Tag 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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Naturopathic medicine offers solutions for drug side effects – or not

Whenever I struggle with a topic for this blog, another article in the local newspaper by our neighbourhood Naturopath selling her supplements shows up, and inspiration strikes. Question: I have had sore and weak leg muscles ever since I started … Continue reading

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The Unsuccessful Self-Treatment of a Case of Writer’s Block, Dennis Upper Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis Volume 7, Issue 3, page 497, Fall 1974


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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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50 Shades of Abuse

The hugely popular books 50 Shades of Grey and the sequals Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed were huge international best sellers with over 70 million copies sold worldwide, and set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time, surpassing … Continue reading

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Body image

Many pixels have been murdered in discussions about peer pressure and body image. There can be serious problems such as anorexia and bulimia, harmful fad diets and useless superfoods, but we can trust SMBC to put a humorous spin on … 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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