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From the Counsellor’s Desk – Star Trek and Mental Health

Gene Roddenberry did not shy away from addressing issues which were uncomfortable or current. This tradition has continued on into present incarnations of the franchise as characters press further into the final frontier. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that mental health issues were woven into scripts long before it was mainstream. Here then, are just a few examples: The Original Series episode, "The Doomsday Machine", featured Commodore Matt Decker losing his crew despite taking the action he believed [...]

By |2021-09-02T22:41:19-04:00September 2, 2021|Medical Log|0 Comments

From the Counselors Desk – PTSD Awareness Part 3

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or rape or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury. PTSD can occur in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and at any age. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, an estimated 8% of Canadians will experience a traumatic event and [...]

By |2021-08-22T20:10:43-04:00July 10, 2021|Medical Log|0 Comments

From the Counselors Desk – PTSD Awareness Part 2

In thinking about this series on PTSD, I reached out to friends and family who have served and who are currently serving in the military for inspiration. Each story is different. Each person took me on a different journey. One person I reached out to was New York Times bestselling Science Fiction author, former US Marine and volunteer at the National World War 1 Museum, Dayton Ward. Dayton graciously offered to share his thoughts on this important topic. Here, then, [...]

By |2021-07-10T08:10:31-04:00July 10, 2021|Medical Log|0 Comments

From the Counselors Desk – PTSD Awareness Part 1

This blog series is intended to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD, and help ensure that those suffering from these invisible wounds receive proper treatment. Rather than quote facts and figures in this post, I have decided to tell a story... When I was about three years old, a young man named Mike came to live with our family. Mike was a US citizen attending school in Canada, and his parents were [...]

By |2021-07-10T08:10:42-04:00July 10, 2021|Medical Log|0 Comments

Medical Log – Diabetes Awareness

There are three main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, usually diagnosed in children and adolescents, occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of sugar in the blood. Approximately 10 percent of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. The remaining 90 percent have type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body does not effectively use the insulin that is produced. [...]

By |2021-06-15T17:00:01-04:00June 24, 2021|Medical Log|0 Comments

From the Counsellor’s Desk – Stardate 202106.14

Everyone always says, “Follow your dreams!” But not everyone does it. Life interjects, bills pile up, and sometimes we have to do jobs we don’t want to do just to make it through the day. However, there are a number of reasons to follow your dreams, to break the trend, and to live the life you’ve always wanted. But why follow your dreams? Here are a few things that pursuing your dreams can do for your well-being: Dreams make life [...]

By |2021-06-13T22:40:39-04:00June 14, 2021|Medical Log|0 Comments

From the Counsellor’s Desk – Stardate 202105.27

In the TNG episode, Peak Performance, Data comes face to face with a strategic problem which, even though he makes no mistakes, he cannot best his opponent. As a result, Data cannot move forward from this roadblock and asks that he be removed from active duty. Picard refuses…and reminds him of his duty to the ship. Data must shake his programming and return to his station. Did Data overthink the situation? Did Data forget to take a step back and [...]

By |2021-05-28T00:05:35-04:00May 28, 2021|Medical Log|0 Comments

Counsellor’s Log – Stardate 202105.02

Creating a healthy mindset is an investment in your overall wellbeing. There are many strategies that help create and develop a healthy mindset. Here are three to consider as Spring takes hold in our region: Replace the negative with positive Current research has concluded that any form of positive reinforcement could decrease anxiety and worry. Instead of imagining the worst, use this positive thinking strategy and picture yourself showing up happy, healthy, smiling, and enjoying healthy [...]

By |2021-05-19T15:04:59-04:00May 2, 2021|Medical Log|0 Comments

MEDICAL LOG – STARDATE 202103.27

Anything discussed in this log is not intended to replace actual medical advice, consult your doctor before trying anything you may see or read in this log. PETS AND HUMAN WELL BEING During the past year as the world spent more time at home in quarantine, pet adoptions rose, particularly across the United States. This was a win for both the pets and the humans taking them into their homes.  It is an ideal example of [...]

By |2021-04-07T21:45:59-04:00March 28, 2021|Medical Log|0 Comments

Chief Medical Officer’s Log-Stardate 202103.20

All About Zoomies  Anything discussed in this log is not intended to replace actual medical advice, consult your doctor before trying anything you may see or read in this log. A recent story published on LiveScience.com discussed a phenomenon known as “The Zoomies”. It focused on our furry K-9 and Feline friends, but in further researching the topic, humans also have bouts of  the “zoomies” !   Given our active Petfleet division,  and shares of this article, [...]

By |2021-03-28T23:05:29-04:00March 20, 2021|Medical Log|0 Comments
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