Archive: August, 2011

We text, email and flirt daily – but is it anything?

The question: I’m a 33-year–old woman, and I am smitten with a man. The problem is, he told mutual friends a month ago that he wasn’t interested in a relationship – but we email, text and flirt almost daily. We have so much in common and I feel challenged. Am I an idiot to let […]

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InOneVoice: a pledge to support mental health

The Mindcheck website was created in order to assist young people to identify and understand mental distress they may be experiencing and to link them to sources of help that will enable them to learn skills and strategies to manage these problems. Being able to recognize early signs and finding ways to deal with them increases the chances of better long-term […]

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Understanding pain: what to do about it in less than five minutes

New evidence based approaches to chronic pain management.     To view at source, click here.

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My wife is depressed but refuses to see a therapist. What can I do?

The question: My wife is fundamentally against the idea of counseling – she’s depressed, unsatisfied with life and has serious body image issues. But I think she needs to see an expert. How can I convince her it’s a good idea? The answer: It can frustrating and saddening for any of us to see someone […]

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Dr. Samra interviewed by The Province’s John Colebourne on our attraction to scary rides

Dr. Samra interviewed by John Colebourne at The Province about the PNE  and our attraction to rides – the scarier, the better.

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Scary rides appeal to beastly side; science says paying to be afraid unleashes positive, energetic, happy feelings

(by Sarah Douziech, The Province)   Jeff Hutton and his 10-year-old sister Jamie are hurtled around the curves and drops of the PNE’s historic wooden roller-coaster at 60 kilometres per hour Monday.   Blood-curdling screams punctuate the constant, deep rumble of the cars on the winding track.   “It’s exhilarating,” says Hutton, 23.  

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Dr. Samra comments on decision fatigue: Global National

Dr. Samra interviewed by Global National’s Mike Le Couteur about decision fatigue, specifically about this New York Times article (21 August 2011).   Excerpt from NY Times article:   “Even the wisest people won’t make good choices when they’re not rested and their glucose is low,” Baumeister points out. That’s why the truly wise don’t […]

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Old PNE roller coaster still grips riders with fear

(by Sarah Douziech. The Province)   Jeff Hutton is smiling and giddy after experiencing one of the fair’s scariest, longest-running and slightly rickety-looking rides.   “It’s exhilarating,” Hutton, 23, says.   Minutes earlier Hutton and his 10-year-old sister Jamie were being hurtled around the curves and drops of the historic wooden roller-coaster at 60 km/h. […]

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20 quotes on dealing with button-pushers

(by Dr. Stephanie Sarkis in Here, There and Everywhere) Use these quotes to diffuse button-pushing effects. We all know the type.  The people that seem to instinctively know just how to irritate and anger us.   Everyone has buttons that get pushed, and everyone has at least one button-pusher in his or her life.  Read on […]

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TV show challenges family to boost wealth

TV show challenges families to boost wealth: Fiscal overhaul awaits BC town’s families (by Mike Hager, Calgary Herald, August 21, 2011)   Can a group of 100 families band together to buck the economic trend and increase its collective net worth by $1 million in just 10 weeks?   A new reality show titled Million […]

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My psychologist isn’t helping. Does therapy work for everyone?

The question: I’ve been seeing a therapist for 8 months. I’m unhappy with my life and feel like I’m not the best mother I could be. The thing is, I don’t feel like therapy is helping at all. My situation and my outlook hasn’t improved. Do I just need to be patient? Or does seeing […]

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Dr. Samra interviewed on CTV about depression amongst young athletes and suicide of Canuck Rick Rypien

Dr. Samra interviewed by CTV’s Maria Weisberger about depression among athletes and the suicide of a young Canadian hockey player and Vancouver Canuck, Rick Rypien on August 15, 2011. Ryan’s death was preceded by a history of clinical depression which included two leaves of absence from the Canucks during his career.

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Dr. Samra interviewed by CTV about depression among atheletes

Aug 17, 2011 CTV Maria Weisberger Depression among athletes & suicide of young hockey player

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Depression and death of Vancouver Canucks’ player Rick Rypien

Dr. Samra is interviewed by Maria Weisberger (CTV) about the signs and symptoms of depression, following the tragic and untimely death of Vancouver Canucks’ Player Rick Rypien.

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Do you suffer from decision fatigue?

(by John Tierney, The New York Times) Three men doing time in Israeli prisons recently appeared before a parole board consisting of a judge, a criminologist and a social worker. The three prisoners had completed at least two-thirds of their sentences, but the parole board granted freedom to only one of them. Guess which one: […]

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TV show brings out crowds

TV show brings out crowds (by Heather Colpitts, Langley Advance, August 16, 2011)   A couple hundred Aldergrove residents spent their Monday evening finding out what’s involved in making a television show.   The makers of Million Dollar Neighbourhood have started production and assembled a crowd near Aldergrove Athletic Park to wave placards and cheer […]

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e-cards focus on STIs

(by John Kurucz, Coquitlam Now)   The BC Centre for Disease Control has rolled out an impersonal way of communicating what could be a very personal problem.   The provincial organization launched an online e-card service Monday that lets anyone in B.C. inform their sexual partners that they may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection […]

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I’m addicted to my Smartphone. Help!

The question: I think I’m honestly addicted to my Smartphone. Why do I check my work email all the time – even when I’m out with friends? How can I stop? The answer: What a great question! I’m happy to give you some tips. Just give me a minute – a few urgent texts just […]

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“Million Dollar Neighbourhood” Filming in Aldergrove: MDN kickoff event announcement

Hello Aldergrove! The Oprah Winfrey Network is filming in your area and we want YOU to be there!   Click HERE for Premier Flyer.   Please see the attached flyer for details on our Premiere Kickoff Event on Monday, August 15th.   PLEASE CONFIRM by Thursday, August 11th how many adults and how many children […]

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Finances go under scrutiny: The TV producers who put Taylor, B.C. on a diet will put Aldergrove on a financial diet in a new show

Finances go under scrutiny: The TV producers who put Taylor, BC on a diet will put Aldergrove on a financial diet in a new show (by Mike Hager, Langley Advance,  August 11, 2011) Can a group of 100 Aldergrove, B.C. families band together to buck the economic trend and increase its collective net worth by […]

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