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Silence Surrounding Sexual Assault, Impact of PTSD, and End-of-Life Discussions

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Click to watch the segment on Alberta Primetime with Dr. Ganz Ferrance, Dr. Janet Miller, and Dr. Brent Macdonald.

Click to watch the segment on Alberta Primetime with Dr. Ganz Ferrance, Dr. Janet Miller, and Dr. Brent Macdonald.

Reporting Sexual Assault
This is part of a bigger issue of devaluing women in general (lower wages, devaluing jobs, etc.). If you have a (at most) 5% chance of your report ending in a conviction (which may or may not end in an appropriate sentence), then why risk the pain of reliving the event and dealing with the backlash, which often includes not being believed? By the way, this silence actually deepens and intensifies the trauma. Not coming forward actually lends to a continued sense of shame or doubt. It takes a certain amount of energy to contain these emotions. The same emotions that help you feel happy, manage stress, feel loved, etc. Another consequence is a sense of no justice, no completion to them, or no protection for others in society knowing that the perpetrator is still out there.

Real Tough

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Click to watch the 3 minute Real Tough CTV segment

With Remembrance Day coming up it tends to stir up a lot of emotions for people. This year especially so since we’ve seen attacks on our soldiers on our own soil and, lost two dear souls to these attacks. I have also seen more and more stories of people losing their battle with Depression, Anxiety and PTSD – ending in suicide. Members of our military, police forces, and other “first-responders”, unfortunately, are high on this list. In the news stories I hear over and over again the phrase, “He thought he had to be tough and be able to handle it alone.” I’m sick of hearing this and seeing these brave people being taken down (and the horror left behind) by a misunderstanding of what “real tough” is.

What’s in a Costume?

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Sexy Halloween Costumes, Movie Sex & Violence, "Breaking Bad" Dolls, and Time-Outs. Click to watch.

Sexy Halloween Costumes, Movie Sex & Violence, “Breaking Bad” Dolls, and Time-Outs. Click to watch.

There has been some public outcry over Halloween Costumes lately. Even Value Village has been taken to task over the selections one mom found there for her daughter. What is my response to this? I’m not a fan! This is a disturbing trend to sexualization kids (especially little girls). Along with teaching/encouraging sexual ideas way before kids are developmentally ready or mature enough to understand them, it sends the message (to both genders) that girls can’t do what boys can do. We have come so far in gender equality. Let’s not take a rocket train backwards. Kids are incredibly open to messages they don’t even realize they are getting. They learn what they live and it just seems like a given to them. It can be very hard later in life to consciously look at that we believe and why – much less to substitute something more balanced and healthy.  

A Stress Fractured Heart

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amandaleavesHow often have we watched mothers put everything aside to raise and care for their children only to be exhausted and easily irritated?  These mothers that want nothing but a good life for their children sometimes turn out to be the biggest stressor in their children’s lives.  Add the stress from her workplace, elderly parents, or possibly even single parenting and you have a recipe for a health disaster. All these things come back to rest on the mother the most and science has proven this time again. Not too long ago the MailOnline published an article about women and heart disease. Did you know that Women are at a greater risk of experiencing heart disease due to stress than men? Their article, “Stressed? You’re more likely to suffer heart disease from it if you’re a woman, has all the facts you need to know this is a serious issue.