Thursday, October 21, 2021

How to Live and Feel Better with Chronic Depression

 What is Depression?

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Depression in general is more than feeling sad once in a while, it is a feeling that is present almost every day, for most of the day, for over a period of two or more weeks. Depression can have a negative effect on your energy, relationships, family dynamics, friendships, social life, work, and education.

Psychology Today offers some KEY POINTS

  • Chronic depression presents genuine logistical difficulties, as a depressive episode often strikes at the most inconvenient moment.
  • It's not necessary for someone to let periodic depression stop them from living their life.
  • Using a few practical techniques can help them navigate themselves safely through depression.

Dr Dadson discusses the issues men face when living with depression

 from  Jake Tyler | TEDxBrighton, discuses his path to better mental health enjoying the outdoors, and regular exercise.

7 Links to Know More About Dr Michael Dadson (Mike Dadson)

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Outdoors, a Place to Manage Stress and Anxiety - Michael Dadson

Outdoors, a Place to Manage Stress and Anxiety - Michael Dadson

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According to Dr Michael (Mike Dadson), "an outdoor environment with fresh air, be it in cultivated gardens, or a more natural setting, can help bring calm to both our bodies and minds, and is especially great when we suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression. Walking, or finding a quiet place to sit and breath naturally, allows nature to reach out to us with calming benefits. This is also true when we are around water sources."

To read more about the benefits of the outdoors to your mental health follow the link here. 

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Sunday, October 17, 2021


Things to Remember in Your Day to Day Life

Inspiration can come from many places. Be it your dream, what you get joy from, what you LOVE to do, one of your children, or something born out of an existing passion. Whatever the case, finding your inspiration is important for positive mental health. 

 2018; 9: 2126. published a results of study indicating the positive impact of motivational quotes.

Additionally, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), can help you to reframe negative or depressing thoughts. The American Psychological Association published results of a study indicating " CBT may stabilize over-activity in higher-order brain areas".

If you having trouble finding your inspiration, are depressed, or experiencing anxiety  counselling can be highly beneficial. Contact Dr. Michael Dadson here about an appointment.

Doctor Dadson recommends these 2 videos for information and tips to help reduce stress/anxiety, and deal with depression issues.

1. 7 Simple Tips To Reduce Your STRESS Right Now

Doctor Michael Dadson is highly accredited in his work and holds a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology.

To read more about Dr. Dadson's accreditations and affiliations follow the 7 links below.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Dr. Dadson on Counselling and the Impact of Sexual Abuse

Clinical Counselling for Depression, Substance Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Sexual Abuse Can Result in a Lifetime of Compromised Mental Health, Especially When Left Unaddressed, According to Langley, BC Clinical Counsellor, Dr. Michael Dadson 

Instances of sexual abuse are becoming more transparent in the media. There is the horrify story of USA gymnastics and their disgraced physician who abused hundreds of victims before he was caught.

Recently, The New York Times featured an article about a physician  who "addicted vulnerable women to pain medications and assaulted them, according to a new lawsuit".

The impacts of sexual abuse can be profound, traumatic and life long (anxiety and depression are common), if not addressed.  Not only are there mental health affects, but your physical health can be at risk as well. Dr Dadson notes research indicates eating disorders are also linked to abuse. 

Counselling and other interventions are important to address the long term mental and .physical effects.

To view Dr Dadson's counselling videos click the link here.

Follow this link to read Dr. Dadson's academic publications.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

U.N. Report Linking Youth Depression to COVID-19

Extended COVID-19 lockdowns, and closures have lead to isolation for many youth, resulting in a pervasive sense of uncertainty continuing to affect the mental health of youth leading to depression and anxiety.

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Forbes Magazine, discusses a recent study from the University of Calgary published in JAMA Pediatrics indicating depression and anxiety in youth have doubled over the pandemic.

The study indicates the mental health of various groups will continue to be impacted by COVID-19.

For further reading about depression and youth follow the links below.

1. U.N. Report Linking Youth Depression to COVID-19

2. For a list of mental health support services, follow this link. 

3. To view a video about depression and anxiety watch Dr Dadson's video here

4. Depression counselling in Langley. 

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Dr. Michael Dadson: Rescuing Relationships From COVID-19

Dr. Dadson recommends that, in the midst of the emotional turmoil, we all make a practice of respect, empathy, kindness, and acceptance, and try to remember that maintaining healthy relationships is critical to our own mental and emotional health. 

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To learn more about the impact of Covid19, follow the link below.

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Monday, October 4, 2021

How Depression and Anxiety Impact the Body

There is a great article from the New York Times looking at the "The Devastating Ways Depression and Anxiety Impact the Body" and why the "Mind and body form a two-way street".

"Men respond to stress very differently than women', comment Dr. Michael Dadson (Mike Dadson).

Depression Counselling in Langley 


Dr. Michael Dadson explains, “there are many types of depression”, and there are many types of therapies for depression”.  

As a counsellor, until you are aware of the root of cause for the depression and address the underlying cause or belief related to the depression, it can be difficult to recommend a treatment plan or recover", comment Dr. Michael ( Mike Dadson )..  


When Dr. Mike Dadson, talks about male depression, and ways men respond to therapy, there are several differences to that of a woman. Dr. Mike Dadson identifies that it is accepted and considered “socially normal for women to have vulnerability, and emotional social connections”. Dr. Dadson explains “for men, there is often shaming of emotional vulnerability from childhood messages like; boys don’t cry, real  men don’t cry, you cry like a girl, real men aren’t afraid”.  


Many boys grew up with the mentality they were not allowed to be emotionally vulnerable so now as men they do not have a reference point to start. Dr. Michael Dadson relates “this presents a problem for men suffering with depression, stress or trauma”. Dr. Dadson explains, “the fact that the very nature of trauma means the person feels vulnerable, or helpless, or terrified and even powerless, there is a total disconnect for many men when they experience emotions they are not familiar with or allowed to have or feel”. My research has shown that this experience acts as a secondary trauma for men that is a barrier for treatment.  


Dr. Mike Dadson references the many cultures around the world where the types of emotions connected to trauma are “almost alien, or not masculine.” This mindset causes a contradiction for men between what they have been brought up hearing, believing to what they are now feeling. Dr. Dadson believes counseling can address many of the beliefs men may have about their masculinity, vulnerability and ability to have and feel emotions. 


Depression in general is more than feeling sad once in a while, it is a feeling that is present almost every day, for most of the day, for over a period of two or more weeks. Depression can have a negative effect on your energy, relationships, family dynamics, friendships, social life, work, and education.  


Depending on what has caused a specific incidence of depression, Dr. Michael Dadson will discuss options to develop a counseling plan ca to help you deal with your issues and emotions. Dr. Mike Dadson can help a person to adapt to life changes that are causing depression, including issues related to job loss, bereavement, marriage or relationship conflict. Dr. Dadson will discuss a treatment plan with you to help effectively address your depression.  

Dr. Mike Dadson has a variety of academic works and publications. Click here to view.  Dr. Dadson is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), in the province of BC. Follow this link to view his profile.

If you would like to find out more about treatment for depression, contact Dr. Dadson through his clinical practice here.

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