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Suicide Risk and Prevention

76 days ago

The recent news that Kate Spade, fashion icon, died by suicide has sent shock waves throughout the world.  How can someone so successful and famous who seemingly had everything going for her choose to end her life?  Suicide, however, is a complex issue and does not discriminate.  People of all genders, ages, socioeconomic status and ethnicities can be at risk.  And the risk is rising across all ages and genders.  While there are certain risk factors (depression or other mental health problem, substance abuse, history of sexual abuse, a major...

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Psychoeducational Assessments now offered at CITC

105 days ago

Psychoeducational assessments involve comprehensive testing to obtain information regarding an individual's cognitive, academic, emotional, behavioural and social functioning. The Cognitive and Interpersonal Therapy Centre is happy to announce that we now offer psychoeducational assessments for children and adolescents between the ages of 6-18 years old. Click here to read more about psychoeducational assessments. Click here to read about other services offered at the CITC. For more information regarding psychoeducational assessments or any of our other services, please send us a message here, email us at info@citcassociates.com or call/text 416-570-5050.

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Are they negatively affecting your relationship?

117 days ago

One maxim that holds true for almost every relationship is that the effort you put in bears fruit. Putting in work is both worthwhile and necessary, contributing to your long-term success and happiness in your relationship. One of the areas you can put in this work is in improving your communication. Relationships can be a lot more rewarding and run much smoother when both members are able to effectively speak their mind and feel heard by their partner. Dr. John Gottman has an interesting metaphor to showcase several methods of effective...

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Find yourself overthinking? Here's how to stop

272 days ago

Do you find that you are constantly going over and over situations in your mind and find it difficult to stop?  Do you overthink or obsess about  situations at work, your health, or about your relationships?   You are likely ruminating.  People who passively ruminate and repetitively fixate on their problems, without taking action. Over the years, there has been a lot of research done on the psychological and physiological effects of rumination.  Nolen-Hoeksema has repeatedly found that individuals who engage in rumination are more likely to develop and have prolonged periods of depression than those...

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Burnout - Are you running on empty?

566 days ago

If constant stress has you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and unmotivated, you may be suffering from burnout.  Burnout is a terms that has become popular in recent years, and is used to describe a state of emotional, physical, and psychological exhaustion caused by prolonged stress.  Burnout can cause changes to your body that leave you more susceptible to colds and flu. And extreme burnout can look a lot like depression.  Burnout is usually caused by work-related stress, but personality factors (e.g., perfectionism) and lifestyle factors (e.g., caring for young kids, taking...

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How To Deal With Holiday-Related Depression And Seasonal Affective Disorder

613 days ago

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people, and for those suffering from depression or seasonal affective disorder, they can be nearly impossible to get through alone. When the temperature drops and the landscape begins to change, it can have a profound effect on some, leading to low days where everything looks bleak and overwhelming. It’s not just a matter of feeling down on a few gray days; for some individuals, it’s hard to get out of bed. For others, substance abuse is a way of coping. And, unfortunately,...

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CITC Associate, Dr. Jessica Dere, Speaks at TEDx

626 days ago

“Simply adding some basic demographic information can significantly shift how we think about the very same behaviours”. All individuals have varied experiences that influence their appreciation and presentation of mental health concerns. One’s culture can also affect these factors. Dr. Jessica Dere recently spoke at TEDxUTSC about the significance of considering cultural factors when understanding a person’s context for their behaviours and defining mental illness. She also discusses how to engage with knowledge about an individual’s culture and the implications of a culturally-informed approach in research, clinical, and educational settings. Click on...

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Controlled Breathing to Combat Post Trump Election Stress

636 days ago

Levels of stress have jumped since Donald Trump won the U.S. election.  His win sent shockwaves around the world that were felt at both the individual and global level.  Here in Canada, many people are worried about the future and how his win will impact Canadians.  At CITC, we have noticed an increase in levels of anxiety and stress since the election.  One quick and easy way to combat stress levels is controlled breathing.  While it won't change the election results, incorporating controlled breathing to your regular daily routine can have...

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month

792 days ago

It's that time of year again - May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme Disease is on the rise in Canada and the number of people infected is growing at an alarming rate (http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/lyme-disease-1.3585784). Lyme Disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferia bacteria, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick.  In the Spring, ticks are particularly concerning as there are more nymph ticks which are about the size of a poppy seed and, therefore, difficult to detect. Lyme awareness is key to prevention.  Diagnosis, however, can be tricky as...

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Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

865 days ago

All parents want their children to be successful, but is there a limit on how much children should strive for achievement? School-aged children and youth seeking professional help for medical and mental health concerns have been on the rise. These issues create immediate difficulties and can increase the chances of these concerns persisting into adulthood. Several practitioners believe the current demands our children face may be contributing to these observed health trends. The New York Times recently featured an article that makes us question whether children are appropriately being pressured to succeed, and...

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Conflicts with your Teenager or Adolescent

885 days ago

Adolescence is a time of transition both both parents and teenagers, and increased interpersonal conflict is not uncommon.  In fact, conflict during this time period is healthy, as adolescents push for more freedom and autonomy and parents push for safety and responsibility .   So what is the best way to fight with a teenager  in order to help them develop into responsible, autonomous adults? Below is a good article recently came out in the New York Times and offers some good suggestions. The Best Way to Fight with a Teenager

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

949 days ago

Some individuals experience serious depression when the seasons change and the days are shorter and darker.  Some experts believe that reduced levels of sunlight are responsible for causing these changes in mood.  Indeed, light treatment has shown to help reduce the symptoms of depression.  Therapy can also help people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Here is a good article on Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) where you can find more information. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/seasonalaffectivedisorder.html

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Holiday Stress: T'is the Season

986 days ago

The holidays can be a time for rejoicing and for getting together with friends and loved ones.  But it can also be a time of increased stress and conflict.  The social commitments, family obligations (and arguments), over indulgence on food and drinks, and the never ending shopping list can all lead to holiday burn-out.  The lack of sun and shorter days this time of year doesn't help either and, for some people, can bring on outright symptoms of depression. Here are some tips of how to de-stress over the holidays and make...

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It's not always in your head - Lyme is on the rise

1180 days ago

You've probably been hearing a lot in the news lately about ticks being on the rise in Canada.  This is a serious concern as ticks, which can range in size from a poppy seed to a pea, can carry a host of illnesses one of which is Lyme Disease.   Lyme disease is a serious illness caused by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick.  The problem is that Lyme Disease can easily be misdiagnosed as MS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or even a mental illness.   A study in Europe...

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Addicted to Love

1277 days ago

With Valentine's Day just behind us, I thought it would be interesting to share some new research that suggests that there might be a biological reason why getting over a romantic break-up is so incredibly difficult. "Romantic love is an addiction" says Dr. Helen Fisher, a researcher a Rutgers University, who has recently discovered that getting over a romantic relationship is similar to kicking a drug habit.  In her study, she asked a  group of young college students who had recently experienced a break-up to look at pictures of their ex.  At the...

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