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Posts tagged ‘recovery’

How You Can Help Bring out the Benefits of Brain Stimulation

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What happens when medication or psychotherapy prove to be ineffective for those with mental illnesses such as depression? One impressive treatment being used  at CAMH is rTMS (or Repetitive  Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), a non-invasive technique that uses magnetic impulses to stimulate centres of the brain associated with depression, providing benefits to clients without some of the side effects of other interventions.

Up until now, rTMS has only been available to those fortunate enough to participate in research studies. People like Fahad, Jane and Gail, who have shared their stories of recovery. With your help, this may be about to change. Read more

Turning Darkness into Light: The Journey of Recovery from Addiction

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By Dr. Jan Malat, Interim Chief, Addictions Division

Two years ago this December when the power outage left our city in darkness, my patient was alone with nowhere to go. Like many families of addicted patients, his family had distanced itself after many years of relapses and broken promises. He ended up spending several days with his neighbours, playing board games with their children under the candlelight. My patient experienced a level of contentment and connection he hadn’t felt in years. He was deeply moved by this experience and said very poetically, “we turned the darkness into light.”   Read more

Building Resilience

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By Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program

It can be difficult when dealing with every day stressors. Things like work, home or car problems can be overwhelming and challenge us to find ways to cope or function each day. That’s why it is important to find healthy and adaptive strategies to help us cope more effectively and to deal with these day-to-day life stressors. But how do we do this? Read more

Opioids, legal or not, can kill; It’s time for action

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By Dr. Peter Selby, Chief of Addictions and Director of Medical Education at CAMH

In the past few weeks, the media has covered a spate of tragic deaths from overdose due to fentanyl, a very potent opioid, some 50 times stronger than morphine. What’s more is that new research shows skyrocketing prescription rates and illegally produced opioids are accessible across the country.

Overdose deaths are needless and entirely preventable; it’s time to take action.

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Changing attitudes towards mental illness

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By Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program

I have often heard from my patients that being diagnosed with depression or even post-traumatic stress disorder means “I am broken,” or that “others will think that I am weak and cannot function or do my job.” These beliefs are incorrect and harmful to one’s mental health. How do we change attitudes related to mental illness so people can feel more comfortable coming forward and saying they need help? Read more