In Conversation Series

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The first episode of our ‘In Conversation Series’ explores the topic of mental health. Dr. Robichaud describes mental health as a general state of well-being where a person is content in their lives, and is able to cope with life’s challenges with confidence. Just like physical health, mental health requires thoughtful maintenance through self-care practices. It’s especially important to utilize healthy living tools during times of stress when our mental health could be negatively impacted. Sometimes mental health challenges can turn into more serious mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and although commonplace, many people wait a long time before seeking help due to social stigma surrounding mental health issues. In reality, having an anxiety issue is just like having a broken leg, and there is hope and help available. As a society we have work to do until we achieve universal acceptance and empathy towards mental health issues. We hope to inspire you to take care of your mental health just as you do your physical health. Time 0:32:06


AnxietyBC In Conversation Series

The second episode of our ‘In Conversation Series’ explores the concept of anxiety. Anxiety is the body’s basic survival mechanism, also known as the fight/flight response system, which becomes activated when we are in danger. Our anxiety system has evolved to mobilize the body to fight physical danger, but it can also become activated in response to social dangers, such as giving a presentation. We all experience anxiety in response to stress, adversity and challenge in our lives, but anxiety becomes problematic when the frequency and intensity of it causes distress in our lives, and interferes with our daily functioning. Since we all experience anxiety, we all need healthy ways of coping with anxiety. Medications and cognitive behavioural therapy can both be helpful in the treatment of problematic anxiety. Anxiety problems take a lot of strength and perseverance to manage, but the results are well worth it.  

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AnxietyBC In Conversation Series

Anxiety Disorders are very common. 1 in 4 people will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives--not just a simple struggle with anxiety, but a significant struggle with anxiety. People with anxiety disorders can look deceptively functional from the outside while suffering significantly on the inside. Anxiety alters both their physiology (racing heart, shortness of breath, nausea, etc), and their thinking process (trouble concentrating, more likelihood of exaggerating threats). Because the workings of anxiety are often invisible, most people don’t receive the recognition and empathy they deserve for their struggles. People can’t just snap out of anxiety, but anxiety problems can be overcome by acquiring appropriate skills and undergoing treatment.  Time 0:37:09


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The fourth episode of our ‘In Conversation Series’ explores the concept of anxiety disorders. It’s important to note that anxiety disorders exist on a wide spectrum. The line between experiencing anxiety challenges vs. having an anxiety disorder can be blurry at times. Having an anxiety disorder means experiencing severe anxiety causing distress and significant impairment in major aspects of a person’s life. Join Dr. Robichaud as she discusses the specifics of different anxiety disorders such as social anxiety disorders, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, and many others. 


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CBT is an evidence-based psychological treatment that teaches people a series of skills for managing anxiety and taking care of their mental health. CBT is based on the simple concept that we react to situations based on how we interpret them. Our thoughts in response to an event lead us to feel and act in certain ways. CBT treatment helps people alter their unhelpful thoughts and change their behaviours to lessen their anxious feelings. CBT teaches people to be sceptical of their thoughts when they are extremely anxious. Are they exaggerating threats? What evidence is there to support a particular interpretation of a situation? What assumptions are they making and are those fair and realistic? In addition to engaging in realistic thinking, CBT encourages people to take gradual risks to face their fears. Each small exposure increases confidence and helps people master situations that make them anxious. CBT also helps people develop coping plans for facing difficult situations. CBT skills are acquired gradually, and require maintenance and upkeep through practice.