Helping professionals to help us

We’ve all been there… Doctor: “How much caffeine do you drink a day?” Patient: “Oh, only a cup a day” (while thinking to themselves, it’s actually 4) Doctor: “Ok, good. Do you smoke cigarettes?” Patient: “Only socially” (while thinking, ‘ok, maybe a

What is Cognitive Dissonance?

Cognitive Dissonance How we cope with two differing ideas at once. How many times have you heard, “ignorance is bliss”  or “that’s my rationalization and I’m sticking to it?”. These statements are the result of cognitive dissonance. When we hold

Relaxation Techniques and How to Apply Them in Daily Living

Stress appears to be quite the hot topic these days, as I hear everyone I know recently discussing how stressed they are. Even if you are not stressed at the moment, these may be some good tips to keep in

The Modern Day Plague – Mental Illness

One of my very first posts on this blog was about the “epidemic of mental illness“. In it, I discussed how I strongly feel that those of us in westernized cultures have created lifestyles that make us more prone to

Can work make you sick?

According to the Center for Disease Control, 40% of working Americans state they find their job very or extremely stressful. That’s almost half of America finding themselves in stressful work environments. Many things can cause work to feel stressful: threat of layoffs, no longer enjoying

What is Dialectical Behavioural Therapy?

 You may have heard about it, it’s been around for a little while, but as far as therapies goes, it’s fairly new. It was first developed in the mid 90’s by Dr. Marsha Linehan. She found that while working with certain