Posts on Mental Health

30 May

Sex after Brain Injury: What does this look like for me?

= Authors = Gabi Kaplan, Student Occupational Therapist Jenni Diamond, OT Reg. (Ont.) Evan Cole Lewis, MD    Sexual Function following a Brain Injury Sustaining a brain injury can lead to a variety of physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural issues that can change your sexual functioning and intimacy experiences.   Women & men may experience sexual issues differently   For instance, following a brain injury, you may be experiencing (1,2): Decreased or...

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9 April

Concussion and Cannabis: Could CBD be used following brain injury?

= Authors = Laura Diamond, MSc Global Health Student Gabi Kaplan, Student Occupational Therapist Jenni Diamond, OT Reg. (Ont.) Evan Cole Lewis, MD   The therapeutic benefits of cannabis Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD has been shown to have many potential therapeutic benefits, including neuroprotective effects (1). Results of clinical studies support its use in some conditions associated with difficult to treat...

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11 December

Trust Your Gut: The Gut-Brain Axis

= Gabi Kaplan, Laura Diamond, Jenni Diamond, OT Reg. (Ont.), & Evan Cole Lewis, MD =   What is the Gut-Brain Axis? Have you ever wondered why we use the expressions “gut-feeling” or “butterflies in your stomach?” These phrases stem from the connection between our gut health and brain function. This connection is called the Gut-Brain Axis, which is a bi-directional communication network that links the central nervous system (the...

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9 August

The Mind-Body Connection

= Gabi Kaplan, Laura Diamond, Jenni Diamond, OT Reg. (Ont.), & Evan Cole Lewis, MD =   What is the mind-body connection? Our mental and conscious states, including our emotions and behaviours, may have the ability to significantly influence our physical health outcomes, and reciprocally, our bodily health can impact our mental well-being. This is referred to as the “mind-body connection” – the interconnectedness of our minds and bodies through...

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28 January

“Let’s Talk” @ NCT – Introducing our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program

=== Laura Bradbury, MN, NP-PHC, BScN, CNN(C) === Mental health affects us all! That’s the message from this year’s ‘Bell Let’s Talk’ campaign to help end stigma surrounding mental illness.   Did you know, mental health support is now available at Neurology Centre of Toronto? That’s right! CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is an evidence-based form of ‘talk therapy’ used for a wide range of concerns, including: anxiety depression post-traumatic stress...

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