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Do I have anxiety, OCD, or both?
Do I have anxiety, OCD, or both?
Instead of focusing on life, individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are often dragged into obsessive loops. Despite knowing that their worries aren’t logical, they can’t stop themselves from ruminating about them anyway. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) also involves excessive worrying,…

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Why you should check in on your mental health
Why you should check in on your mental health
Your mental health influences your take on life. It’s both precious and linked to your physical health. Nevertheless, mental illness isn’t always given the same weight as a physical illness. But feeling unwell mentally or emotionally is as valid as…

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The difference between psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy
The difference between psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy
Navigating mental health challenges can be difficult — especially with so many professionals who all seem to have complex titles that start with “psych.” That’s why we’re breaking down everything you need to know about three of the most commonly…

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Are board games good for your mental health?
Are board games good for your mental health?
There are many ways you can improve your mental health — from getting fresh air and exercise to eating healthy, taking up relaxation practices, or speaking with a therapist. There’s also another way to improve not only your mental…

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The benefits of taking time off work for your mental health
The benefits of taking time off work for your mental health
When most people are sick with a cold, the flu, or have an injury, they’re inclined to take time off work. But when it comes to mental health, there’s often resistance. Why is that so? The state of your mental…

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How to boost your mood on Blue Monday
How to boost your mood on Blue Monday
Mondays typically aren’t fun for anyone. The weekend is over, it’s the start of the workweek with many emails to catch up on, and there are five days to go until you have two glorious days off again. But one…

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10 self-care tips parents need to improve their mental health
10 self-care tips parents need to improve their mental health
The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on parents who have seen their usual support networks stripped away, and it’s common for parental anxiety to rise each time COVID-19 cases go up. 

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How online therapy works: the benefits of online counselling
How online therapy works: the benefits of online counselling
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many areas of life to move online, from grocery shopping to day-to-day work. Even in this environment, many people still hesitate to speak with an online therapist, as they worry therapy through a screen won’t…

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Depression and seasonal affective disorder: facts and symptoms
Depression and seasonal affective disorder: facts and symptoms
We all experience feeling sad sometimes. When something challenging happens, feeling down for a while is part of grieving. But, feeling sad is different from having depression. And, if you feel depression creeping up at the same time every year,…

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Anxiety disorders — types, symptoms, causes, and treatment
Anxiety disorders — types, symptoms, causes, and treatment
If you’re the anxious type, you know that anxiety can transform a small hill into what seems like a mountain. Stress at work, stress from school, emotional trauma and financial stress are all difficult situations that can cause…

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