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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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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I am bewildered by the various gender designations currently recognized and described. As a psychiatrist who sees primarily adolescents, I must be able to understand what a person means when they tell me that they are non-binary transgender or two-spirit. Gender and gender roles were so restricted in my adolescence that when I wrote an …

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It is almost one month since Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced that the provincial government would be investing in increased hospital beds to improve access, especially during flu season. The investment includes 61 new mental health beds and, while I don’t want to sound ungrateful, or discourage investment in mental health, if I had …

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I was twenty-one years old when I first truly understood learning disabilities. I was in my clinical clerkship at McGill University in a psychiatry rotation. One of the patients I was following had dyslexia. Like every good medical student, I read everything I could about the condition. But it was the definition that was personal …

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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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Recently at a Montreal high school, 62 high school students made a suicide pact. As the story broke last week, the Montreal Gazette revealed that school officials had determined the three people who started the pact, who claimed that it was a prank. The article also quoted a school official as saying that “some of …

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