in front of friends, in front of strangers. You have your reasons, legitmate reasons why you feel the way you do. I know you have moments when you think the world wouldn’t even notice if …

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5 moms and their kids left behind

So what you may not know is that when it comes to any mental health issue affecting a child or a youth that the system is divided into three non-cooperative spheres. There are The Hospitals, The Schools, and The Mental Health Agencies in the community. Now each of these is …

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Why Worry?

Most things are easier said than done. “Don’t worry about things you cannot change” is a common one, and in the most part, it’s true. Of course, if a satellite the size of a bus is about to drop on your house, it is hard not to worry. Sometimes life …

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Next to Normal

Dancap Productions supports PCMH with the show Next To Normal Next To Normal is a musical about the emotional dynamic of a family dealing with mental illness.The New York Times calls NEXT TO NORMAL a brave, breathtaking work of muscular grace and power. It is much more than a feel-good …

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Out of Fear

We all live with some type of fear in our daily lives, we don’t always know it’s there, or that it controls our thoughts, but it’s there. There are healthy fears that keep you safe, like the fear of getting burnt, which keeps you a safe distance from extreme heat. …

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ADHD and Money.

You wouldn’t give a pyromaniac a flame thrower and you wouldn’t give a compulsive gambler free credit in Vegas. So why is it that people with ADHD are able to look after money? As I have previously mentioned, both my wife and myself have ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) which …

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Father and Daughter

Many of you know that my beautiful daughter has a mental illness and that her life, as well as that of my wife and I, has been a struggle for many years. She has Bi-polar disorder. It’s an medical illness not a choice. Recently she got in allot of trouble …

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The ringing phone

Do you hate hearing your phone ring during school hours? Do you get that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you see your child’s school number on the call display? I know I do. If my phone rings between 9 am and 3:30 pm my stomach falls …

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I Dreamed a Dream

There’s a song from the musical Les Misérables called “I Dreamed a Dream“. The final line, “now life has killed the dream I dreamed” resonates so deeply in my soul I’m left heartbroken each time I hear it. I told you about my childhood dream of being a mom. How …

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…to finish where I left off…

After Music, Movement and Motivation there were three morning workshops to choose from: Impact on Siblings, The Parent School Relationship and The Ontario Advocate. The sibling workshop was presented by Dave Weaver and Sharon Skutovich of CPRI. The presentation focused on how childrens disabilities impact the lives of siblings. Since …

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Together Strong Conference

WOW! That’s all I can start with – WOW! It was amazing!! It was an amazing weekend at the Together Strong conference! I was overwhelmed with valuable information – overwhelmed in a good way. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, something boring; professionals lecturing and using $10 words; sad, …

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They Mean Well Don’t They?

If you’re a parent then you know who I’m talking about, if you’re a parent of a child with mental illness you definitely know who I’m talking about – the advice givers or more appropriately, the “Givers of Unsolicited Advice” or GUAs for short. You know them, you’ve met them, …

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They Mean Well Don't They?

If you’re a parent then you know who I’m talking about, if you’re a parent of a child with mental illness you definitely know who I’m talking about – the advice givers or more appropriately, the “Givers of Unsolicited Advice” or GUAs for short. You know them, you’ve met them, …

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Glee

I am a huge fan of the TV show Glee – the one centred around a glee club at a high school in Ohio.The kids that belong to the glee club, called “New Directions”, are the lowest of the low on the school’s social hierarchy and sometimes I can truly relate to what they’re feeling. [...]

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