Dr. Robert Bernard Pereira of Ladner received his medical degree from UBC in 1990. A certificant of the Canadian College of Family Physicians, he has completed two years of postgraduate medical training in UBC's Department of Health Care and Epidemiology. He practices family medicine in Surrey prior to having an addiction and mental health practice in Surrey and downtown Vancouver. He collects rare Indian artifacts related to the gods and myths of India. He is the author of Faces of Dual Diagnosis: A Canadian Perspective (Victoria: Agio Publishing 2012).

According to publicity materials: "Studies reveal that about 1 in every 350 people (approximately 90,000 Canadians) are affected by both mental health problems and addictions - a condition referred to as "dual diagnosis" or DD. Although the impacts on society are considerable - on our health system's resources; on our legal and social welfare programs; on employers, friends, neighbours and family; and on the individual him or herself - remarkably little has been written in the popular media about this widespread problem. There is also inadequate awareness and training within the health, legal and social welfare systems, contends Robert B. Pereira, who specializes in treatment of DD clients. In his new book, Faces of Dual Diagnosis: A Canadian Perspective, Dr. Pereira explains the various types of mental illnesses and addictions which typically are found in DD. He discusses treatment regimes and offers case studies, based on real patient profiles, to demonstrate his contention that the most successful approach includes a holistic examination and treatment of the client's mental, physical and spiritual health. Dr. Pereira discusses his own life path and then presents a case for the creation of a Canadian Centre for Policy Research on Dual Diagnosis. Dozens of DD-related resources are listed in the book's appendix."


Faces of Dual Diagnosis: A Canadian Perspective (Victoria: Agio Publishing House, 2012) 160 pp., laminated hardcover, $24.00, ISBN 978-1-897435-52-6.

[BCBW 2012]