Our online activity generates a wealth of data that may help with predicting and preventing mental health challenges before they unravel. This summer, Google rolled out a depression assessment tool, the PHQ-9, to US-based mobile users. The PHQ-9 [you can read a study on it here] is a standardized set of questions that’s commonly used […]

I would love to believe that I knew my son better than anyone, that I knew everything about him. I would love to tell you that. But I didn’t. For 12 years, I didn’t get to know him. Dylan Barmache, a non-verbal 16-year-old with autism, was unknown even to his mom before he developed the […]

Mark joined Stuart, from The OCD Stories, for another wide-ranging interview (check out the first one here) on a variety of mental health and OCD issues, from Internet compulsions, to health anxieties, to dealing with false-memories, uncertainty, control, mindfulness, recovery, and why your therapist better start learning how to run marathons…

The Open Patient tells the stories of two brain cancer patients, Steven Keating and Liz Salmi, and their experiences with accessing and sharing their medical data. Great insights into the power of making data accessible to patients and empowering them to lead their care with that data.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was developed in a clinical setting and has quickly gained in popularity as an evidence-based approach to incorporating mindfulness into medical treatment. Regardless of the issue you’re dealing with, this book is a useful guide to getting a meditation/mindfulness practice started. Read reviews here: http://www.amazon.ca/Full-Catastrophe-Living-Wisdom-Illness/dp/0385303122  

If you can’t access a therapist in your area with a proven track record of helping people recover from OCD, this is a great workbook to help you get started on the path to recovery. Read more reviews here: http://www.amazon.ca/The-OCD-Workbook-Breaking-Obsessive-Compulsive/dp/1572249218  

If you’re desperately trying to make yourself happy but only finding depression, or you’re constantly trying to get rid of anxiety but only finding more anxiety, read this book before you get even more caught up in the happiness trap. Harris provides numerous exercises and tips to help you apply the concepts of Acceptance & Commitment […]

This short book by zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains useful skills that can help any person live a happier, healthier life, whether they see themselves as struggling with mental health issues or not. If you’re looking to get started with mindfulness and fit into your life, this book is a great place to begin. Read […]