My Journey as a youth with Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

My Journey as a youth with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) “Excuse me, sorry”… that’s how it all started. I was around six or seven years old in Florida when my parents noticed I would repeatedly say “excuse me sorry” when there was no need for it. When I was back home they took me to a […]

One size does not fit all for addiction treatment

One size does not fit all for addiction treatment The concept of “one size fits all” is frequently used for clothing, yet we are well aware that it rarely holds true. Why? Because each person is inherently unique. If it’s widely accepted that something as basic as a t-shirt won’t fit uniformly on everyone, then […]

Cloze reading and predictability: Language in psychosis

Cloze reading and predictability: Language in psychosis Researchers have looked at using large language models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT to investigate psychosis, with predictability of speech as an especially promising area of research. In psychosis, it sometimes occurs that when a person talks, their speech is less predictable – someone might jump from topic to […]

Un cadeau pour la vie

A Gift for life Originally written in French. It all started while I was training to complete my first marathon. My father’s best friend, who had sport running through his veins, told me that what I was doing was nothing less than a gift to myself for life. That devoting part of your days to […]

Retrieving my senses

Retrieving my senses I’d like for you, here, to make a long story short, like a short film, a quick glimpse, even like a breath. My life’s been up and down, sometimes mainly up and sometimes mainly down. I like to think of myself as a survivor. I survived many crashes until I got the […]

More Than Just Words: A Story about Post-traumatic Growth

More Than Just Words: A Story about Post-traumatic Growth Over two decades ago, my family and I escaped the Bosnian genocide and fled to Germany. I quickly adopted the German language at the age of six. I was forced to mature beyond my years as I became my family’s language lifeline, often translating at doctor […]

Clinical Spotlight: Dr. Catherine Haskins

Clinical Spotlight: Dr. Catherine Haskins 1. Tell us who you are in one sentence? I am a family doctor and manager who is part therapist, part mentor, part life coach, part teacher for my patients, medical students and staff.   2. Do you have any specific interest in your field? Yes, I have an expertise […]

L’espoir des autres

The hope of others Originally written in French. The guest professor at the Université de Montréal’s 2013 Political Science Summer School and I shared a common experience in our early twenties that would leave a lasting impression. We had respectively fallen deep into American politics as we witnessed the meteoric rise of a charismatic young […]

The story of a casino

The story of a casino Twenty-five years ago, there were two groups of children. Some were poor, others were not.They all lived in a rural region, and their families agreed to talk every year to a team of researchers, for eight years in a row. The researchers meticulously recorded the mental health of these children. […]