Addiction and Warning Signs

Posted by on 16/05/2016 in Blog.

By Mark Szwender, MA, Registered Provisional Psychologist   Like most other conditions or illnesses, addiction (or substance use disorder, as defined by the DSM 5) presents itself on a spectrum that ranges anywhere from mild to severe. Some people can manage to use addictive substances recreationally that does not interfere with their ability to function and does not meet the criteria for a substance use disorder. For others, however, substance use can progress into full blown addicti...Read More Here!


15 Reasons Spring is the Best Season

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Summer, winter, and fall may have their fans, but spring is clearly the best season. Even science agrees!   1. TEMPERATURES ARE MODERATE Spring marks the end of blistering winter and the transitional period to scorching summer. The Earth's axis is angled between its closest and furthest position from the Sun, when temperatures are the most extreme. You can finally ditch the winter layers.   2. THERE ARE MORE HOURS IN THE DAY Following the spring equinox, when the Earth’...Read More Here!


Peppermint a Memory Enhancer

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By: Nora Abou-Absi A new study out of Northumbria University in Britain suggests that drinking peppermint tea can improve long-term and working memory in healthy adults. The research team randomly allocated a total of 180 participants to take a drink of peppermint tea, chamomile tea or hot water. They found that participants who took peppermint tea showed significant improvement in long term memory, working memory and alertness. While the participants who took drank chamomile tea showed a sl...Read More Here!


Book: Defining My Boundaries

Posted by on 10/12/2015 in Blog.

Defining My Boundaries is a new book by Joyce Stewart. Joyce was motivated to write after the work she did with Cory Hrushka at Insight Psychological. Read her telling of how her book came to be below and purchase Defining My Boundaries here. Oh how I thought I was in a slump. Looking for answers and not really knowing the questions. I went on the internet to see if I could shed some light on my confusion. Surfing through the sites I came upon the Insight Psychological websit...Read More Here!


Video: The Truth About Child Sex Abuse

Posted by on 01/12/2015 in Blog.

Sex abuse of any kind is terrible and can leave lifelong mental and emotional scars, but it is especially abhorrent when it happens to children. The video below is a great piece produced by the BBC on "The Truth About Child Sex Abuse" Watch Video Here If you have concerns about child sex abuse, or abuse of any kind, Insight Psychological has experienced counselors in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Red Deer & Calgary that are available to help. Contact us today....Read More Here!


Does Porn Contribute to Violent Crime?

Posted by on 02/10/2015 in Blog.

Does pornography cause rape, sexual violence or murder etc.? With a commentary on serial murderer Ted Bundy’s use of pornography. Although there are two sides to the question of ‘does pornography cause rape, sexual violence or murder?” In order to understand, we need to look at the difference between causation and correlation. Pornography may be correlated to sexual violence and murder, but it is connected to many other things as well and vice versa, just like high religiosit...Read More Here!


7 Tips for Blended Families

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About 43% of all marriages these days include one or more of the partners who have had a previous marriage. 65% of these remarriages involve children from a previous relationship. When all the math is done, it appears that one out of every three children will spend time in a blended family situation (note that this is an estimate and a definitive statistic is hard to come by on this). Therefore, you, or someone you know is likely experiencing some of the difficulties that a blended family brings...Read More Here!