September 1996

Understanding postpartum depression

Beyond the Baby Blues: Understanding postpartum depression

By Katharine Partridge

An emotional addiction (Video lottery terminals)

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The introduction of video lottery terminals (VLTs) to Ontario this fall has generated mixed emotions. The predicted windfall for the government ranges from $260 million to $550 million a year. Proceeds will also go to charities and site owners, and two per cent of government revenues are slated to fund gambling addiction prevention, treatment and research. But in western provinces, VLTs account for the majority of problems among people in treatment for compulsive gambling.

Here, four people with VLT addictions describe how their problems began. All names have been changed