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Interesting case report on Bipolar and THC

The mother of one of my male patients who has a bipolar diagnosis shared this article -it remains a word to the wise – any mood altering substance can and usually will trigger a psychotic episode in people with a bipolar diagnosis.(refer to article for full discussion) Cannabis-Induced Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features A Case…

Psychiatric illness: a flaw in chemistry, not character!

Over the years I have found that the best description of psychiatric illness is this phrase – ‘a flaw in chemistry not a flaw in character’. It serves, amongst many things, to de-stigmatize the condition and puts it in the framework of understanding why medications and other interventions are effective and why, in many cases,…

What is a ‘nervous breakdown’?

Over the years in my private practice, many patients have come to me expressing the fear that they are having a’ nervous breakdown’. However, this term never seems to be fully understood by everyone and often benefits from a discussion as to what it can mean and how to treat it. Ultimately, I chose to…

The meanest of diseases…

Over the years, I have sought, in various ways, to describe the manner by which the disease of depression compromises one’s daily life and normal functioning. There is the proverbial “a chemical imbalance” which greatly minimizes, in my opinion, what this disease is capable of doing. I later developed the metaphor of  likening this disease…