Journaling and Mental Health

During the summer, there is more time to focus with my patients on practices that will take longer for them to develop. This is not possible during the school year because the practice during this time must be schoolwork itself. The practices we have been developing so far this summer are mindfulness and behavioural activation,…

Why is Self-Compassion So Difficult?

Sometimes I feel as if I am the world’s worst psychiatrist. Mostly this happens when I cannot seem to communicate an idea that should be straightforward. This happened to me last week when I was working with a group of patients on self-compassion. All my patients are adolescents and adolescence can be a very challenging…

Driving and Marijuana

With the legalization of marijuana fast approaching (The Government of Canada is now saying “sometime this summer”), it was only a matter of time until one of my patients asked this question: “Dr. Beck, how much marijuana will I be able to use and still drive?” “I didn’t think you were driving yet.” “I’m not…