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Do I have obsessive-complusive disorder?

The question:


I have recently started checking and rechecking certain things, such as making sure that I’ve turned off the stove or locked the door, sometimes four or five times. Is this normal?


The answer:


Virtually all behaviours – obsessive and compulsive behaviours included – exist on a continuum of severity level, and most people will experience mild forms of most “psychological” symptoms at some point in their life.

 

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Mental health at work: revisited

(by April Scott-Clarke, Benefits Canada)   Depression and anxiety tend to affect people during their prime working years. These conditions impact cognitive, interpersonal and motivational skills—all critical elements to being productive at work. And, they are the fastest rising cause…

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Hit and run: SFU news

Clinical psychologist Joti Samra was in demand by media to talk about how a driver could flee after a fatal hit-and-run. This following the hit-and-run death of a Good Samaritan woman—and the woman she was trying to help—in Port Coquitlam…

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HIt and run accused faces nine charges

(by Kristen Thompson, Metro Vancouver)   Charges have now been laid against a 37-year-old Coquitlam man accused of running over and killing two young women on Lougheed Highway, then driving away.   Cory Sater faces nine counts including impaired driving…

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How can I get my chatty employee to quiet down?

The question:


I manage a team of about 10. One member of the team likes to dominate the conversation during meetings to the point that I can’t hear what others have to say. I suspect this person is insecure in some way.Do you have any tips on how I can get them to quiet down but not discourage them in the process?

 

The answer:


Being a manager or a leader can be a challenging role in the best of times.

 

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