The stigmatization of mental health issues in our society makes coping with mental illness much more difficult. The solution? Let’s talk about it.
The new Netflix blockbuster 13 Reasons Why is popularizing a youth suicide storyline, with potentially dangerous consequences. But is it a graphic and glamorized glorification of one teen’s revenge fantasy? Or a brave and unflinching social commentary on the contemporary youth suicide crisis?
Dr. Liann Meloff talks mindfulness and provides proven strategies to help change your unhealthy eating habits.
Do you or a loved one suffer from post-partum depression? Unsure? We walk you through the signs, symptoms & next steps, including natural treatment options.
The purpose of this study was to compare how using either the American or Canadian assessment differed in interpretation of results.
As we continue to learn more about its intricate operation with every passing day, we now know enough to dispel some of the most enduring myths. Here are three you may have heard:
Last year, Dr. Shawnda Lanting completed her two year fellowship with Copeman Healthcare Centre. As part of her fellowship, she had been researching how to streamline testing for mental illness and cognitive impairment.
While knowledge can be empowering, knowledge alone does not necessarily translate into healthy living. Research suggests a number of psychological roadblocks can, and often do, sabotage our efforts at healthy living, even if our lives depend on it.
Copeman Healthcare research that focuses on the importance of brain health and psychological health monitoring in a primary care setting
A new type of social network for your private life – scheduled to be launched this year – could make a tremendous difference in removing common obstacles in the prevention of mental health and wellness issues.
Most adults will experience an episode of poor sleep at some point in life, which is often triggered by a stressor. For many adults, sleep difficulties naturally subside as the triggering circumstances resolve – but for others, this is the onset of insomnia.
In a culture obsessed with brands, aesthetics, image and general perfection, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to feel good about ourselves. Perhaps that’s why our internal chatter, or the way in which we speak to ourselves, often includes such harsh self-criticism.
Prolonged stress also increases the risk of developing age-related cognitive disorders including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
UBC Workplace Psychology expert Sandra Robinson and Neuropsychologist Dr. Elisabeth Sherman speak to mental health in the workplace.
While most people know what they should be eating, when stress hormones kick in it’s difficult to stay on track and away from the food our bodies crave.
Why do some athletes thrive under high stress conditions, while others crumble under pressure? The answer often lies in their levels of mental fitness.
We’ve outlined the correlation between stress and natural physiological reactions below to help you understand how it impacts eating habits, and what you can do to finally put a stop to stress-induced patterns.
Prolonged stress increases the risk of developing age-related cognitive decline including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Vascular dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Good or bad stress is still STRESS which our brain responds to accordingly. Left unchecked or unmanaged, it creates a sense of unease which in turn can lead to disease.
The essence of children’s programming is to provide parents and parents-to-be with helpful guidance to ensure that their children have the best chance of developing a physical, cognitive and psychological foundation
What may help us move to a more peaceful place is to take stock of what makes us feel wealthy, what we can’t live without, what cannot be replaced.
Minding the needs of the caregiver when cognitive decline becomes a family affair
Research supports careful management of hypertension for brain health. It is also helpful to monitor psychological health and treat symptoms of depression.
Neuropsychologist, Dr. Marianne Harbok discusses how your thoughts and feelings can affect your wellness goals.
The end game is how we envision our lives 5, 10 or 15 years from now. That future often gets lost in the urgency of the day-to-day and that oft repeated line “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.
Clinical neuropsychology deals with the diagnostic assessment and treatment of brain injury (stroke, trauma, disease processes and others) or deficits in important areas of cognition such as memory, processing speed, logic & reasoning and executive functioning.
Your mood can affect the dietary choices you make…but can the opposite be true? Recent scientific findings show that food can indeed alter your mood.
The top three factors in effective parenting – number 1? Attend, respond and empathize with your child.
Meditation includes the practice of mindfulness: bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience helping to improve self-regulation.
Low self-regulation can lead to uneven work performance, underachievement at school, a chaotic family life, or poor life choices due to impulsivity.
The word “resolutions” offers images of de- feat and past failures so I prefer to use the word “decisions”. So how do we set ourselves up for success?
Stress has a very real physical impact on your health. When we experience stress, changes occur in our hormone levels as a result of our system’s fight or flight response to stress.
Mindfulness is being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, an observation of mind and body through calm and focused awareness.
Emotional pain tends to worsen when those painful, traumatic events are replayed and relived, and becomes crippling when they affect mood, relationships or professional life.
This study, by Allyson Harrison, Irene Armstrong, Laura Harrison, Rael Lange and Grant Iverson, was published in the Oxford Journal of Clinical Neuropsychology. Context Psychologists practicing in Canada must decide to use either Canadian or American normative data to use for the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV), which is an assessment that helps measure […]
Last year, Dr. Shawnda Lanting completed her two year fellowship with Copeman Healthcare Centre. As part of her fellowship, she researched streamlined testing for mental illness and cognitive impairment. She determined that testing could be reduced from 2 days to 30 minutes or less with the results being equal to the longer tests; a significant […]
Research By: Elisabeth M.S. Sherman, Shawnda Lanting, Shauna Thompson, Holly Kennedy-Symonds, Rick Tiedemann, Chris Nedelmann, & Don Copeman. Presented at: Accelerating Primary Care Conference 2014 in West Edmonton Background Family physicians are the first point of care for patients concerned about brain health and psychological health Prevention and early identification helps improve brain health and psychological health The family physician therefore has […]