Mental illness and addiction can present in a variety of ways. Although everyone feels worried or anxious from time to time, mental illness gets in the way of thinking, relating to others or day-to-day functions. There are many types of mental illness, and each affects a person in a different way, with unique challenges. Examples include: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD and several others. A mental illness diagnosis can be temporary or last a lifetime while being effectively managed through treatment.
You may have seen ads recently in magazines and on TV advertising a new shingles vaccine called Shingrix. Maybe you’ve already had the Zostavax vaccine. Maybe you were thinking about it after seeing a friend or family member go through an episode of shingles. Let me tell you: Shingles can be nasty and I’ve seen patients suffer from the pain for weeks, even months, after the rash resolves.
You’ve probably heard it before: Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Canada, killing more than 40,000 Canadians every year. Canada has an initiative called “Under 5 by ‘35”, where the goal is to have less than 5% of Canadians smoking tobacco by the year 2035; current data suggests that approximately 18% of Canadians are smokers. By reaching our goal in 2035, we could save thousands of lives from tobacco-related disease and death and improve the quality of life of so many more. Surveys show 85% of cigarette smokers would like to stop, 75% of smokers have tried to quit at least once and over half of all Canadians who have smoked quit successfully. Our pharmacists are here to help those in our community reach their goal of being smoke-free.