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Mental health stigma

Let’s Talk About It: The Stigmatization of Mental Illness

The stigmatization of mental health issues in our society makes coping with mental illness much more difficult. The solution? Let’s talk about it.

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13 Reasons Why sparks important conversations

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?

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A psychologist’s take on breaking mindless eating habits

Dr. Liann Meloff talks mindfulness and provides proven strategies to help change your unhealthy eating habits.

Postpartum depression you are not alone

Postpartum Depression: You are not alone

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.

Comparing Canadian and American Normative Scores on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale

Comparing Canadian and American Normative Scores on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale

The purpose of this study was to compare how using either the American or Canadian assessment differed in interpretation of results.

Three common myths about your brain

Three common myths about your brain

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:

Breakthrough in cognitive testing at Copeman Healthcare

Breakthrough in cognitive testing at Copeman Healthcare

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.

When knowledge is not enough overcoming psychological roadblocks to lifestyle change

When knowledge is not enough: Overcoming psychological roadblocks to lifestyle change

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.

Brain Health and Psychological Health Awareness and Monitoring in a Primary Care Setting

Brain Health and Psychological Health Awareness and Monitoring in a Primary Care Setting

Copeman Healthcare research that focuses on the importance of brain health and psychological health monitoring in a primary care setting

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Likeminder™ – The future of preventive mental healthcare

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.

Your pathway to a better night’s sleep Treatment options for insomnia

Your pathway to a better night’s sleep: Treatment options for insomnia

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.

Achieving healthy self-esteem

Achieving healthy self-esteem

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.

Stress strain on the brain can put health in peril

Stress strain on the brain can put health in peril

Prolonged stress also increases the risk of developing age-related cognitive disorders including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Bad bosses take their tolls on employees and companies alike

UBC Workplace Psychology expert Sandra Robinson and Neuropsychologist Dr. Elisabeth Sherman speak to mental health in the workplace.

Feeding your stress: Why you do it and how to gain back control

Feeding your stress: in the Vancouver Sun

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.

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The psychology of performance

Why do some athletes thrive under high stress conditions, while others crumble under pressure? The answer often lies in their levels of mental fitness.

Feeding your stress: Why you do it and how to gain back control

Stress and hunger

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.

effects of stress on your brain

The effects of stress on your brain

Prolonged stress increases the risk of developing age-related cognitive decline including Mild Cognitive Impairment, Vascular dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease.

A prescription for work-life balance

A prescription for work-life balance

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.

childrens health program offers best chance for disease prevention

Children’s Healthcare Program Offers Best Chance of Prevention

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

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The Antidote to a Downturn? A Personal Turn Inward.

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.

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Minding the needs of the caregiver when cognitive decline becomes a family affair

Minding the needs of the caregiver when cognitive decline becomes a family affair

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Brain Health: just one more reason to manage hypertension

Research supports careful management of hypertension for brain health. It is also helpful to monitor psychological health and treat symptoms of depression.

psychological factors to consider for healthy living

Psychological factors to consider for healthy living

Neuropsychologist, Dr. Marianne Harbok discusses how your thoughts and feelings can affect your wellness goals.

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Start With the End in Mind

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.

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Brain Health: Completing our Vision of Wellness

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.

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Food and your Mood

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.

Top-Three Factors in Effective Parenting – Theory of Self-Regulation

Top Three Factors in Effective Parenting – Theory of Self-Regulation

The top three factors in effective parenting – number 1? Attend, respond and empathize with your child.

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Is Meditation On Your Mind?

Meditation includes the practice of mindfulness: bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience helping to improve self-regulation.

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Understanding the Inner CEO: Self-Regulation and ADHD

Low self-regulation can lead to uneven work performance, underachievement at school, a chaotic family life, or poor life choices due to impulsivity.

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Re-Inspire Your Resolutions

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?

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The Top 5 Ways to Manage Your Stress

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.

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How Mindfulness is Good for the Heart

Mindfulness is being fully aware of whatever is happening in the present moment, an observation of mind and body through calm and focused awareness.

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Protecting Your Heart From Emotional Pain

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.

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Comparing Canadian and American Normative Scores on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale

Comparing Canadian and American Normative Scores on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale

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 […]

Breakthrough in cognitive testing at Copeman Healthcare

Breakthrough in cognitive testing at Copeman Healthcare

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 […]

Brain Health and Psychological Health Awareness and Monitoring in a Primary Care Setting

Brain Health and Psychological Health Awareness and Monitoring in a Primary Care Setting

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 […]