May 2005

How a young woman conquered depression

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My world gets cloudy. When it does, I know it's going to be a bad day.

It seems everyone around me just doesn't care. I am always alone and no one knows the way I feel. I can't think straight and I just want to put my headphones on and close the world out around me. It's morning and I just can't get up. However, I force myself to get up and go to school. Once I am there, I sit down and put my head on the desk. The teacher keeps talking during his lecture but all that I hear is, "Blah, blah, blah".

Gambling sends 'mixed messages'

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When Problem Gambling Services representative Carolyn Pickett addressed Qualicum Beach council last week, she was planning to present a message about how to avoid gambling addiction.

But council members made no bones about how they feel governments have gambling addictions of their own.

Speaking at the monthly open house meeting Wednesday, Pickett detailed how her service, sponsored by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, works to prevent gambling addiction and to provide counseling to those who do have a problem.