Why Do Teens Use Marijuana?

I must ask unusual questions in the course of my work. Asking teens why they use marijuana is one of the questions that gets some thought-provoking answers. Here are some of them: “What kind of question is that?” “I don’t know.” “You know – to relax.” “It’s just something to do while hanging out.” “I…

Horror Movies

“Dr. Beck, I’ve reached a new, sad milestone in my life.” I listen to this statement from a sixteen year old and wonder what they will say next. I ask timidly, suppressing an internal scream, “What milestone is that?” “Well,” my patient continues, flinging their head to one side revealing tear-filled eyes, “the stuff I…

Finding Peace in War

Last Friday, I was interviewed by a local journalist, Sam Laprade, about the mental health impact on children and youth of the war in Ukraine. Preparing for that interview, all I could think about was the stories of family members who had escaped from Poland to Canada during and after World War II. These relatives…

My Front Step

I am just sitting on my front step having tea. I have the third part of the six-part series on Therapy that I am writing, but I am not going to publish it today. Right now, it is 18 degrees Celsius out – that’s 65 degrees Fahrenheit – and it is a beautiful spring evening.…