Category Archives: Mental Health

Dumbo’s Feather

Many of us remember the Disney movie Dumbo starring the flying elephant.  Dumbo’s buddy, Timothy Q Mouse, realized that the only thing holding Dumbo back was his lack of self-confidence and tricked him into believing the power came from a magic feather. … Continue reading

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We start to die from the moment we are born

Life begins and life ends. In between, death happens, a little bit at a time. Of course, we could see these small deaths as growth, but that’s only a matter of perspective.

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Damned if you do… – heart attacks and anti-psychotics

I have severe depression, and I have had a heart attack. Yes, my father was only in his mid-fifties when he had his first, so I had some genetics against me. However, I had also been taking anti-depressants and anti-psychotics … Continue reading

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Depression – A New Look

I don’t think it’s necessary here to outline the effects that depression on individuals or on society. Loss of productivity, the ability to work, or even life itself are all too often the outcomes of this common disease. There are … Continue reading

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Addicted on PEI

PEI is often advertised as the “The Gentle Island”, and is known around the world as the setting of “Anne of Green Gables“. Our tourism brochures are filled with images of white sandy beaches, red cliffs, green fields, blue sky, … Continue reading

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Religion and Psychiatry Don’t Mix

The Boston Globe reports that Raymond W Kam, a psychiatrist at the Boston Children’s Hospital, decided that one of his patients was possessed by evil spirits. His treatment focused on her spiritual well being, and not on her mental health. … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Get the Flu Shot

Influenza is a common respiratory illness that affects millions of Canadians every year. Although most people recover completely from the flu, and estimated 4,000-8,000 people, mostly seniors die each year. Many others die from complications of influenza. A recent study … Continue reading

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A School Bullying Episode Close to Home

This post discusses an incident that happens about 8 years ago when my youngest son was in his last month of high school. I begin with a letter I penned to the local paper.  On Thursday, May 18th, the members … Continue reading

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The Monster Under the Bed

Almost all children have fears of monsters in closets or under their beds. There are many techniques parents can use to help their troubled offspring and help everyone get a decent night’s sleep. The first of these is understanding the … Continue reading

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Looking Away

The news yesterday and today have focused on the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Before that we had Rehtaeh Parsons, Syria, Sandy Hook, Hurricane Sandy…. The list seems endless and overwhelming. With the news of major tragedies so ubiquitous, it … Continue reading

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