True Happiness

We all seek happiness. A future that improves on the present. But happiness is not some ethereal, mystical and perfect place at which to arrive. Happiness is a state of being. Dr. Jordan Peterson says “Perhaps happiness is always to be found in the journey uphill, not in the fleeting sense of satisfaction awaiting at… Continue reading True Happiness

Podcast: Research Round-Up, Vol. 5 – Some Straight Dope on Weed and Your Teens

Everywhere you turn, it seems that someone is trying to convince you that marijuana – weed, cannabis, etc., – is not only not dangerous, but somehow good for you. I’m not talking about medical marijuana here. This is about recreational and casual marijuana. Government, media, lobbyists and those who will profit from legal cannabis are… Continue reading Podcast: Research Round-Up, Vol. 5 – Some Straight Dope on Weed and Your Teens

Teens Using Cannabis Risk Depression, Anxiety in Adulthood

While there has been a lot of focus on the role of cannabis use in psychosis, there has been less attention on whether cannabis use is associated with an increased risk of common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Researchers from McGill University and the University of Oxford carried out a systematic review… Continue reading Teens Using Cannabis Risk Depression, Anxiety in Adulthood

The Nature of Being

The essence of being has never been about acquiring, having or controlling. Being has always, and will always, be about doing, experiencing and interacting. Being is that act of walking the fine line between order and chaos, between the known and the unknown. Being is impossible in isolation. Being is not worth experiencing alone, and… Continue reading The Nature of Being

Upper and Lower Body Weakness Associated With Depression and Anxiety

Physical fitness is associated with a number of key health outcomes, including heart disease, cognition, mortality, and an overall feeling of well-being. A new study from Singapore now links physical performance with mental health and emotions, suggesting that weak upper and lower body fitness can cause more serious depression and anxiety in midlife women. Results… Continue reading Upper and Lower Body Weakness Associated With Depression and Anxiety

Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis (19% of Canadians aged 15-19), and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, and impulsivity control. This is a highly vulnerable period… Continue reading Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

Antisocial Teens Exhibit Altered Brain Activity

Teenage girls with problematic social behavior display reduced brain activity and weaker connectivity between the brain regions implicated in emotion regulation. The findings of an international study carried out by researchers from the University of Zurich and others now offer a neurobiological explanation for the difficulties some girls have in controlling their emotions, and provide… Continue reading Antisocial Teens Exhibit Altered Brain Activity