A Summer Reading List

“Dr. Beck, have you got a summer reading list ready yet?” When I was asked this question last week, I was taken aback. I had completely forgotten to get a book list together before the summer started. Last summer, one of the more popular handouts I prepared were some reading lists for youth. I made…

The Patient’s Medical Home and Me

A few years ago, I was asked this question by someone at a talk I was giving about the mental health impact on youth with a serious chronic illness: “Who is the quarterback of each person’s health care?…Should someone be in charge, connecting all the dots…” The answer to this question is The Patient’s Medical…

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…