The ways we think, feel and behave are the manifestation of what we encounter and experience in life, and they are also shaped by the dynamics of those whom we interact with especially during our early years of development.
How we were raised and the environment we grew up in early years has significant effects on our emotional and mental health as well as on how our brains are being ‘wired’.
Positive experiences can outweigh negative experiences. The richer the former is, the greater is its impact on tipping the balance of experiences from negative to positive. It is also true in reverse.
Although the impact of early years experiences (both positive and negative) on later life is great, your ability to manage and bounce back from challenges and difficulties in life can be enhanced if you continue to explore and engage in nurturing relationships.
For those who are parents, when you continue to raise your child based on the principle of nurturing, you are providing your child with a greater reserve of inner strengths from which they can draw upon to weather any storms throughout their lives.
Parenting can be understood by the example Mahatma Gandhi set for his people, ‘be the change that you wish to see in the world’. Effective parenting is about being the change that you expect to see in your child.
It is the mission of the Green Pastures Counselling Services to help you explore, restore and apply all of your internal resources to regain an optimal level of mental health and functioning.
We provide mental health counselling and family therapy to residents living in Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham and the GTA area.
We also provide:
- assessment & counselling for ADHD children and adults;
- anger management counselling for men;
- therapy and conflict resolution to individuals, couples and families.
Information on Mental Health Issues
- Generalized anxiety disorder involves persistent and excessive worry about situations or persons that are out of proportion from the reality.
- ADHD (Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder) is characterized by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
- Early-Year Development and Stress Management Research findings from extensive studies on the biology of stress indicated that healthy development especially in early years can be derailed by excessive activation of stress response system in the body and the brain, and it increases the level of damaging effects on learning, behavior and health across the lifespan. However, sensitive and responsive care-giving from a parent will create a safe and secure parent-child relationship which enables the child to have a more controlled stress response when they are upset, dealing with challenges, and be frightened at times to explore and learn to develop his/her confidence and competence.
- Depression is characterized by having low mood, losing concentration, sleeping many hours still feeling tired, feeling unmotivated and lack of energy, losing appetite, losing interest in once pleasurable activities, and having tendency to think negatively.
- Panic disorder often being triggered by repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety, fear or terror that will make a person experience an acute sense of losing control. Some of the noticeable reactions are feelings of impending danger, shortness of breath, heart palpitations or chest pain.
- Anger Management. It is a reflection of poor or underdeveloped emotional management skills contributed by poor quality of early years care-giving and education due to conditions of economic hardship, unstable and inconsistent parenting, abuse, neglect and separation.
- Social anxiety disorder is a manifestation of high levels of anxiety, fear and avoidance of social situations induced by feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness of being judged or viewed negatively by others.
- Bipolar disorder is characterized by dramatic and unpredictable mood swings, and it often manifested with episodes of depression and mania. There are several types of bipolar disorder, and episodes of mania can be brief and frequent, and sometimes they can last for several days to more than a week.
- Dysthymia having symptoms similar to those of major depression but to a less degree of intensiveness. It involves a low or irritable mood, a decrease in pleasure, loss of energy, persistently feeling sad and unmotivated. Sleeping is an issue, either sleep too much or having trouble sleeping.
- Phobias are characterized by extreme anxious reactions when one is being exposed to a specific object or situation that prompted a desire to avoid it. Phobias can provoke panic attacks in some people.
- Separation anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive anxious reactions to being separated from parents or the primary caretaker during the early childhood development.
- Substance-induced anxiety disorder manifested itself with major symptoms of anxiety or panic attacks that is a direct result of abusing drugs, taking medications, withdrawal from drugs, or all of the above.
DISCLAIMER: Description of each of the mental issue is intended for a quick reference only. You are advised not to use it for self-diagnosis. If you have concerns about your mental health conditions, you are advised to seek medical advice from your family doctor or from a psychiatrist. If you already have a confirmed diagnosis of a mental health issue and you are considering counselling as an alternative treatment, you are encouraged not to stop taking medications without discussing and consulting with your family doctor or psychiatrist. Please also mention to your medical professionals about seeking counselling if you can.