I saw this CBC story recently about a man who was written off because he was just a psych patient. I wanted to write about it, then promptly forgot about it until suninthespring brought it to my attention. In April 2018, David Pontone went to the emergency department at Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Canada.… Continue reading Just a Psych Patient? – Stigma in the ER
People often talk about stress and feeling stressed out. The combination of multiple work, family, and other commitments can start to feel like they're crushing us. So what exactly is stress? It occurs when strain is placed on the body in a way that disrupts its normal balance and functioning. The source can be internal… Continue reading How Stress Affects the Mind and Body
IMDB I recently learned from a fellow blogger about the Dunedin Study, which explored the issue of nature vs. nurture and turned up some fascinating results. The study followed a group of 1000 individuals born in 1972 in the New Zealand city of Dunedin. Interviewing and testing with these individuals still continues, and the study… Continue reading Nature vs. Nurture: Findings from Dunedin Study
A few days ago, my family doctor had sent me into hospital because of worsening shortness of breath. I wasn't overly surprised when I was met with stigma in the ER. It seemed like the ER doc took one look at my list of psych meds and wrote me off as "just a psych patient". … Continue reading Adventures in Mental Illness Stigma in the ER
Noupload on Pixabay Yesterday afternoon I was trying out one of the single-use thermometer strips I have for work, just to remind myself how to use them. It told me that I had a mild fever. I confirmed it on my regular thermometer. That got me thinking about how strange my body has been acting… Continue reading The body is a strange creature
Let's think about the phrases "it's just anxiety" and "it's all in your head". Let's unpack them and consider them in terms of what we know about the brain and the body.