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Signs Of Bipolar In Teenagers

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As a parent, it is typical to have to navigate your child’s emotional ups and downs. Teenage angst is often the norm and is to be expected. But sometimes, significant shifts in your child’s or teen’s mood are a sign that there is more going on. Perhaps you are curious if they have Bipolar Disorder.  If so, this article will explore what Bipolar Disorder is, how it shows up, and how to move forward with treatment and resources. What Exactly is Bipolar Disorder?  Bipolar is a mood disorder that affects both adults and children, most commonly showing up in early adulthood. The National Institute of Mental Health states that the key symptoms that these individuals usually experience episodes of Mania. Mania can be explained as a period of intense energy, happiness, or activity. These manic episodes are often compounded by depressive mood periods, where mood and energy levels are extremely low. While the exact causes are unknown, the NIMH states …


The Benefits of Couples Counselling Earlier in The Relationship

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Relationships are an essential part of being human. The people we choose to share our lives with foster the opportunity to continue exploring and understanding the world and ourselves in new ways, as well as expand our support system and coping. While there are inevitable excitement and pleasure to be found in selecting a romantic partner, it also exposes us to opportunities to feel a wide range of emotions.  In any relationship, romantic or not, there will be instances where there is conflict, miscommunication, misaligned values or desires, all of which can be challenging for couples. Significant challenges likely feel more visible, but smaller problems often go undetected or unaddressed, especially early on in a relationship. A beautiful aspect of couples counselling is that it allows the couple to reflect on their relationship while gaining meaningful tools and insights that can improve their relationship.  How Couples Counselling Can Help Think about the examples you have seen of couples in therapy …

How Psychologists Can Be Part of Your Self-Care Plan

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It can be hard to balance the demands of daily life and take care of your own health at the same time. We tend to focus on the needs of others, whether it’s our kids, partners, other family, and friends, well before our own. Between responsibilities at work and at home, and the constant push to get more done, you can be left feeling drained and overwhelmed. You can help address this by prioritizing your health, including your mental health, and psychologist services can be an important part of a larger self-care plan. Self-care is a term used to describe activities that we do to promote and nurture our health. These can be things like getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, exercise, regular relaxation, managing stress – and seeing a psychologist on a regular basis. Establishing an effective self-care plan that includes regular visits to a psychologist in Calgary, gives you the chance to build a trusting relationship with …