Mental Health

Higher ground.

published: May, 08, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Denis Robinson “Higher ground s the place I have retreated to of late. Please understand it’s not a moral high ground - anyone that knows me would get that instantly - but a higher ground that offers some protection from the tsunami below.

This post won’t be about HIV. At the moment my view on that is an adaption of a recent Stonewall campaign “Some people are Positive, Get over it.”  Some of you who have read my posts here before know that I have to deal with a much more insidious and debilitating condition than HIV, and that’s depression. And I have been battling with it on a huge scale of late. It’s quite a lonely fight, I’ll be frank with you. People want to help and try to engage to help pull you from the mo

For the Health of It

published: April, 28, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors

Guest writer and naturopathic doctor Timothy Swift asks “So how is your emotional health as we enter, spring and summer and bathing suit season? Good, sort of good, lousy, in the toilet?”

For the Health of It

Emotional health is as important as is physical health.  You may be at the gym everyday, eating no carbs, no fat and lots of protein, but you have body aches, you feel down or depressed.  You are obsessed about everything you eat, what you wear, how you look. Perhaps you have developed an inflated opinion of yourself.  Do you put others down to make yourself feel good?  Have you found yourself criticizing others as a way to shift the focus off yourself?  Do you find the need to always ha

Depression

published: April, 11, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Nicholas Wise: “When I look back on my time in Beaumont, I’m thankful for . .going through what I did because I realized that nothing is that hard to deal with when I have family, friends, and loved ones around. “

This article has been hard to write for many reasons, the biggest of which is that it hits close to home. I do want to stress that I am not a licensed therapist nor have I had any training on this; these are my own thoughts, feelings, and opinions. My family has a history with depression. Luckily I can say with the exception of my mom’s uncle, we are still all here today and doing a lot better.  I’ve tried to kill myself twice because I was unhappy with where my life was going, because I

Swimming along in the winter that wasn't.

published: March, 04, 2012 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Mental Health, Fitness and Exercise, Brian Finch

I’m off to Hamilton this next week for another set before my big performance coming up at the end of the month for the Downtown Swim Club’s 25th anniversary event.

Swimming along in the winter that wasn't.

Every year I dread winter. This year is no different, especially because this winter I’m not able to get away at all. The SADS sets in, and all goes to hell for a while. Mother nature had different plans this year. In Toronto it has been the winter that wasn’t. Never in my life have I experienced such a mild Canadian winter. It’s kind of freakish. If this is global warming, I’m buying a car. I don’t need to drive, I’ll just let it sit and idle all day. I could get used to this.

ACT Community Health Forum: HIV & the effects of other conditions

published: February, 09, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Events, Mental Health, Health, Events

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, online broadcast also available.

ACT Community Health Forum: HIV & the effects of other conditions

ACT Community Health ForumHIV AND THE EFFECTS OF OTHER CONDITIONS Wednesday February 15th.  2012   7-9pm. Eastern time also via web cast: www.actornto.org/forum Ramada Plaza Hotel. 300 Jarvis StreetToronto  

Reaching the boiling point.

published: December, 09, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says “something I heard triggered me, I became a kettle, boiling with a cork in it. The result? I found a part of my SELF”

Reaching the boiling point.

Saturday morning, December 3, 2011. I am sitting in a "checking in" circle at a Facilitation Training weekend event. I sit with my feet planted flat on the floor, sitting up straight, hands on my thighs with palms up and relaxed, eyes closed. I am instructed to breathe deep through my nose, hold a few seconds then blow out and make noise while exhaling. The facilitator then instructs us to visualize when we were young, to see our loving parents caring and guiding us, vision ourselves crafting

Vitamin D (Le français suit)

published: November, 17, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Vitamins - Supplements

With winter’s dark days approaching, CATIE tells you what you need to know about the sunshine vitamin. À l’approche des journées sombres de l’hiver, CATIE vous révèle ce que vous devez savoir sur la vitamine-soleil

Vitamin D (Le français suit)

Dark_Sun.jpg credit: By Scrumshus, via Wikamedia Commons Our fearless leader here on positivelite.com, Brian Finch, recently wrote about his first visit with his new naturopath. In it he comments on the improvements he's felt since he upped his intake of vitamin D. CATIE is not above riding on the coattails of fearless leaders, so in this posting, we are going to talk about vitamin D and what you should know as a person living with HIV. Vitamin D has been in the news repeatedly ov

A senior's moment or memory loss.........again!

published: October, 31, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow remembers his problems with memory loss. Is it aging, HIV-related or something else?

A senior's moment or memory loss.........again!

