My COVID-19 Journal – Day 65

I have published this blog every day, but I never know who’s reading it. I am grateful for every reader, but each person who tells me that they read what I am writing is an amazement to me. I have had neighbours approach me, whom I’ve never met, who tell me that they’re reading my…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 58

“Dr. Beck, my grandfather started drinking during World War II. My Dad says he became an alcoholic. I’m using more marijuana than my parents realize and I think I’m getting addicted to it, just like my Grandpa became addicted to alcohol.” This is a situation that is coming up often in my practice, since many…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 57

This is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day. Nightingale Is considered the Founder of Modern Nursing and for that reason, International Nurses Day is celebrated on her birthday. Nightingale’s main contribution to medicine was to establish the role of hygiene in health and healing. No health professional safeguards…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 56

Of all the changes from a Youth Inpatient Unit to an Adult Unit, the one change that is most distressing to me is patients’ addictions to nicotine. Many patients who are transferred to this new unit from other community hospitals are most concerned about whether they will be able to smoke. As a Youth Psychiatrist,…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 53

I love the beginning of my day and the end of my day – safety huddle in the morning and check-in before I leave. These are comforting meetings. First thing in the morning, with a nurse, the ward clerk, the social worker and the manager, I hear how every patient has managed the last fourteen…