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Mental Health and the Family

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By Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program

Dealing with mental illness is difficult for the individual diagnosed with a disorder. However, it can also be tough for those around the individual such as friends, and particularly, family members. While it’s absolutely important for the individual to be focused on their recovery, we often don’t think about the impact it can also have on family members. Read more

The Problem with Perfectionism

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On February 5th, as a part of the kickoff to Psychology month at CAMH, one of Canada’s most prominent Psychologists Dr. Martin Antony presented at Grand Rounds to a packed room at Queen Street and across CAMH as people tuned in online. Dr. Antony is Chair of the Department of Psychology at Ryerson and is internationally recognized for his work in developing interventions for a range of mental health concerns.

At Grand Rounds Dr. Antony spoke about perfectionism – a trait that is in some contexts considered an asset but can also seriously compromise mental health and quality of life. Here, he and his graduate student, Hanna McCabe-Bennet blog about perfectionism – its nature and the pitfalls and strategies to address it.

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From Surviving to Advising

bench-talkingDr. Sacha Agrawal and Pat Capponi, co-leaders of the Patient as Teacher initiative, discuss the positive impact of their program, which pairs fourth year psychiatry residents with people with lived-experience, in order to give a better understanding of the lives and needs of the people they will be helping. Read more

Saying What Needs To Be Said: How to support a loved one struggling with an eating disorder

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By Jessica Bodach, NYAC Member

Watching a loved one struggle with an eating disorder can make a person feel frightened, frustrated, and ultimately useless. It can be hard to even approach the topic of their disorder without fearing that you may make them feel angry and defensive. Unfortunately, when we use avoidance to spare ourselves from having a difficult conversation, we are unintentionally allowing the disorder to continue to damage our loved one’s mind and body. Read more

Shedding a light on psychology

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By Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program

As a psychologist, I sometimes wonder what people think about my profession. A common question I often hear when I meet people for the first time is, “So does that mean you are psychoanalyzing me?”. With February being Psychology Month, I thought this might be a great time to shed a bit of light about psychologists, who we are, and what we do. Read more

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