Parallel Universe

Working in my program right now is like working in a parallel universe. I cannot help thinking that somewhere else in time and space an alternate Dr. Beck is living a life that was just like last year while I am trapped in this unusual “other world”. The problem is that my present world is…

Loneliness II

If you look at last week’s blog, you will notice that a friend reminded me that the elderly are lonely also. It reminded me that, when my mother died, mu youngest son said, ”I’ve lost one of my best friends.” When my children were young, my mother was their caregiver and, even after she was…

Loneliness

Last week after I wrote about how some youth with worsening mental health symptoms might not get help because no one notices, the youth that I know began to come to me with their own suggestions. “Dr. Beck, you have to write a blog and tell people how to prevent loneliness.” “You know, Dr. Beck,…

It’s the Pandemic

In every city, in every region, across the country – probably around the world – the youth mental health crisis is building. In their bedrooms, in their parents’ basements, in shelters, young people are “attending” virtual classes while they dwindle away, becoming less and less confident about their future. These are youth who were already…

Is it Necessary?

Away from the hospital’s stark pandemic décor, away from the school’s minimalist remnants of collegiate life, there is a tranquility that is unaffected by contagion. Squirrels are the busy ones here bustling cheerily through the gold of a Canadian autumn and the dark, dark green of the many evergreens that are the stalwarts of a…

Playing School

If you’re a parent, it helps to have a good memory. Remember being 4 years old and starting school. You arrive on the first day in a new outfit: a new sweater and shoes that are just a little too big. Your teacher is giving you books and a fat pencil to learn to write…

Coming of Age

In Susan Cooper’s book, The Dark Is Rising, the main character, Will Stanton, is turning eleven. One of the important elements of the story is that, with his eleventh birthday, Will comes into his power as one of the Old Ones, who form a circle of protection around the earth from the Dark. As Will…