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Let’s Talk, Don’t Stop!

January 28th is Bell Let's Talk Day. Kudos to Bell and all the people who participate in this event for the work they're doing to help reduce the stigma of mental illness. Working up the courage to step forward and admit to someone else that you're worried you may have a mental health problem is one of the toughest things to do for many people. With continued efforts to reduce stigma, hopefully asking for help [...]

By | 2017-05-18T13:16:52+00:00 January 22nd, 2015|Top Tips|0 Comments

Five Ways Your Psych Consult was Doomed Before it Started

Have you had this conversation with your family doctor yet? "You sent me to see that psychiatrist and I'm no better than before!" "Look, I've already sent you to the specialist, what more do you want me to do?" There's a lot of possible things that could have gone wrong to get you to that point. The simplest is that your family doctor mistook a midpoint of an inherently uncertain treatment process with the end of that process. But I [...]

By | 2017-05-18T13:16:53+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Referrals, Top Tips|0 Comments

On Antidepressants, Still Anxious

Antidepressants, despite the name, are first-line treatments for anxiety as well as depression. Choosing the right antidepressant is hard, a topic we'll come back to frequently. It involves a lot of trial and error, but there is both some science to it and some knowledge to be drawn from practical experiences. Here are two pieces of practical experience that don't seem to be as well known as they should be: Wellbutrin tends to increase anxiety [...]

By | 2017-05-18T13:16:53+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Medications, Top Tips|0 Comments

Get your Ferritin and B12 Levels

If I could only give out one piece of advice when it comes to people suffering from depression or anxiety, it's this: find out your ferritin (stored iron) and Vitamin B12 levels. If every family doctor checked just these two things before putting someone on an antidepressant, it would save an incredible amount of grief. Such a simple thing, but not having recent ferritin or B12 levels, or them being too low, is one of the most commonly-missed [...]

By | 2017-05-18T13:16:53+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Metabolic, Top Tips|0 Comments