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-10 Journal – Day 45

I had an exhausting day at work. As each hour passed, I had more and more patients to see. There were so many patients waiting, with problems so complex, that at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, I asked my assistant to cancel a clinic so that I could finish while I still had enough space…

The Adolescent Brain

Last week, I went to work with 1.3 litre of milk. In Canada, you can buy milk in packages of 4 litres, the 4 litres being divided into 3 smaller bags each containing 1.3 litres of milk. To give you an idea of the size, if you’re not familiar with Canada’s bags of milk, I’ve…

The Impact of Child Abuse

One third of children under age 15 have suffered some form of child abuse. Child abuse has a great impact on the development of a person’s understanding of the world. Child abuse affects emotional development. Children who have been abused are less resilient. There is no better way to understand how much abuse as a…

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.…

Resources for Parents on Marijuana

Since cannabis has now been legalized in Canada and 33 American states, many parents of teens are seeking resources to assist them in their conversations with their own adolescent children. I have completed some research on various easily accessible resources and wanted to share these, along with some thoughts as to why I like them.…

Surviving

In the northern hemisphere, May is the month when most people die by suicide. Some of the most courageous people I know are those who have had a family member die by suicide. Forever changed, they go on with their lives and work, often not talking about the loss they suffer and grief that never…

Book Review – My Brain Needs Glasses

I’m reviewing a very good book on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – for children. This book was translated from French and was written by a Psychiatrist from Quebec who specializes in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dr. Annick Vincent. My Brain Needs Glasses: Living with Hyperactivity is well-translated and very understandable. It is written so…