Mornings with TopicsWithPassion

Morning can be difficult for many reasons: lack of sleep, boring routine, too many responsibilities, too many worries, etc. Unfortunately, when we wake up with a negative outlook, everything seems darker and it makes it harder to find happiness and break the cycle. Here are 4 questions that can help break the negative cycle: What... Continue Reading →


What it means to have an incurable chronic illness

It baffles me that no matter how much I speak and write about chronic illnesses and my experience that my loved ones still don't understand the meaning of incurable. I was at the hospital yesterday for another blood tests. I've been having blood test regularly for over a year now. I even have my a... Continue Reading →

Graves’ Disease & Muscle Pain

The thyroid regulates the growth metabolism of the nervous system and the metabolic rate of many cells. During the hyperthyroidism state, the muscle tissues can't regenerate fast enough and begin to break down. There's also some research that indicates the high levels of thyroid hormones attack the muscles directly. This means that muscle weakness, cramps... Continue Reading →

Your feelings aren’t useless

I am outspoken about my mental illness issues to raise awareness for mental health. To make it clear that it can affect anyone and to bring this often invisible illness to sight. Please, in the name of humanity, avoid saying to someone with anxiety or depression that they are unduly reacting, or that we must... Continue Reading →

The link between anxiety & learning disabilities

Anxiety is the #1 issue with individuals who have autism and also other neurological disorders like dyslexia. I have two children with learning disabilities and both have also been diagnosed with anxiety. The first step in developing good anxiety reduction strategies is to isolate the cause (s) of the anxiety and this can be different... Continue Reading →

Conquer Negative Thinking

As you probably already know, I struggle with depression and anxiety. I am outspoken about my mental illness issues to raise awareness for mental health. I’ve found that being raw and real about my own struggles has helped others, so I do it for those who haven’t found their voice yet. I am certainly familiar... Continue Reading →

Office Talk & Weight Obsession

Every single day, I sit in the kitchen and listen to conversations about weight, diets, health, etc. Something tells me I'm not the only one. It's become an office-wide obsession. We even have voluntary weight loss contests throughout the year, an office balance and special rebates if we join the local gym, etc. The social pressure... Continue Reading →

Bad anxiety days

Today is a bad anxiety day. Every little thing is triggering an awful feeling in the depth of my stomach and I've already melted into tears multiple times. I'm anxious about money, about the return to school, about the return to work, about our kids' future, about winter weather, about the amount of cleaning and... Continue Reading →

Depression isn’t like feeling blue

I am outspoken about my mental illness issues to raise awareness for mental health. Any behaviour that impedes our way of communicating, which generates our suffering and the inability to lead a normal life, requires a diagnosis and a type of therapeutic strategy capable of resolving the situation. Depression is a mental illness and is... Continue Reading →

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