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Psychologist

The term Psychologist is a protected title, governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). The CPO is a regulatory body for the profession of psychology (as is the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for medical doctors). The mandate of the CPO is to protect the interests of the public by monitoring…

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is one of several Anxiety Disorders. The essential feature of PTSD is experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event that involves the threat of or actual loss of life, or serious injury to oneself or others. Furthermore, the reaction or response to the traumatic event typically consists of extreme fear or…

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Assertiveness

Assertiveness is a social skill as is eye contact, body language, and listening. Social skills are behaviours that help us experience pleasure in social situations. In other words, if a social situation did not feel good, then it is likely because you were not using social skills. And, because it didn’t feel good, you’re likely…

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Social Phobia

No one wants to be disliked or have others mad at them. Nor do people enjoy embarrassing or humiliating themselves. However, both of these are normal experiences within relationships. If a person worries or fears having either of these experiences to the point that they have anxiety about social situations, and they then avoid social…

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Worrying is a normal part of life, such as worry before a job interview, worry over a sick loved one, worry about a school assignment or worry before giving a speech. However, when the worrying occurs for days on end or for more days than not, it is no longer considered normal. Some people find…

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Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia

A panic attack is when an individual experiences an onset of intense bodily sensations, such as: rapid and/or pounding hear rate, shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheaded, shaking, trembling, nausea, sweating, hot and/or cold flashes. It is not necessary to experience all of these at one time, but generally panic attacks are comprised of 4 or…

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