Q&A: How parents can identify anxiety warning signs as students return to school

When students across British Columbia head back to school, they’ll enter a new world of COVID-19 precautions and protocols. Consequently, students of all ages, from kindergarten to Grade 12, may experience higher levels of anxiety with varying symptoms and consequences. Steven Taylor, professor at UBC’s department of psychiatry, a clinical psychologist, and author of “The Psychology of Pandemics” has some […]

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Tax Anxiety Is Totally Real — Here's How to Deal With It

If the words “tax season” or “Tax Day” immediately make your heart race, you’re in the company of many stressed-out, anxious people. Particularly this year, with tax day shifted to July 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even before those dreaded W-2 forms arrive in the mailbox, anxiety about money is a constant companion for millions of people. According to […]

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‘Death is right with us’: Nova Scotians reporting increase of weird, vivid dreams during COVID-19

Since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Heidi Fraser has been cleaning her grandparents’ house, which she says is as “old as my hometown of Sherbrooke.” As she was cleaning their sun porch one day, Fraser says she found a book on dream interpretation called Mystic Dream Book from 1937 buried in their old piano bench. “My grandparents have […]

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For people with OCD and illness anxiety, the coronavirus outbreak is a ‘worst-case scenario’

The coronavirus pandemic is a “worst-case scenario” for Natalie, a Whitby, Ont., resident who was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as a child. Global News has chosen to omit her last name to protect her privacy. Natalie isn’t alone — roughly one to two per cent of Canadians will have an episode of OCD in their lifetime, and around five […]

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Antidepressants may reduce anxiety more than depressive symptoms

One of the most common antidepressants, sertraline, leads to an early reduction in anxiety symptoms, commonly found in depression, several weeks before any improvement in depressive symptoms, a UCL-led clinical trial has found. Published in The Lancet Psychiatry and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), this is the largest-ever placebo-controlled trial of an antidepressant, which has not […]

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Anxiety, depression linked to more opioid use after surgery

Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the healing process. Yet the current opioid crisis has made the standard prescribing practices for these highly effective analgesics fraught with risk. New research from Michigan Medicine could help clinicians mitigate […]

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