"The disease is manageable. What's left is shame and stigma." HIV Then and Now Protease Inhibitors entered the drug market in the mid 1990's, changing the face of HIV, the virus that without treatment, eventually results in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Now considered a chronic … [Read more...] about HIV Chronic Disease Management – Untangling Mental Health Obstacles
Anxiety is both an emotional and physiological experience, typically triggered by events past, present or future. Symptoms include panic and fear, sleep disturbance, sweaty/tingly hands and feet, heart palpitations, and even nausea.
Extreme anxiety is influenced by the adrenal cortex, causing a flight-or-fight response to an internal or external stimuli. This often leads to a sense of panic.
Clinically, an individual can be diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Phobia. Anxiety is also a common feature seen in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
"Federal legalization of marijuana comes with some consequences." It's Obligatory Episode The Finding My Psych production team is trying something new! In celebration of our 13th show since launching in May this year, we are testing an alternative show format. But, don't worry, we wont drift … [Read more...] about FMP 013 • It’s Obligatory: Vancouver Housing Crisis, George W. Bush, and Canadian Marijuana
"Harm Reduction is a public health policy, not a form of treatment." In Today's Episode Wow! Already up to episode number 12! In our discussion today, I start by addressing two listener questions about the nature of Positive Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. I then cover my personal brush … [Read more...] about FMP 012 • My Panic Attack and the Changing World of Addictions Treatment
"Once it happens for the first time, dread takes over." What is Agoraphobia? Do you stay home in anticipation of experiencing extreme anxiety in public? You might suffer from Agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is classified as an anxiety disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, characterized … [Read more...] about What is Agoraphobia and Why You Should Care (Treatment & Prevention)
"What you consume, you become." In Today's Episode We dive deep with a short discussion on how to manage the flow of negative information throughout our daily lives. In the current political environment, it is easy to trick ourselves into believing that what we consume, no matter now … [Read more...] about FMP 008 • Effective SMART Goals – Smash Your Anxiety (CBT Masters Series #3)
"Use your own physiology to trick your anxiety into oblivion." Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a tool used in the filed of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), designed to interrupt the physiological consequences on persistent anxiety. It is a sustainable approach with wide ranging … [Read more...] about Smash Anxiety With Progressive Muscle Relaxation – (Audio Session)
"The problem with illicit substances is their efficiency." Problem Statement: The goals of the substance user, compared to others seeking a shift in perceived mood and/or mental state, are the same. The universal nature of this goal normalizes the intention as an improved sense of wellbeing, … [Read more...] about We Are All Looking for an Altered State – Stop Judging Substance Users