Archive: December, 2010

Do I have seasonal affective disorder?

The question: I think I have seasonal affective disorder. How do I know for sure? The answer: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), more commonly known as “the winter blues,” is a type of depression that impacts about two to three per cent of the general population. Many of us find that our mood and energy levels […]

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Dr. Samra on CFAX 1070 about holiday stress

Dr. Samra provided professional advice to callers about their holiday stress on Victoria’s CFAX 1070 radio with host Dave Dickson.

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Dr. Samra helps listeners with holiday stress on the Afternoon News with Richard Brown

(NewsTalk, CKOM/CJME/Rawlco Radio Saskatchewan)   Dr. Samra helped callers mitigate their holiday stresses on the Afternoon News with Richard Brown – a call-in radio show.

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How do I survive Christmas with my difficult family?

The question: I’m dreading seeing certain members of my family over the holidays. I wish I enjoyed spending time with them more but I end up feeling tense and uncomfortable. How can I make the best of it?   The answer: You are not alone: The holidays are one of the most stressful times of […]

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Dr. Samra interviewed on CTV about holiday stress

Dr. Samra interviewed about holiday stress by CTV’s St. John Alexander at we approach the holiday season.

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The power of thought on mitigating stress

(by Dr. Joti Samra, for Lifespeak)     We all talk about “how stressed” we are, but we are not always clear about what exactly stress is. Stress can very simply be defined as demands on us (emotional, cognitive, physical) that at any point in time exceed our resources to deal with those demands. Stress […]

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How to beat the holiday blues

(by Christine Tam , ctvbc.ca)   For many, the holiday season is the most stressful time of year. Anxiety over gift shopping, social events and even the weather can cause feelings of depression. Clinical psychologist Dr. Joti Samra says there are a number of factors that contribute to holiday induced depression. Often the combination of […]

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How do I survive my holiday work party?

The question: I’m extremely shy and worried about the upcoming holiday season and all the socializing that comes with it. Usually I skip most events but this year I can’t get out of the work holiday party. How do I cope?   The answer: Such social events can be a tremendous source of stress if […]

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The U-bend of life: Why, beyond middle age, people get happier as they get older

(The Economist, December 16, 2010) ASK people how they feel about getting older, and they will probably reply in the same vein as Maurice Chevalier: “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.” Stiffening joints, weakening muscles, fading eyesight and the clouding of memory, coupled with the modern world’s careless contempt for the […]

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Are stress-free holidays even possible?

Great food, warm drinks, relaxing family time – sounds lovely, right?   So why does this “special” time of year often turn chaotic – with last minute dashes to the mall, feuding family members, smoking ovens and out-of-control kids?   Are stress-free holidays ever really possible? Share your secrets (and horror stories) in a live […]

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Does my partner have a drinking problem?

The question:   I’m concerned about my partner’s alcohol use. How do I know if his drinking is a problem?   The answer: Misuse of alcohol is one of the biggest health concerns that affects our society. Although most Canadians drink and enjoy alcohol in moderation with minimal harm, approximately 10 per cent engage in […]

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OMNI weekly multicultural program on Chai Time

Dr. Samra was the resident psychological expert from 2008-2009 on a weekly multicultural program for the Indo-Canadian community, speaking about topics such as: Depression; Seasonal Affective Disorder; Culture Clash and Teens; Holiday Stress; New Years’ Resolutions; Anxiety/Panic Attacks; Eating Disorders; Stresses with Entering High School; Bullying; Internet Dating and Teens; Talking to Children About Gangs; […]

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Seasonal affective disorder and holiday stress

Interview with CTV with St. John Alexander.

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Avoiding Christmas party stress

(with Shane Bigham, News 1130)

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Why can’t I sleep through the night?

The question: Lately my sleep has been terrible. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep, and other times I wake up around 4 AM and can’t get back to sleep. What’s going on? The answer: First of all, you’re not the only one struggling with this. Up to one-third of the population has chronic sleep problems, […]

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Dr. Samra has co-authored a number of treatment books and resource for patients, families & clinicians.
Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace