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Job stress


These are two words that seem to go together extremely well these days and yet make the worst marriage! While I have seen many people with job related stress over the years I have been in practice, with the downturn in the economy, particularly in Ontario, in the last several years I have seen many more patients than in the past.

Stress is Everywhere

Over the course of our lives people suffer from all kinds of emotional problems. The common types of problems from which we suffer include anxiety disorders, depression, drug or alcohol abuse, job stress, and relationship stress. One shouldn’t wait until things are out of control to seek help.


Unpleasant situations, such as pressure from work, problems with relationships, or financial difficulties can produce stress. However, pleasant situations, such as vacations, a new job, or getting married can also cause stress. Stress occurs with any change.

Although stress is natural, stress can create health problems when those events that cause stress are intense, repeated, or unpredictable. …


Often when I ask a new client if he or she is anxious I get a puzzled look. I’ve come to realize that not everyone knows what this means. Anxiety comes in many shapes and sizes. Most of us know what it is like to have the “butterflies”  or “knots” in the stomach. …



Depression affects a wide segment of Canadian society. It is estimated that at any one time 5% of Canadians are depressed and that between 10% and 20% will suffer from a depressive disorder at some time in their lives. Women are more than twice as likely as men to suffer from depression.

Why can’t I Sleep?

Insomnia is very common. It affects between 15% and 30% of the population. Chronic sleep disturbance can result in excessive fatigue, exhaustion, irritability, tension, memory and concentration problems, depression, impaired performance on tasks requiring fine motor skills and attention to detail, and a general sense of unwellness.

Memory Problems

Do you have problems with short term memory and concentration? These complaints are very common among chronic pain patients. Individuals often report having problems remembering appointments, phone numbers, where they have placed various objects, what they went out to buy, the names of people, messages etc. …

Helpful Tips to Jog your Memory


1. Try to decrease extra stimulation when you are trying to concentrate. For example, turn off the television or radio when taking a telephone message or when trying to listen to a conversation. You may be able to work out that problem if the room is quiet and you are not too hot or cold.

PTSD & Your Family


PTSD has a significant impact not only on the soldier (or anyone else who is traumatized) but also the wife, partner, children, and family. Many of the symptoms experienced by the returning vet also affect the family. For example, many individuals with PTSD experience “hyperarousal”. …


Here are some links to helpful information on coping with COVID.

1. Managing stress and anxiety:

2. What to say to your children:…

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