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6 Oct 2017

Childhood OCD

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              “Step on a crack, and you break your mother’s back.” We’ve probably all heard this before, and maybe even avoided stepping on cracks when we first heard this as children for fear of being responsible for such a significant consequence. Having weird, random thoughts about overresponsibility, or superstitious beliefs is common enough, especially in childhood –but what happens when these thoughts begin to take over and become repetitive, intrusive, and intensely distressing? Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a type…

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5 Oct 2017

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Taking Control of Obsessive Thoughts

              All of us have weird or unwanted thoughts at times, but what if your mind got stuck on certain thoughts or images?  And no matter what you did it replayed them over and over again.  And what if along with these thoughts or…

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31 Oct 2016

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Can CBT Relieve Symptoms of Insomnia?

By: Leorra Newman, M.A. Most people have had experience with sleep difficulties at one time or another.  We are bombarded with media messages emphasizing the dangers of sleep deprivation and the importance of healthy sleep habits, yet it is difficult for many of us to find the time to disconnect…

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19 Sep 2016

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Complicated Grief: When Grief Lingers

By: Dr. Virginia Boquiren Grief is a normal, universally experienced reaction to loss. A person who is grieving can experience a myriad of difficult emotions, which at times can be overwhelming and seem never-ending. The most intense grief is often caused by the death of a loved one; however, any…

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2 May 2016

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Coping With Cancer

According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s most recent statistics, an estimated 196,900 new cases of cancer will have occurred in Canada in 2015 and 63% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their initial diagnosis (source: Canadian Cancer Society: Canadian Cancer Statistics publication). As our…

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