Archive: March, 2011

My son’s making a bad life choice. Can I interfere?

The question: Our son, who was an excellent student and athlete, suddenly dropped out of university and left his summer job in order to pursue a relationship with a woman. He says he is not interested in various possibilities, and that he needs to figure out what to do in life. What should we do? […]


The science of empathy

The Science of Empathy (by Simon Baron-Cohen, The Observer) Does it upset you when you see people arguing? Do you cry at the cinema? Empathy is one of our most powerful emotions yet society has all but ignored it. Autism expert Professor Simon Baron-Cohen reveals the science behind “the world’s most valuable resource” – and […]


My dad says he’s looking for work, but he plays computer games all day

The question: My dad got laid off from work almost a year ago. He says he’s been looking for a job, but all he seems to do is play on the computer with my mom for upwards of 15 hours a day. I’m more stressed about their retirement than they are. I’m scared they’re relying […]


West coast anxiously waits for ‘the big one’

(by Luke Brocki, OpenFile) According to many seismologists, a mega earthquake is overdue to decimate the Pacific coast. While OpenFile is covering this story from many different angles today, Vancouver reporter Luke Brocki talked to a local anxiety expert about what all this bad news and constant worrying is doing to our mental health. Dr. […]


Parents, what you should – and should not – tell your kids about disasters such as the Japanese earthquake and tsunami

(by Rattan Mall, The Asian Journal)   Many parents are in a dilemma about how to explain the horrendous tragedy in Japan following a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that triggered a deadly nine-metre (30-foot) tsunami. Added to this disaster is the nuclear crisis caused by that country’s damaged nuclear power plants. With even some adults in […]


My husband’s temper is getting worse. What should I do?

The question: My husband has always been short-tempered, but he has become increasingly angry over the past few months. He takes it out on our pre-teen children – he has never gotten physical and does not swear or get otherwise verbally abusive. But he gets easily annoyed and frustrated, and will raise his voice and […]


Dr. Samra interviewed on CBC: telling your children about the earthquake in Japan

Dr. Samra interviewed on CBC’s program “All Points West” about how parents can speak to their children about what is going on in Japan with its large scale earthquake that changed the coastline forever.


Dr. Samra interviewed by CKNW about conveying the tragedy of Japan’s disaster to children

Dr. Samra interviewed by CKNW’s Simi Sara about how parents should speak to their children about the Japanese tsunami and earthquake.


How can I get over my fear of swallowing pills?

The question: I’m afraid of swallowing pills. The size and shape of the pills makes no difference; I either crush pills into food or some other suspension, or avoid taking them altogether. The avoidance strategies I have tended to use are getting harder to manage as I get older. What can I do?   The […]


Dr. Samra presents to employees at Accenture March 8, 2011

Dr. Samra provided two presentations to Accenture employees; one entitled  “Psychological Health and Wellness for Employees” and “Positive Coping with Stress” on March 8, 2011.


Dr. Samra presents “Managing Psychological Health Issues” to management at Accenture March 7, 2011

Dr. Samra presents “Managing Psychological Health Issues” to Accenture on March 7, 2011. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 246,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture […]


Dr. Samra interviewed on CBC about actor Charlie Sheen

Dr. Samra interviewed by CBC’s Rene Filippone about actor Charlie Sheen’s public breakdown and the pressures of living in the public eye.


I’m afraid my sister-in-law’s grieving process isn’t healthy

The question: My sister–in–law lost her 24 year old daughter to a tragic accident two years ago. She and her husband have had some professional help in coping but she seems unable to resume her life. I know this must be the most unimaginable loss and there is no getting over it. She sent out […]


Stressors of being a celebrity: Dr. Samra on CFAX 1070

Dr. Samra interviewed by CFAX 1070’s Murray Langdon about the stressors of being a high profile celebrity in light of actor Charlie Sheen’s public breakdown.


Dr. Samra facilitates and presents at the CHMA Bottom Line Conference, March 2-3, 2011

Dr. Samra presents “Assessing Psychological Safety in the Workplace” and facilitates panel discussion at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s annual Bottom Line conference, March 2-3, 2011.


Dr. Samra interviewed on Global National about actor Charlie Sheen

Dr. Samra interviewed by Global National’s Crystal Goomansingh for her professional opinion about actor Charlie Sheen, his public breakdown and bizarre behaviour.


Dr. Samra on hoarding: CBC’s Almanac

Dr. Samra interviewed on the CBC program “Almanac” about the psychology behind hoarding and the Vancouver Task Force to deal with the issue.


Dr. Samra presents “Effective Behaviour Change” to Exhale Yoga, Pilates and Dance Studio

Dr. Samra presents “Effective Behaviour Change” to Exhale Yoga, Pilates and Dance Studio in Vancouver, BC.


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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