Since April 2017, I have been considering how cannabis legalization will be implemented in Canada. As a psychiatrist who sees only adolescents, I have been emphasizing the need for a robust public health campaign so that the best information about cannabis is easily available to youth, their parents and the organizations that support them. Over …

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Once again this week, I have been thinking about graduations. Graduation is the main topic of discussion for many of my patients. I have attended seven more graduations since Monday, most of them for Algonquin College. Last Monday, I wrote about what I could tell from graduate’s shoes. This week, I looked up, into the …

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I have been attending graduation ceremonies this year. I attended my son’s graduation, some of my patients’ graduations and graduations for the College where I am a Governor. As I watch the graduates cross the stage, I find myself wanting to know more about them and their struggle. I want to know more about them …

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In the wake of the most recent celebrity suicides, I want to speak about two practices that we can learn that combat depression. I am convinced of the value of these practices not just from the fact that research (particularly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Research) has confirmed their value, but because my patients have consistently told …

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Last week, I was annoyed by a few newspaper articles in which those persons using health care services were called “consumers”. I’ve had enough of that. I want the people using health care services to be called “patients” again. What is a “consumer”? My Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines “consumer” as “a person who purchases goods …

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With the legalization of marijuana fast approaching (The Government of Canada is now saying “sometime this summer”), it was only a matter of time until one of my patients asked this question: “Dr. Beck, how much marijuana will I be able to use and still drive?” “I didn’t think you were driving yet.” “I’m not …

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During all my years of practicing medicine, I have been close to research in the institutions where I worked. I have admired and assisted clinical researchers, but I had never felt inclined to join their ranks. When I became the Clinical Director of the Youth Program two years ago, however, that changed. With this new …

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