Archive: January, 2013

My friend has anger issues. How can I get her to change?

The question:   I have a close friend I’ve known for 20 years who still can’t control her temper. Once or twice a year she completely loses it – yelling, screaming at me, an adult version of what you expect from a four-year-old’s tantrum. Later she’s ashamed and mortified. What can she do? What can […]


A Beautiful Mind with Dr. Joti Samra

(by Crystal Jensen, Beauty Blogger at   Dr. Joti Samra is an innovator in the area of psychological health and wellness. She is a leader in the conceptualization and communication of psychological health issues and the creation of related treatment manuals, clinical tools, and training resources. Dr. Samra is a passionate advocate for organizational […]


My husband always gets night terrors and hits me. What do I do?

The question:   My spouse has night terrors. He frequently yells out in the night, often profanities, and thrashes around wildly. What could be causing this?   The answer:   Night terrors – also known as sleep terrors – are intense nightmares that can occur recurrently. Up to 6 per cent of children will experience […]


Dr. Samra speaks to Sonia Sunger, Global TV, about reactions to artist’s image gone viral

Amateur artist Rosea Lake — an 18-year-old illustration student at Vancouver’s Capilano University — posted the image on her Tumblr page under the headline “Judgements”.   Within days, the image had gone viral, attracting more than 270,000 comments from around the world.   Lake shot the picture as part of a high school project last […]


I’m depressed, but my family needs me. How do I get help?

The question:   I think I’m severely depressed. I’ve never seen anyone professionally about it because of family issues. My eldest daughter is already getting help for her depression. And my younger children are having a hard time dealing with my divorce. And we are not doing that well financially. I try to be the […]


Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace Standard Released

Dr. Samra sat on the Technical Committee that spent the last several years developing the Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard.   CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace is a voluntary standard intended to provide systematic guidelines for Canadian employers that will help enable them to develop and continuously improve […]


Dr. Joti Samra on Global noon today talking about hoarding behaviours

  Officers were called to a home around 8:15 last night after a family member called because they were concerned about the man because they hadn’t heard from him in 2 days.   Officers, ambulance and fire responded and managed to achieve voice contact but they couldn’t get into the house because of the hoarding. […]


I fought with my daughter over the holidays. How do I say sorry?

The question:   I had a huge fight with my daughter. She had only moved out last September to go to university in another province, and was home for the holidays. She hasn’t had a great first semester, and perhaps we were being a bit too critical of her while she was here. We ended […]


Dr. Joti Samra talks to ‘News 1130’s’ Joanne Abshire on the return of the NHL and the impact it may have on couples’ relationships

(Joanne Abshire, News 1130)   VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – With the NHL lockout ending, some non-hockey fans in relationships may be worried about losing their partner to the sport.   People who have a die-hard Canucks fans in their life, but personally could care less about the team, can expect to have more free time.   […]


After Aldergrove, B.C., now Bowmanville, Ontario, vies to be next ‘Million Dollar Neighbourhood’ on Oprah Winfrey Network

THE second season of Million Dollar Neighbourhood launches on Sunday, January 6 at 8 p.m. ET, on Corus Entertainment’s OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), 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, personal financial […]


Dr. Samra interviewed by Norma Reid, CTV Morning Live, on making New Year’s resolutions that stick

With each new year comes a time to reflect on the past and change what we don’t like about ourselves for the future.  We all know how easy it is to make those resolutions and how hard it is to keep them.  Clinical psychologist Dr. Joti Samra spoke about how you can make effective resolutions […]


Tips for managing holiday debt by Dr. Joti Samra, host, OWN’s ‘Million Dollar Neighbourhood’

1. Identify your beliefs, assumptions and expectations around the holidays: and challenge them.   Start by articulating your beliefs and assumptions around the holiday season.  Be honest with yourself.  Do you think you have to buy your family or friends expensive gifts for them to know how much you love them?  Do you worry your […]


I’m still haunted by the Sandy Hook shootings. What do I do?

The question:   It’s been weeks since the Sandy Hook shootings. I was most worried about how to handle the feelings and reaction of my own seven-year-old son to the event. But now that he’s had the holidays to distract himself from all the adult talk, I realize that I’m more traumatized than I thought. […]


Bowmanville Goes Back in the Black as the Next ‘Million Dollar Neighbourhood’

(Aaron Broverman,   Bowmanville was an Ontario community hit hard by the recession. Families there used to make their bones in cars and other heavy industries, but when those opportunities dried up in the town, so did their jobs.   This population of over 4, 300, just an hour outside of Toronto, faced record […]

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