Canada Schizophrenia

Marijuana's Pro-Psychotic Effects May Put Teens At Risk

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

There is no single cause for schizophrenia. THC alone is not responsible, but there is an abundance of evidence that THC can provoke an earlier onset of schizophrenia by up to six years. There is also solid evidence to suggest a causal link between THC and schizophrenia.

The Symptoms Of Schizophrenia Are Frightening, Isolating And Debilitating

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Schizophrenia is a complex and often devastating illness, characterized by the presence of psychotic symptoms including delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking and behaviour and negative symptoms (apathy, lack of motivation, social withdrawal, and reduced emotional responsiveness).

You Can't Deny Marijuana Is Dangerous For Developing Minds

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Diane McIntosh

Physicians have not effectively confronted pot-related myths, nor have we adequately educated our patients. When I tell parents about marijuana's risks, they often express shock. Many believe it's like oregano... a safe "natural product" that adds a little spice to life. But pot is not benign.

When Psychiatry Gets It Right

Susan Inman | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

I've been waiting a long time for a book like"How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist." Written by psychiatrists David Goldbloom and Pier Bryden, this book is the most thorough account I have seen of the thinking process, or what should be the thinking process, of contemporary psychiatrists. And it can change the entire way you go about asking for, and receiving, help from a mental health professional.

The Solution To Mental Health Reform Is Easy, Getting There Isn't

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada
Marvin Ross

When governments don't want to do something but want to give the appearance of doing something, they set up a task force or committee to investigate and bring back a report. It looks good to some but does nothing and that is what so many jurisdictions do. Maybe it is because I live in Ontario, but this province is the master when it comes to this.

What Causes Mental Illness? It's Complicated.

Dr. Diane McIntosh | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Diane McIntosh

I tell my patients, "Mental illnesses are medical illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease." Most of them struggle to believe me because they know that many people, even people who love them, think they can just "get over" their illnesses. And they're equally as hard on themselves. So let's talk about what causes mental illness, and why that question (and answer) are pretty complicated.

Man Who Beheaded Greyhound Passenger Will Eventually Live On His Own

CP | Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada

Li will leave the group home where he now lives.

New Schizophrenia Research Is Changing Our Understanding Of The Disease

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

New genetic research just announced is being seen as a major breakthrough in understanding the cause of schizophrenia. However, in my opinion, this research should go a long way to improving how those with this disease and their families are perceived, in silencing the anti-psychiatry crowd and in convincing health systems to do more.

This Could Be The Root Cause Of Schizophrenia

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Living

This could be a "crucial turning point."

5 Reasons To Talk About Mental Illness

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

In mental illness, we are constantly mixing apples and oranges. The causes are not the same and neither are the treatments. When we lump them together we create more confusion. And when there is lack of clarity, we tend to fill the gaps in knowledge with myths, superstitions, and mistaken attributions. That's when the quacks come out.

Not Guilty Verdict In Stabbing Of 11-Year-Old Soccer Player

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada

"Get that kid."

Peer Mental Health Workers Need Better Training

Susan Inman | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

A growing trend in the delivery of mental health services is the use of peer support workers. Peers, who have themselves experienced some kind of mental illness, can help meet some of the many needs that people with the most severe mental illnesses have. However, various ideological agendas have led the internationally powerful peer support movement in questionable directions.

Canada Should Look To The U.S.'s Legal Struggles Over Mental Illness Policies

Susan Inman | Posted 11.14.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

Families in Canada fighting for evidence-based care for relatives living with psychotic disorders should see the tenacity of the American families. And Democratic Americans abroad, like me, can let our representatives know that we want the mental health system to begin to meet the needs of people with the most severe illnesses.

We Must Separate Fact From Fiction in the Cannabis Debate

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy

Conversations about cannabis policy are heating up. So it's no surprise that we suddenly seem immersed in claims and counterclaims on a slew of topics related to cannabis use and regulation. The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy has tasked itself with determining the strength of scientific support for such claims. Over the past year, we've been working diligently on scanning the news media and online conversations about cannabis to identify the most oft-repeated or high-profile claims including the ones above related to its use and regulation.

Withholding Medication From Schizophrenia Sufferers Should Be Unethical

Marvin Ross | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Allowing someone with schizophrenia to remain in a psychotic state is cruel and harmful to the person, but that is what happened in a recent drug trial. But that is what happened in a trial conducted by Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Lundbeck Pharmaceutical to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. earlier this year.

We Need More Mental Illness Literacy

Susan Inman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

Efforts at improving mental illness literacy in Canada and the U.S. have been hampered by a problematic notion that education about biological aspects of mental illnesses will lead to greater stigmatizing of people with these disorders.

These Psychiatrists Dare to Set the Record Straight on Mental Illness

Susan Inman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

Two recent books by high profile psychiatrists provide readers with background knowledge that is essential in shaping our own responses to one of the biggest social problems of our times: severe mental illnesses. Now that psychiatrists are increasingly willing to enter into the messy public arena, it's up to the public to see what we can do with the information they are providing.

Couple Sues Sperm Bank After Learning Donor Was A Schizophrenic Dropout With Criminal Record

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada

Canadian couple thought they were opting for a highly educated man with an "impressive health history" when they selected a donor

People With Mental Illness Have Rights Too

Arthur Gallant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

No doctor (or anybody for that reason) should have the power to lock somebody up and take away their freedom without allowing the patient's voice to be heard. A tribunal such as the Consent and Capacity Board protects us all.

I Am Ashamed to Speak of My Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I am fortunate enough to have doctors who are acknowledging my mental illness and treating it. The problem, however, is mine. My issue. I am ashamed of my disorders.

Why Canadians Can't Rely on Current Mental Health Treatment Programs

Paul Kurdyak | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Paul Kurdyak

Mental illness is one of the biggest predictors of inequitable access to care in this country. We know that having a mental illness means that you are far less likely to get the healthcare you need than someone without a mental illness and that mental illness is a bigger predictor of poor access to care than low income.

What Not to Say to Those Suffering From Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To really nail the concept of what mental illness is and how it affects both those who live with it and those who live with us, here are a few tips to guide in what I hope will be an ever-growing trend to encourage communication and break down the stereotypes. So without further ado, here are things to refrain from saying to someone with mental illness.

Why Canadians Should Care About the Battle Over U.S. Mental Health Laws

Susan Inman | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Susan Inman

During the new session of the U.S. Congress, legislators will be considering the proposed "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." The decisions they make can have a big impact on mental health care in Canada.

Caregivers for People With Schizophrenia Are at the Breaking Point

Susan Inman | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

A landmark international survey has concluded that families caring for people with schizophrenia are at a breaking point. The ongoing survey is being conducted by EUFAMI, a European-based association of organizations supporting families coping with severe mental illnesses.

Hey CAMH, What Applies to Marijuana Should Apply to Tobacco

Marvin Ross | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Here is where I have a problem with CAMH itself. Earlier this year, they put a total tobacco ban in place. And, tobacco is a legal substance. Not only could patients not smoke on the property but they could not even have tobacco products in their lockers or rooms.