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Abuse and Domestic Violence
What is Abuse and Domestic Violence? Abuse is behaviour used to intimidate, isolate, dominate or control another person. It may be a pattern of behaviour or it may be a single incident. Abusive behaviour might involve acts or words or even neglect.   Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial: Physical abuse is when someone hurts you physically in any way. It includes hitting, kicking, slapping, pinching, cutting, stabbing, and shooting. All of these examples are assault, which is a crime in Canada and the United States. Sexual touching or sexual activity is abuse if you do not consent or if ...
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Children and Youth with Thoughts of Suicide: Guide for Parents and Caregivers
What is Suicide? Suicide is the act of ending one's life. It is unfortunate, but modern society tends to be stressful and disconnecting, and as a result, some children and youth may think about ending their lives. People may suicidal when they feel disconnected from people or activities that give a sense of belonging, purpose, hope and meaning.  Stresses can contribute, such as: School stress such as problems with friends, schoolwork, teachers, bullies.Home stress, such as conflict or disagreements with family members. Work stresses such as problems with co-workers, bosses, workload.Modern society, with the way that ...
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Delirium: Information for Families and Caregivers
What Is It? Delirium is a sudden change in how a person thinks or acts. Delirium can occur in all ages, though the elderly and the very young, are at the highest risk. It can happen to anyone, however most commonly happens to patients who are already in hospital. Signs of Delirium The first sign of delirium is that you notice that your loved one appears to act differently and not as you’d expect. Caregivers often say, “He is not himself… This is not like my child at all….” Classic signs include: Confusion and disorientation, such as:Getting confused about the time or dateGetting confused about who he or she is, not recognizing ...
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Psychosis in Children and Youth: Information for Parents and Caregivers
What Is Psychosis? Psychosis is a serious medical condition in which a person has trouble telling the difference between what is real and what is not real, typically with symptoms such as delusions and/or hallucinations:   Delusions:  Delusions are fixed, false beliefs, which do not have a basis in reality. Types of delusions include Paranoid delusions, where a person may become suspicious of others and worried about being harmed by others. It may include fears of being spied on or being followed. Bizarre delusions, which are delusions that are strange and completely impossible, e.g. believing that one is ...
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Schizophrenia: Information for Consumers, Families and Caregivers
Introduction Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that causes changes in a person's thoughts, perceptions, emotions and behaviours. It can make someone hear or see things that others cannot see. It can make someone feel unsafe, afraid, and lead to avoiding other people, and loss of function. Without proper treatment, it can cause serious problems with school, work and relationships. Fortunately, help is available for those with schizophrenia. In addition, there are many things that family and friends can do to support their loved ones with schizophrenia. Do I Have Schizophrenia? The following is a list of some symptoms of ...
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