Earlier this month, CAMH was host to a group of 30 grade 9 students as part of the national Take Our Kids to Work Day program – an initiative that has been a long-standing tradition at CAMH for over a decade.
Those young enough to have attended their own Take Our Kids to Work day in the past might remember that awkward day of missing school to visit a parent’s office, potentially job shadowing a staff member, and for the unlucky ones, actually doing office work answering phones or organizing files.
Things are a bit different at CAMH – recently billed as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers – which offered a full day of activities for its young guests. Read more
By Dr. Bernard Le Foll, Head of the Alcohol Research and Treatment Clinic at CAMH
Canada is a country that both enjoys alcohol, but is also fairly responsible about its education, sale and distribution to the public.
And yet there are still gaps in knowledge about the new treatment options available.
As head of the Alcohol Research and Treatment Clinic at CAMH, I want to take an opportunity to provide insight on our work. But it begins with language.
While “alcohol dependence” and “alcohol abuse” are still used, since DSM-5 we are seeing a shift towards the term “Alcohol Use Disorder” to refer to the spectrum of ways that alcohol can affect the person. This reflects the fact that some people lose control over their use of alcohol. It also acknowledges that there is a continuum that ranges from normal use, up to use that produces very severe complications in the person affected. Read more
The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health brings treatment professionals and leading researchers together with experts in communicating and sharing knowledge.
Anya has tried every tactic to get her 18 year old son to cut down his video gaming. She has taken away internet access, grounded him and even tried bribing him into doing other activities. “Peter comes home from school, throws his backpack on the ground and does not come out of his room for hours” she explains. “I can’t even get him to come out for dinner most nights”. When Peter was in high school, Anya connected with her son’s school teachers and school appointed social workers desperately looking for ways to help her son. His grades were slipping, and she was blaming the video games. Now that Peter is in college, he often stays up until 2 or 3 am gaming and browsing the internet and sometimes misses his morning classes. When he’s not playing Counter-Strike, he is watching online videos of people playing. Read more
by Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program
This week is National Addiction Awareness Week and I would like to focus on those who struggle with co-occuring mental illness and addiction – called concurrent disorders.
This can mean experiencing depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, or another mental illness, while also experiencing an alcohol use disorder, cannabis dependence, or even problem gambling. These co-occuring illnesses may be active at the same time or at different times, in the present or in the past, and their symptoms may vary in intensity and form over time. Read more