We Have Come so Far, We Have so Far to Go

First off, I would like to thank everyone who has been following my blog posts for the past six months; it means a great deal to know that I have such amazing friends and family who will support me no matter how tough things get. This will be my last official post with Healthy Minds Canada … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


The Right Support is Key

An important aspect of mental health is how our illness is perceived by others and the people we go to for support. It is very important for anyone dealing with a mental condition which is stigmatized to develop connections with those who can be trusted and who are non-judgmental. Confiding in the wrong person may result … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


The End of World Pride

World Pride has come and gone, and what a truly spectacular event it was. The roads were closed off, the music blared and people partied at all hours of the night.  The event was attended by visitors from all over the world and it really showed how accepting, diverse and cosmopolitan the city of Toronto really is. I suppose I should … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


The Mental Cliff

It’s incredible how despite how low one can feel the mind can always bounce back. There were days I have felt so depressed that I just didn’t have any motivation but I have somehow always been able to pull myself up and do what needed to be done.  In life we can be so bombarded by … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


Cybersexual Addictions

I recently watched a movie on Netflix called “Thanks for Sharing” and it inspired this entry. The premise of the film is sex addiction, and the characters identify as addicts whose desire for sexual release often controls them and interferes with their ability to form meaningful interpersonal relationships. Interesting aspects of the film include ‘triggers’ such as … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


Frustrations of the Customer Service Industry

“There’s nothing I can do, sir. Please feel free to write in to our Customer Care Department and they will further address your concern.” For anyone who has worked in customer service, these words likely sound pretty familiar. There is always the constant stress of catering to other people’s needs while also adhering to company … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


The Continuing Threat of HIV Infection in Modern Gay Times: A Personal Reflection

In a previous post, I’ve mentioned HIV and the division it has caused between gay men who are positive and negative, and I would like to elaborate on this point from a personal perspective.  I am going to share my own feelings as an HIV-negative man and how the disproportionate prevalence of HIV in the … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


The Abstract Mind

When I first started doing this blog I wanted to avoid making it a personal diary and spewing my own mental excrement all over the screen. Now as I continue to write about mental health, I find it impossible to properly discuss the topic without touching on things which are darker in nature. In this post I confront some of … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


Tops and Bottoms: An Analysis of Modern Gay Communities

The following article relates specifically to gay men in modern gay communities and may not accurately portray issues pertaining to lesbians or transgendered individuals. Up until now I have not gone into great detail about how identifying as a gay man has affected my mental health. This is mainly due to the fact that it … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


We Own the Rights to our Thoughts and Emotions

How often do we grapple with the notion that “Life Sucks”? How often do we feel judged for it? I certainly have. This statement, more often than not, evokes a strong adverse reaction and is associated with weakness, laziness and the idea that we are not trying hard enough to be happy. This could not be further … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


The Muck of Life

Time has never been my friend. I believe in western society it would be fair to say this applies to almost everyone.  As the world becomes progressively more complex and because things are changing at such a rapid pace, the ability to keep up is becoming increasingly more difficult.  The multitude of obligations one is faced with … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


False Perceptions and Self-Reflections

Starting from a young age, there was always a part of my brain that separated myself from others. As I grew to understand my homosexuality I thought of dating as a concept experienced by other people, and not for myself. I developed an unhealthy self-image during my adolescence and young adulthood, and would obsess on certain physical traits over and … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.


Mark Fraser: Self-Identity and Obsessive Thought

My name is Mark Fraser and I have lived in Toronto since June of 2012. I have struggled with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of my adolescent and adult life, and would like an opportunity to share my experiences with others. My story begins when I was growing up in Calgary, Alberta and when I had a very overly active … Continued

About Mark Rob

Mark Fraser is a 30 year old man who has lived with depression, anxiety and obsessive thought for much of his adult life. Since coming out as gay in high school he's had difficulty relating to others in his community and has experienced self-doubt and a pensive outlook for his future. Mark moved to Toronto in 2012 and has become involved in Second City Improvisation classes as well as personal training in order to maintain his physical and mental health. He has expressed interest in blogging with Healthy Minds as a means of reaching out to others who feel isolated and as a way to express himself in a positive space. You can connect with Mark on Twitter or Facebook.