Category Archives: Mental Health

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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Gimme a stick

Boggle the Owl is a tumblr blog where advice or commentary on questions of self-worth, emotional upheaval, sexuality, mental health, and other issues is shared. Sometimes, the ideas are expressed by the owl her(him)self. This is how Boggle views the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Tragedy in Newtown

It is totally unfathomable that a man would kill his mother, several teachers, and 20 young children. I don’t think any of us can imagine either what was happening inside his head at the time, and few of us can … Continue reading

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