Acute Stress Disorder: What it is and symptoms to watch for

What is acute stress disorder? Acute stress disorder is a sudden reaction to an intensely stressful and potentially traumatic event such as an injury, accident, loss of a loved one, news of a life-altering medical diagnosis, domestic violence, or natural disaster. These events are emotionally upsetting and impact us on a cognitive, behavioural, and somatic

Regret Teaches Us To Appreciate What We Have Now

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. –Lucille Ball What is regret? Regret is an all consuming often painful emotion connected to a belief that a past event should not have happened or should have happened differently.  Regret is often rooted in anxiety, disappointment, guilt, remorse, contrition, and

Breaking the Cycle: Stop Suffering From Chronic Pain

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) What is the difference between chronic and acute pain? Acute:  Chronic pain: Individuals with chronic pain often end up stuck in the pain cycle.  The pain hurts: we decrease our activity level in response.  This tends to decondition us.  When we reduce capacity we often develop negative emotions

Nature’s Medicine: Exercise and Mental Wellness

Eliciting Endorphins We all know the good feelings we get after going for a run, completing a physical task, or finishing a workout.  We know from the research that engaging in exercise improves physical health.  For instance, exercise can reduce symptoms of high blood pressure, arthritis, and diabetes.  Research has also shown that engaging in