Articles by Dr. Linda Johnston, Clinical Psychologist

No one would disagree that teens have many more challenges today than did their parents or grandparents – in general, that is. I don’t think I need to list the challenges faced by teens today.

As if it isn’t enough that they have all these complex and competing challenges to face during a time when they are typically trying to figure out who they...

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For those who decide to see a psychologist, most employment benefit plans pay at least part of the cost of seeing a psychologist. Check your benefit plan. If you are hesitant to mention seeing a psychologist to your Human Resources or Benefit Plan contact person, ask about “paramedical” coverage and what is available. You will very likely be told...

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We are all very saddened by the loss of this talented comedian, exceptionally intelligent and creative man, generous humanitarian, and contributor to so many of our lives. I write in order to attempt to answer a question I have been asked too many times in the past few weeks from clients who are experiencing or have experienced depression; namely...

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The signalling of pain by the human nervous system is meant to warn us or alert us to sudden injury. If an acute injury has occurred, (if I’ve been hit on the shoulder by a heavy object or if I have cut my finger),  the pain signal tells me about the injury in order that I can take appropriate action.

What about chronic pain? The nervous system...

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In “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”, author Susan Jeffers provides a variety of behavioural and cognitive strategies and pathways to use to assist in making change. She asks: “ What is it for you? Fear of... public speaking, asserting yourself, making decisions, intimacy, changing jobs, being alone, aging, driving, losing a loved one, ending a...

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For anyone interested in beginning to work on improving their self esteem or sense of self, there are a number of excellent books available that you could use to read and begin working actively on changing aspects of yourself. Two very helpful books come to mind. The portion of “self” you feel needs improvement may be in the realm of the following...

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Understanding what depression is and isn't can sometimes be confusing. First, clinical depression is NOT a quick dip in mood. The words “depressed”, “depression”, and “depressing” are words very commonly used in our day-to-day language. Any one of us might say “That’s depressing” or “I feel depressed” when we mean we feel disappointed or sad, we...

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