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Sweden calling

Sweden is close to Finland, geographically and culturally. The countries share a long common history, and nowadays the societies are similar in many regards, both being Nordic welfare countries. Despite this, in my field we have had astonishingly little exchanges. I have now, past month, done my best to remedy the lack of co-operation! Firstly,…

Some magic ahead

Not “tired but happy”, but happy and inspired: EFCAP Finland’s continuous professional education meeting successfully completed. Our topic this time was Adolescent immigrants as victims and perpetrators of crime. (www.efcap.fi ) This is most topical right now. Last year, as our share of the vastly increased numbers of asylum seekers, Finland faced a wave of…

Boxing bags versus mindfulness

I was invited to give a lecture on aggressive behaviours in children and adolescents. This is of course a topic we are constantly thinking about in our adolescent forensic unit, and I also focus a lot on it in my research work. I have a lot of material to share, so I set out to…

Where should s/he be?

Where should such an adolescent be who is mainly truant from school and a threatening bully when present, acts violently, runs away, uses alcohol and whatever substances, has sex with adult partners? Add that this kid self-mutilates and overdoses? Threatens with suicide but belittles the threats when offered treatment? Steals, participates in fights, is suspected…

Why should you become an adolescent psychiatrist?

In the board of Division of Psychiatry we discussed today about recruitment. How could we improve recruitment of young doctors to psychiatry? I of course specify: to adolescent psychiatry. Myself I decided quite an early phase of my career that psychiatry will be my choice. I had really been thinking about orthopedics… not that I…

Only rights, not responsibilities?

In the EFCAP congress in Porto (www.efcap2016.com), a lot of attention was dedicated to neurobiological deficits in children and adolescents with conduct disorder. Callous-unemotional personality traits already in childhood have for quite some time been associated with violent behaviours in childhood, adolescence and in adulthood, and it has been shown that conduct disordered kids with…

Cats, rats and summer swimming season

Unbelievable, but suddenly it is spring and only ten more days to the EFCAP congress in Porto. I am really looking forward to both the scientific program and of course also to visit Porto, where I have not been before. My team and I shall have an opportunity to discuss our work in the adolescent…

Work anniversaries

These days I have been reminded of my career milestones when people congratulated me in LInkedIn for my work anniversary: in the beginning of March 2009 I started to work as acting professor of adolescent psychiatry in University of Tampere, to be formally nominated in the position only a month later. This has been a…

Winter swimming and other pleasures

Winter swimming and other pleasures

The new year has had a good start with extremely beautiful winter weather. The negative side of this is that it is unbelievable cold in our hospital. I really need gloves to be able to write in my office. Fortunately I now have a suitable pair! They leave to fingertips uncovered so that browsing papers…

White Christmas in my mind

The night before Christmas Eve, I have just completed my responsibilities as an assistant of Santa Claus. I recently saw a video clip claiming the Santa Claus now travels with Finnair, and the reindeers are busy learning new professions. But I am convinced that they will arrive across the skies as always, with magic, not…