Archive: December, 2012

I hate New Year’s resolutions!

The question:   New Year’s always makes me anxious. All this talk of resolutions, starting fresh and getting everything done – why? Between problems with my marriage, children and work, I know I have a lot to figure out – but New Year’s just gives everyone I know a chance to ask insensitive questions about […]

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Dr. Samra interviewed by Joanne Abshire, News1130, about post-holiday blues

VANCOUVER, BC (NEWS1130) – It’s a problem that does exist and you need to be careful not to fall into it according to Psychologist Dr. Joti Samra.   She says there are things you can do to help yourself from creeping into the slump. “Really just be mindful of basic self care, I always say […]

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Dr. Samra interviewed by Chris Corday, CBC, about declining job satisfaction for ICBC employees

Dr. Joti Samra comments on a new survey showing ICBC employees’ job satisfaction has plummeted in the past year. Only one-third of employees (33%) report being satisfied with their jobs, down from more than 54% reporting satisfaction just last Christmas.  

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My mother died last Christmas. How do I even celebrate this year?

The question:   My family loves the holidays. But last year, my mother passed away around this time, which was an incredibly sad time for everyone. I took it especially hard. Now that it’s a year later, there’s a weird feeling in the air, for me at least, that the holidays won’t be the same […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by St. John Alexander on CTV on the 6pm news about the psychology of pedestrians and drivers and the number of recent accidents in Metro Vandcouver

Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by St. John Alexander, CTV on 6 o’clock news talking about the psychology of pedistrians and drivers in light of record high numbers of pedestrian/vehicle accidents in Metro Vancouver.

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Dr. Joti Samra on CTV Morning Live talking with Aamer Haleem about how to stave off stress through the holidays leading up to Christmas

Dr. Joti Samra talks to Aamer Haleem with CTV Morning Live about how to stave off stress through the holidays leading up to Christmas, such as what is the worst kinds of stress people deal with at this time of year.  Also, how to take the pressure off when there is so much to do, […]

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Dr. Joti Samra Interviewed on CTV Morning Live with Aamer Haleem on tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut that took 27 lives

Dr. Joti Samra speaks with Aamer Haleem on CTV Morning Live about the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, that took 27 lives, including 20 young children.   The shocking shooting incident last week has prompted many schools in Metro Vancouver to send out messages to parents on how they can help […]

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Christmas is more fun with my fiancé’s family. What do I tell mine?

The question: I’m engaged to someone who I only met a year ago and I’m ashamed to admit this: I loved spending last Christmas with his family more than I ever liked it with mine. My family doesn’t fight, argue or hate each other; I just don’t think we are very festive. His family loves […]

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Dr. Joti Samra interviewed by Guest Host Mike Smyth on The Bill Good Show, CKNW Radio Vancouver, about Premier Christy Clark’s declining appeal amongst women

(with Mike Smyth on The Bill Good Show, CKNW AM980)   Dr. Samra is interviewed by Mike Smyth on the Bill Good Show, CKNW Radio Vancouver, about Premier Christy Clark’s declining appeal among women voters.

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Employer Guide for Compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

(Employer Guide for Compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act)   The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires group health plans that cover more than 50 employees and offers mental health and/or substance use disorders coverage to have parity between mental health and substance us disorder benefits and […]

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My ex-wife has the kids for Christmas this year. What do I do?

The question:   I divorced my wife earlier this year. We had been married nine years and have two young children, but it just wasn’t working out. We agreed she gets to have the children this Christmas. But there’s honestly nothing I loved more than Christmas morning with my children. I’m not looking forward to […]

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Million Dollar Neighbourhood, Season 2 Premieres on Sunday January 6, 2013 at 8pm EST on “Oprah Winfrey Network” (Canada)

The second season of Million Dollar Neighbourhood launches on Sunday, January 6 at 8 p.m. ET, on Corus Entertainments’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), this year featuring the financially struggling residents of Bowmanville, Ontario, who have just 10 weeks to increase their collective net worth by $1 million dollars.  With the help of new host, […]

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Court orders human rights hearing for man kicked out of store for wearing hood

(Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun)   A depressed man who was kicked out of a Surrey Shoppers Drug Mart for refusing to pull down his hood while getting a prescription deserves to have his human rights complaint heard, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled.   The judge reversed an August 2011 B.C. Human Rights Tribunal […]

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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