Remembrance Day

Tomorrow, it will snow, if the weather forecast is correct. This will make for an interesting Remembrance Day at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, where I live. I have been to the War Memorial in all weather, including snow, but I do not ever remember it snowing through the ceremony before, except for a…

A Social Media Conversation

A common practice in the Monday group is to find out what people did on the weekend: what was fun, what was difficult, what helped you feel better, what made you feel worse. Also, most people can become engaged in this conversation and the topic lends itself to discussing behavioural activation which is one of…

Talking About Cannabis

Last Thursday evening I gave a talk on cannabis at my university for Brain Health Awareness Week. I had an opportunity to speak alongside two colleagues – both distinguished researchers, while I am a clinician. My work is with patients and while I facilitate research as much as I can, it is not my strength.…

Vaping and Marijuana

Since I’ve been reading about vaping, my patients have been expressing concern that I’m asking them as much about physical symptoms related to lung disease as I am about mental health. Last week, one regular patient quipped, “Hey, Dr. Beck, if I had problems breathing, my Dad would have me at the family doctor before…