February 2006

Fighting Stress


As I play peek-a-boo with my new granddaughter, it's hard to imagine that this cheery little charmer is the source of stress that drove me back into my peanut-butter-and-jam habits. But as the SARS outbreak made headlines, Don and I worried through many anxious weeks while our son and daughter-in-law travelled to China to adopt their second daughter, then waited out Ontario's 10-day quarantine for adopting families.

Anxiety Depression


Panic disorders can be treated

Millions of people suffer from illnesses such as anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, depression, bi-polar disorder (manic-depressive illness), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease.

Much progress has been made in the last decade in understanding the origin, progress and treatment of these conditions.

Uncontrolled or untreated mental illness can result in complications such as family violence, alcohol or drug abuse, suicide.

How to make others understand your pain


Q. My mother is chronically depressed. As I was growing up, she made many suicide attempts and was in and out of the hospital all the time. My dad left her, but didn't take us kids with him. My growing up was a mess. Recently an aunt was visiting. She said that before depression was in my mom's life, she was a caring and attentive mom. I wanted to kick her. She has no idea about what I went through. How can I make her understand that my mom is a selfish witch who doesn't care about anyone but herself?

'Complete social plan' critical in war on crystal meth


'Complete social plan' critical in war on crystal meth

Efforts by groups like the fledgling Crystal Meth Victoria Society are laudable but amount to just a drop in the bucket of what is needed, says street minister Al Tysick.

"We need a complete social plan and that is an expensive plan," a frustrated Tysick told a three-month update meeting of the meth society's (Greater Victoria) School District 61 task force.

Women aren't seeking help

Health: Living in Depths of despair: Some health-care officials are worried women suffering from post-partum depression aren't seeking help

Caroline is thinking hard, staring off into the distance, gripping the arm of the overstuffed couch with both hands.

She looks confused by the question that Paula Bodnarek has just asked her: ``Are you enjoying life?''

Caroline struggles to surface with her answer. She is wedged tightly in the corner of the vast beige, otherwise empty, sofa. She can't seem to find her voice.