As the pandemic unfolded, my clinical work as an academic child and adolescent psychiatrist also changed. Some of the families I work with are doing better, yet many are experiencing more extreme and varied struggles than they were before the pandemic hit.
Researchers at Western and McMaster universities look to offer hope to public safety personnel suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a life spent on the front lines of major crises, like the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a psychiatrist, I bear witness to a broken system. Mental-health care is chronically underfunded. If a parent has one child with diabetes and one with anxiety or depression and they seek help, the child with diabetes receives world-class care. The child with mental illness is given a sheet of paper and a 12- to 18-month wait.
Psychiatry professor Dr. Ruth Lanius sees hope for the seemingly countless numbers of military personnel and veterans looking to move past their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“Over the years, I was exposed to the kind of death and destruction that can be rather difficult from a psychological standpoint. The older I got, the less I was able to suppress those experiences. I knew I needed to seek help.”
Patients and caregivers suffering from the agitation that often accompanies Alzheimer disease may find much-needed relief from a pair of interventional studies led by a Western researcher.
Tackling homelessness following a hospitalization is possible, but it will take a concerted community effort to lessen the ongoing burden to the health-care system and local emergency shelters, according to the findings of a Western-led study.
From tablets and smartphones, to glucose monitors and medicine dispensers, a new Western-led research project anticipates these and other smart technologies will be make a huge difference in the health – and lives – of those dealing with severe mental illness.
Don Richardson’s foray into military and veteran mental health coincided with the end of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. “One thing about the military is, in general, everyone is healthy. You have to be healthy – healthier than the general Canadian population – to be...
A pilot project aimed at keeping families at risk of homelessness off of the streets is showing promising results thanks to diversion efforts that appear to be an effective measure at combatting the issue long-term, according to one Western researcher.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients wrestling with one of its main symptoms may find long-term relief beyond medication thanks to the work of a Western researcher. Psychiatry professor Dr. Ruth Lanius has been utilizing brain-training techniques through...
The idea of retirement has many men daydreaming of extra time with the grandkids and a few more rounds on the golf course. But for others, retirement can be a time of uncertainty and loss. Older men already have the highest suicide rate in Canada; that risk increases dramatically after retirement.
In the next 40 years, domestic violence will be a rare occurrence.