CrossCurrents - The Journal of Addiction and Mental Health

CrossCurrent - The Journal of Addiction and Mental Health is a newspaper specializing in Psychology topics.


Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring

Note from the Editor
This issue of CrossCurrents has been a long time coming, but as the old saw says, leave the best for last-meaning Volume 16, Number 2 is our final issue. What you see here is the fourth incarnation of a publication that began with the title Journal,...
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A View from CAMH
I am saddened that this is the last issue of CrossCurrents, which has been a vital manifestation of CAMH's commitment to communicate with a wide audience about mental health and addiction issues from a range of perspectives, including consumers, families,...
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Gambling, Seniors, Complexity and Vulnerability
In the past, whenever I saw a casino-branded van driving into a retirement centre, my immediate reaction was either anger (re: the casino) or sympathy (re: the passengers). Visceral or emotional responses can reflect ethically sound commitments or...
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What's the Pay off? at the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, It's Considerable
The opportunity to gamble in Ontario is growing, with plans for casino expansion and an online gambling site in the works. At the same time, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has made a commitment to problem gambling as a strategic...
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Rich Man, Poor Man: How Arnie Wexler and Sheila, His Wife of 52 Years, Rode out His Compulsive Gambling and Beat the House
Arnie Wexler's gambling began innocently enough. At the age of seven or eight, he would shoot marbles, pitch pennies and flip baseball cards outside his Brooklyn home with his neighbourhood pals. The stakes then were low--a few pennies, maybe nickels...
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Gambling's: Crack Cocaine: Like Substance Addictions, Video Lottery Terminals Lure in Victims and Hold Them Tight
In the 2009 documentary Playing the Machines, Sherry Rhyno of Halifax quietly talks about the day that she unknowingly kissed her husband, Garnet, goodbye for the very last time before she left for work. After he dropped their children at the babysitter's...
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My Name Is Lisa A.: From Not Wanting to Stop, to Wishing She Could Die, Lisa Tells the Story of Her Gambling Addiction
My name is Lisa A. and I am a compulsive gambler. I never thought I would introduce myself that way, but here I am, 33 years old. My first meeting of Gambler's Anonymous was Thursday, September 9, 2010. Part I: Early days, deceitful plays I began...
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There's an App for That! for Someone Fighting the Itch to Place a Bet, It's like Having Access to Help on Speed Dial
In response to the explosion of online and mobile gambling sites, e-health developers are providing more options in the same medium for individuals looking for gambling help. Today, there is a handful of problem gambling help applications (apps) available...
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Q&A with Dr. David McKeown, the City of Toronto's Medical Officer of Health
According to Dr. David McKeown, the City of Toronto's medical officer of hearth, the public health impacts of gambling are far-reaching and serious. Dr. McKeown headed up a technical report about the impact of problem gambling, which was requested...
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First Person Accounts of Mental Illness and Recovery: Case Examples of Living with a Mental Disorder
First Person Accounts of Mental illness and Recovery: Case Examples of Living with a Mental Disorder. Craig Winston LeCroy and Jane Holschuh, editors. Wiley, 2012, 516 pp., $55 paper [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] First Person Accounts of Mental illness...
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Thinkin' Drinkin" from the Teen Years Forward: A Rational, Safe, Worry-Free Approach to Lifetime Alcohol Use or Abstinence
Thinkin' Drinkin" from the Teen Years Forward: A Rational, Safe, Worry-Free Approach to Lifetime Alcohol Use or Abstinence. Richard W.Thatcher. Balboa Press, 2011, 224 pp., $20.99 paper. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Thinkin' Drinkin' from the Teen...
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Really? Kick Any Habit?
Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction: Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Hoarding, Smoking, Sex, & Porn. Christopher Kennedy Lawford. BenBella Books, 2012, 352 pp., $26.95 hardcover. [ILLUSTRATION...
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Schizophrenia from the Inside: A Brave, Rare Find: A Mother Reviews Schizophrenia: A Blueprint for Recovery
Schizophrenia: A Blueprint for Recovery. Milt Greek. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012 (revised edition), 192 pp., $14.99 paper. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Schizophrenia is a baffling, devastating illness. When it strikes a family...
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