Alive & Awake

Welcome to the alive&awake website!   Here's my take on our theme for November & December, The Final Chapter. Make sure you check all 4 new blogs below...

It was 3 years ago this month that we launched this newsletter and website, and it has been such a privilege to provide a forum for so many generous and knowledgeable experts and laypeople alike to share their wisdom and wit. As you know, mental health is an issue near and dear to me, and alive&awake has been an opportunity for me to learn and grow along with you, and to share the music that inspired the newsletter.

alive&awake was a 3-CD journey of hope and healing, and it has now come to an end. Subscribers received a free music download from my albums each month, as my contribution to your wellness journey. This will be the last issue of the newsletter as a forum focused on mental health as I move on to other projects. I will of course continue in my advocacy work with mental health alongside my creative work with music. I am so grateful to have experienced this great resource with all of you, and I will  stay connected with you about my upcoming projects.

In this issue, we complete the newsletter and the year with the same high quality you’ve come to expect from our bloggers. I want to thank Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in particular for their generous partnership. Every month, one of 10 of their busy psychiatrists dispensed sound advice and leading-edge information to our readers. It seems fitting that the last word would come from Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Dr. Ari Zaretsky. 

As Dr. Zaretsky shares a variety of challenges and solutions in dealing with upcoming holiday stress, Dr. Barry Taylor focuses specifically on natural solutions for those creeping blues that come up as the days get shorter. I’ve also contributed a blog on dealing with both the loss of a loved one and appreciating those still with us, and our editor and regular contributor, Terri Catlin, wraps up with a thoughtful and fitting piece on the value of being true to oneself.

Thank you for being a part of this final chapter, and may you continue on the wellness path.


To your health, with love,

28th Dec 2014

New Directions in Psychiatry

By Dr. Anthony Levitt For decades, researchers and clinicians have been pre-occupied with the notion of depression resulting from a “chemical imbalance” in the central nervous system. This is an...

28th Dec 2014

Dancing Beyond the Holidays

By Sarina Condello, PhD When was the last time you pulled out your dancing shoes for the sake of letting go and just dancing? Most of the time when we...

28th Dec 2014

When Children Ask

By Tallie Rabin-Claassen I am often asked by clients or other parent-friends, “My son/daughter asked me “X” the other day. How do I know when it’s right to talk to...

28th Dec 2014

Some Assembly Required

By Rev. Glen Eagle By the time you read this article, the holidays will be over. Some things will remain, some won’t. Among those that don’t remain are the batteries...

05th Dec 2014

Bipolar Offspring

By Dr. Ben Goldstein Heather is a 51-year-old mother of a 13 year-old daughter, Alex, and a 17 year-old son, Justin. After almost 10 years battling anxiety and depression, interspersed...

05th Dec 2014

Food Additives

By Rose Reisman Food additives have been used for centuries to improve the appearance, flavour and texture of food, as well as extending its shelf life. There are over 300...

05th Dec 2014

Rushing into Relationships

By Sariel Beckenstein In early November of 2013, I got a call from Sharon, a woman in her early 40s. She had never married, but experienced many short-term relationships. After...

05th Dec 2014

Moving Pictures™ – A Review of Love Actually

By Terri Catlin A director friend once told me that observing people at an airport is like watching a Chekhov play. If you’ve never noticed the heightened emotion of everyday...

05th Nov 2014

More Than Memory Loss

By Dr. Krista L. Lanctôt While most people think of Alzheimer’s disease as being a memory problem, this condition is also associated with a host of other symptoms not strictly...

05th Nov 2014

Manage Your Stress With Better Food

By Dr. Barry Taylor Eating too much sugar, alcohol, and white flour, as well as missing meals, all dramatically use up your B vitamins and calcium and negatively affect important...