Self-care tools for managing stress
March 2014 Because most people have some stress in their lives, everyone needs some basic stress-management tools. It may not be possible to avoid stress, but it is possible to give yourself the best opportunity to cope with it.
What is the difference between depression and being sad or unhappy?
April 23, 2014 Depression is an illness, and is not the same thing as being sad or unhappy, although those feelings may be symptoms of depression. Dr. Simone Vigod, a psychiatrist at Women's College Hospital, explains the difference.
Women and opioid addiction
Nov. 25, 2013 The number of patients prescribed opioid pain medications has increased considerably in recent years. Along with the increase in prescriptions, there has also been an increase in the number of people – including women – who become addicted to these medications.
Who is at risk for postpartum depression?
Oct. 10, 2013 Postpartum depression is a depressive episode that effects new mothers. It is a common condition, but there are factors that put some women at greater risk.
Women in big cities at higher risk of postpartum depression than rural women
Aug. 6, 2013 Canadian women in large urban centres are more at risk for postpartum depression than those living in smaller communities or rural areas, a new Women's College study shows.
What's the difference between "baby blues" and postpartum depression?
Aug. 2013 Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, senior scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute and Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research at Women’s College Hospital, about the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression.
Antidepressants and pregnancy: weighing the choices
May 31, 2013 Pregnant women facing depression may also face the dilemma of whether or not to treat the depression with antidepressants. Untreated depression during or after pregnancy has been linked to an increase in poor outcomes in both mother and child. However, depression in pregnancy often goes untreated because of concerns about potential negative effects of antidepressant medications on the fetus.
Postpartum depression can continue beyond the first few months after giving birth
Oct. 19, 2012 New mothers are most often assessed for postpartum depression in the first 12 weeks after giving birth. However, new research shows that for a significant number of women, postpartum depression can last throughout the first year and beyond.
Fertility rates are rising in women with schizophrenia
Sept. 24, 2012 Results of a new study show that women with schizophrenia are now having more babies than they have in the past.
Mental health on campus: the mental health needs of university students
Sept. 13, 2012 When we think of students heading off to university in the fall, mental health might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But it’s a topic that may merit more thought and resources.
Health care following psychological trauma: a new perspective on medical care
May 9, 2012 For mental health week (May 7-13), Women’s Health Matters takes a look at trauma-informed care.
Food for thought: eating behaviour, healthy habits and disordered eating
Feb. 6, 2012 Providing you with the tools to understand and develop healthy eating habits.
Don't let holiday cheer turn into holiday fear!
Dec. 1, 2011 Read our feature highlighting holiday stress, with tips to make this season stress-free.
Stigma and coping strategies among HIV-positive women are complex and overlapping
Nov. 22, 2011 Read about a new study that addresses the experiences of stigma and coping strategies among HIV-positive women in Ontario
Trauma therapy: helping survivors of abuse and violence rebuild their lives
Sept. 14, 2010 Trauma therapy is a specialized type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping people work through traumatic events. Women's College Hospital psychotherapist and art therapist Eva-Marie Stern talks about how trauma devastates lives, and how trauma therapy can help.