Today I showed up for my doctor's office to get my annual flu shot, only to find out.....its tomorrow. Lucky for me, my doctor and my AIDS Servicer Organzation are in the same office. So while I was there I was able to report my volunteer hours that I forgot to email in, so it wasn't a total screw up. I don't quite remember when my memory started to get bad, I do remember I was way too young for it to be happening. It just sort of came on and then just got more noticeable. I was in my mid to l

Butterbeans and Cornbread, Condoms, and Football

published: October, 31, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Mental Health, Health, Guest Authors

Guest writer Julie Hope who does prevention work with an AIDS Service Organization in Hobson City, Alabama shares with us a revealing look at what she’s liking lately – at work and at home.

Butterbeans and Cornbread, Condoms, and Football

I am Julie Hope, the Director of Education/Outreach for the Health Services Center, a not for profit HIV/AIDS medical center in Hobson City, Alabama. I've been a substance abuse and HIV prevention educator for over 25 years and want to share with you the stories, facts, tips and tribulations I've experienced working in this field. I hope to make you think, smile, cringe, and hopefully move you to increase your awareness, know your status, love safely, and live healthy. This post first appeared

Stand up for queer youth!

published: October, 29, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Youth, Mental Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Inspired by Rick Mercer’s rant about the importance of gay and lesbian public figures to be open about their sexual orientation, John McCullagh has a rant of his own about the need for all queer adults to support our youth.

Stand up for queer youth!

Did you see Rick Mercer’s latest rant? If not, play the video clip of it that you’ll find at the end of this article. He’s saying that telling queer teens to just put up with the bullying at school and elsewhere because “it just gets better” when they eventually reach adulthood doesn’t cut it. He tells gay and lesbian public figures to be open about their sexual orientation so that they can be role models for queer youth. “If you’re gay and you’re in public life...you can’t

Taking the next step: My first visit to my Naturopath.

published: September, 19, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Vitamins - Supplements, Brian Finch

Going to this Naturopath was the best decision I've made in a long time

Taking the next step: My first visit to my Naturopath.

When it was recently suggested that I go see a naturopath a couple months ago, I shrugged it off. I’ve gone this route before and It’s been helpful and I’ve learned a lot from those visits. But in the end I’d slide back into my old ways and some of the underlying issues didn’t seem to get dealt with  - such as my lack of energy. When I picked up this nasty bug from Italy and had to take Flagyl, a drug with warnings that it is possibly carcinogenic, at it’s maximum dosage, it f

Sometimes you gotta butt out: ten days later

published: September, 13, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Mental Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Brian Finch

I did like the Italian “Glamour” cigarettes I was smoking. The same as the nelly little ones I smoked in Canada, but with a pretty flower on the filter.

Sometimes you gotta butt out: ten days later

Ten days later: still not smoking. It’s funny, no later than a few hours into quitting smoking did I have my first smoking dream. The antibiotics I was taking were knocking me out that Saturday, so I slept all morning. It’s easy to start the day off not smoking when you’re asleep.  But alas, as I drifted in and out of sleep, I dozed off again and  - bang  - I was right in to a dream having a cigarette. My thoughts were, “What? I’m not supposed to be smoking. Why am I s

The Flagyl Blues & my recipe for success

published: September, 01, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Mental Health, Health, Brian Finch

At least they say I look good!

The Flagyl Blues & my recipe for success

Flagyl Blues: A traveller's guide to weight loss. In my last post I shared some of the challenges I face. One message I wanted to get out is that those of us who work on Positivelite.com are just like those who come to the site. We are you and you are us. Today I wanted to focus on some of the solutions that I'm focusing on and not just the problem. Before I get to that I wanted to thank everyone forthe very kind messages I received after letting everyone know where I was at. A perfect storm h

Stirring up controversy about “rebound depression”.

published: August, 31, 2011 Categories // Mental Health, Health

Are people who use antidepressants more likely to experience a relapse of major depression after they have stopped their course of medication, than those who did not take antidepressants?

Devan nambiar says|: people living with HIV struggle with various forms of depression from mild to chronic.  Here is a meta-analysis from a Canadian researcher at McMaster University.  While the analysis is controvesial , it is very important for anyone on antidepressant s not to stop their antidepressant medication(s)  when they read these findings.  Always consult with your health care provider, mental health counsellor or psychiatrist.  For further reading &nbs

Buckle Your Seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride!. Bette always said it best.

published: August, 24, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Mental Health, Health, Brian Finch

I’ve been trying to write a light and funny post for quite some time, but it just hasn’t been in me.

Buckle Your Seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride!. Bette always said it best.

I’ve been trying to write a light and funny post for quite some time, but it just hasn’t been in me. Like many people living with HIV, I struggle with depression, and have been hit with a major bout of it. I want to thank Bob Leahy for helping out so much over this past bit of time. Hence I have not been writing, been on Twitter, and maybe a smidgen on Facebook, but not much there either. What I am seeing here in Toronto is a major gap in services for people who need help to deal with at t

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