By Corine Carlisle, Clinical Head, Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Service
“Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head?”
In fact, you could say that as a psychiatrist it is my job to wonder what is going on in people’s heads!
So when Pixar’s new movie release, Inside Out opened with this question, I was hooked and also a little cautious. How was an animated movie going to navigate this delicate and intricate subject? Read more
By Sophia Attwells, Graduate Student at CAMH, Art by Janice Liu
CAMH and University of Toronto researchers are leading the way in discovering biological markers that may characterize obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a mental illness that affects at least 2.5% of Canadians. OCD is a form of anxiety that manifests in repetitive thoughts and subsequent rituals. It is a serious and lifelong mental illness with 75% of people with OCD developing the illness before the age of 24. Read more
By Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program
Attitudes toward mental illness vary among individuals, families, ethnicities, cultures, and countries. Cultural backgrounds can often influence individual’s beliefs about mental illness and shape their attitudes toward being mentally ill or their view of individuals suffering with mental illness. It can also be an influencing factor in how people experience stigma related beliefs about mental illness. It is therefore important to understand individual and cultural beliefs related to mental illness in order to implement effective approaches to overall assessment and care. Read more
By Natalie Yiu, Occupational Therapist at CAMH’s LEARN
I work at CAMH’s Learning, Employment, Advocacy, Recreation, Network (LEARN) program, which serves clients who have experienced an episode of psychosis, and is aimed at re-integrating them back into the the community. We strive to offer clients a varied experience, through programs that are thought-provoking, challenging, and fun – while also improving their mental health and well-being.
So when Brigitte Huard, Programming Coordinator at Design Exchange, approached me about doing a community outreach program with LEARN to enhance access to arts and design, it was a dream come true! Read more