Deep Dive into Benzos | Part 2 of 3 | A Skinless Grape

Today is cloudy and rainy here in South-Central Alberta, Canada. It feels like a day for introspection, so I am going to tell you a story. On Tuesday, I wrote about the class of drugs know as benzos (benzodiazepines). I said the next blog would be about the complex interplay of benzos, anxiety and insomnia, …

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500 Days of Women | Day 9 | Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson, circa 1846-1847 Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an American poet who lived a complex and seemingly tortured life. She died at age 55 before most of her life's work received recognition or was published. The Emily Dickinson Museum is located in her former home of Amherst, Massachusetts. Emily is described as having suffered from …

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Memes don’t change lives. As illustrated by 5 P’s.

Having made this possibly controversial statement, I have to add that I love memes. As a sometime meme generator, why on earth would I make this claim? I think they can help us think about things differently, but thinking doesn't get you very far. Why is this a topic for a blog? There's a story …

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Friends and Fellow Persons with Mental Illness: How Can I Help?

IRL mental services can be fragmented and people face a number of barriers to accessing services: difficulty finding good information about what is available shame and/or fear of stigma transportation and/or hours of service difficulty feeling comfortable, having rapport with the counselor/therapist IRL service agencies in Canada are trying to improve this by including professional …

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