At least once a week, a parent will express concern to me that their child has an “internet addiction”. When you consider how rare it is to see an adolescent without a smart phone, this certainly seems like a reasonable worry. However, one could just as easily wonder how many adults have an internet addiction, …

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My weeks in the middle of October are crowded with patients – often patients I am not supposed to see since they are over 18 and my program does not extend beyond 18 years. These patients, however, know me and I know them. They turn first to someone they know, and I have told them …

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I heard Michael Redhill read from Bellevue Square during the televised Giller Awards. Other than listening to the brief reading, I knew nothing about the book other than the fact that its author won the Giller Prize for it and that it involved a woman and her doppelganger. That the book was a thriller with …

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January 31, 2018 is Bell Let’s Talk Day. For the last month, a series of short video clips has been circulated by Bell to promote its important fundraising and awareness raising day. The video clips feature people who have experienced mental illness and they are worth watching because they are so inspiring. I can never …

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In Eastern Ontario, this has been a winter for the record books: long periods of deep cold alternating with difficult periods of precipitation and very few days of temperatures that make for a pleasant walk. Just this past week the temperature fell 30 degrees within 12 hours and the precipitation turned from rain, to freezing …

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There were 2861 apparent opioid-related deaths in 2017 and that number is expected to increase to approximately 4000 deaths in the coming year. The question is: Can this number predict at all how many new resources will be needed to improve the prevention of opioid-related deaths? Will we be able at least to stem the …

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In the last two weeks, several of my young patients have mentioned to me that they were being mocked by acquaintances about a seasonal attraction near Ottawa and their personal connection to a psychiatric hospital. With their families they have been asking me what they could do about this attraction, which has so negatively affected …

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