This illustrated book for school-aged children provides, through touching story, clinically sound and age-appropriate information for children, giving them clear answers to frequently asked questions about the borderline personality disorder of a parent, and suggesting ways to cope with the situations. Through analogies of weather patterns, the book describes two days in the chaotic life of David and Mary. Psychoeducational comments are provided throughout the book by a “weather wiz” who explains, in a simple manner, to both the characters and readers, the mother’s sometimes strange behaviors that can be challenging to comprehend. The wonderful illustrations help with the understanding, and lighten the story with humor. This book will help teach children to take some distance, to better understand what is happening at home and how not to feel responsible for their parents’ stormy times.
Ronald Fraser, MD, RCPC, is a notable authority in addictions and personality disorders, with active clinical practices in both Quebec and Nova Scotia. Dr. Fraser graduated from Dalhousie University in 1987, with a BA with Honors in Philosophy, with minors in History and English. He obtained his medical degree at Dalhousie University in 1995, and graduated as his class’ valedictorian. He completed his Psychiatry Residency (2000) and his Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship (2001) at McGillUniversity. Dr. Fraser is Director of the Extended Care Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic, and the Inpatient Detoxification Service at the McGill University Health Centre. He is a consulting psychiatrist for the Addictions Program of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. From 2010-13, he was the Clinical Academic Leader for Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services for the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He serves as an examiner for the Royal College Examination Board in Psychiatry, and as a member of the Board of Directors of CSAM (Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine). Dr. Fraser is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McGill and at Dalhousie Universities. Dr. Fraser has received numerous awards and recognition, including being named to the Honour List for Educational Excellence at the McGill Faculty of Medicine (2008), and an Award for Best Teacher in the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University (2011). In 2010, his BPD team won a MUHC Director General’s Award. In 2011, his team at the MUHC Addictions Unit won the National Award for Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programming given by the Kaiser Foundation. Dr. Fraser was recently honoured by the Canadian Psychiatric Association with the 2015 C.A. Roberts Award for Clinical Leadership and Innovation for his work in establishing evidence based addictions programing as well as a specialized BPD treatment program in Nova Scotia. Dr. Fraser has published, presented, and taught on a wide variety of subjects in psychiatry. He lectures extensively on substance misuse, concurrent disorders and personality disorders. His expertise has proven beneficial in two provincial Supreme Court cases (2009 and 2010), and as an expert witness for a RAMQ ruling (2008).