The Psychology Blog of Kevin Ruddell

The Best Treatments for Anxiety – Natural or Medication

I previously wrote about natural treatments for anxiety and thought a follow up regarding the “best treatments” for anxiety would be helpful. While it is impossible to state what is best for every person I can comment on what I believe are some of the best treatments available. First, the most important thing to recognize [...]

By |2018-08-14T15:35:51-06:00May 20th, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on The Best Treatments for Anxiety – Natural or Medication

Work or Loss of Work Can Literally Be Killing You!

An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.   Over the past year we have seen the impacts of the economy on corporate and global levels, but there [...]

By |2018-08-14T15:35:51-06:00March 16th, 2016|Stress|Comments Off on Work or Loss of Work Can Literally Be Killing You!

Psychology Awareness Month

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.   Being that February is Psychology Awareness Month, I thought that I would take a moment to write about psychology. Psychology is the study of mind and body, or more specifically, understanding [...]

By |2018-08-14T15:35:51-06:00February 29th, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on Psychology Awareness Month

How am I supposed to know what I don’t know?

Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.   When life is going our way we often feel successful, in control and optimistic. Certainty provides us a sense of comfort, whereas uncertainty may lead to an overwhelming sensation that life is out [...]

By |2018-08-14T15:35:51-06:00February 2nd, 2016|Psychology|Comments Off on How am I supposed to know what I don’t know?

New Year’s Resolutions

Anything worth having is worth fighting for.   Without fail every January individuals commit to going to the gym, eating healthier, quitting smoking, sticking to a budget… yet for some reason it only seems to last a short period of time. Welcome to New Year’s resolutions. So do New Year’s resolutions actually [...]

By |2018-08-14T15:35:51-06:00December 29th, 2015|Goals|Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions

‘Tis the Season for Joy or Dread

The holiday season brings a sense of joy, love and happiness to many, yet not for all. Unfortunately the holiday season represents a time of stress and chaos for many people. So why do some love the holidays whereas others dread the holidays? Just like in my post on anger, I believe the cause of [...]

By |2018-08-14T15:35:52-06:00December 20th, 2015|Psychology|Comments Off on ‘Tis the Season for Joy or Dread

Are There More Bad Drivers in the Winter? A Look at Anger & Expectations.

Peace begins when expectations end. This time of year, without fail there always seems to be an increase in the number of people who get angry while driving or complain about those that drive poorly in the winter months. I personally do not believe that there is an increase in [...]

By |2018-08-14T15:35:52-06:00December 3rd, 2015|Anger|Comments Off on Are There More Bad Drivers in the Winter? A Look at Anger & Expectations.

Treating Anxiety Naturally, Without the use of Medication

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.   Clients often come into the initial session asking if they need medication to help deal with challenges relating to anxiety. My general position is that medication management has its place, but I do not see it as a long [...]

By |2018-08-14T15:35:52-06:00November 11th, 2015|Anxiety|Comments Off on Treating Anxiety Naturally, Without the use of Medication

Empower the Movement

Starting June 2015 many people may have noticed Checker Yellow Cabs with the “I love you” hand sign decal on their vehicles driving around Calgary. At first I didn’t realize what the purpose was, but upon closer inspection I recognized that the decal is a campaign with HomeFront to raise awareness of and end domestic violence. Most people [...]

By |2018-08-14T15:35:52-06:00October 27th, 2015|Domestic Violence|Comments Off on Empower the Movement

In Support of Mental Health Week

I have been asked time and time again to blog on my website by various individuals, so I figured what better time to start a blog post then mental health awareness week. Albeit I am a week late, but better late than never, correct? As a psychologist, I deal with mental health on a daily [...]

By |2018-08-14T15:35:52-06:00October 15th, 2015|Mental Health Week, Psychology|Comments Off on In Support of Mental Health Week