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Depression is right coalition

  • November 20, 2010
  • Radio

(with Dr. Ellen Frank,  DepressionIsReal.org) Dr. Ellen Frank speaks with Dr. Samra on The Down and Up Show about workplace depression and the self-care guide she co-authored, Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace (November 9,…

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I think my husband may be depressed. How do I broach the subject?

The question:


My husband has been going through a difficult emotional time for several months. I suspect he may be depressed but he hasn’t brought this up himself. How can I broach the subject without pushing him away or making him defensive?

 

The answer:


Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of stigma in our society about psychological health issues. Many people initially have a hard time accepting that they may have a mood issue.

 

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How can I stave off panic attacks?

The question:


I recently had a panic attack for the first time, after a period of severe stress. It’s only happened once but now I’m worried that it could happen again. Do you have any tips on coping with panic attacks? How do I fight off stress so that it doesn’t get to that point?

 

The answer:

 

A panic (or anxiety) attack can be one of the most terrifying events a person can experience. These attacks are associated with a number of emotional and behavioural symptoms that may include:

 

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Are my DVD marathons the sign of an emotional issue?

The question:


Lately I’ve been feeling uninterested in socializing. All I want to do is stay home and have DVD marathons. I’ve been feeling like this for about two months. Should I be worried I’m no longer wanting to spend time with friends and family – which I used to enjoy?

 

The answer:


All of us can benefit from the occasional DVD marathon. It can give us time to unwind from the day-to-day grind of our lives and give us an opportunity to recharge.

 

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North of 49

  • November 5, 2010
  • TV

"Psychological Effects of Bed Bug Infestation" (November 5, 2010 with St. John Alexandar)   "North of 49: A Guide to the Rest of Your Life": Dr. Samra is a featured clinical expert on a new news/magazine show on Chek TV…

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Surviving stress

(by Stephanie Overman, Benefits Canada)   Employees who have remained on the payroll after the most recent economic downturn may be feeling the stress of decreased resources and increased burdens. Some may still even carry “survivor guilt.” Emotional strain can…

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