Knowing that your difficult  mechanic is a man in trouble does  not take away from your responsibilities to the other guys in the  shop. | Getty Images

Changed attitude might help manage difficult employee

Q: I have a real problem. The guy in our shop who is without doubt the best mechanic we have on staff is also the biggest pain in the butt. This guy is totally self-absorbed. It is all about him. Whatever he has or does is the best, the biggest and the most impressive thing […] Read more

If you are properly assessed by both your family doctor and your psychiatric consult, some great things can be found to help you through these difficult times. | Getty Images

Feeling of abandonment requires treatment

Q: I am not sure how attractive I was when I was a young lady,but I never wanted for male attention and when I was going through any number of boyfriends I was never alone for very long. At times, I started a new relationship before I had quite finished with the old one. It […] Read more


Despite what those who advocate for marijuana use say, the truth is that the drawer filled with good research about marijuana is remarkably empty. | Getty Images

Doctor advice recommended before using pot to ease pain

Q: My wife and I are struggling with serious arthritis. It is like we have a race with each other early in the morning over who can get to the medicine cabinet first to swallow another tablet of Tylenol. Lately my son and his wife have suggested Tylenol is not the route to go. They […] Read more





Being assertive means that I have a clear idea of what I might want or need to fulfill my goals. | Getty Images

Assertiveness better response to bullies than violence

Q: Last week, our young son came home from the school playground with a bloody nose. This is not the first time this has happened. Apparently, two or three other boys in the neighbourhood are into bullying and using not only my son, but some of the other kids in the school as punching bags […] Read more


What could be more loving for a granddaughter than a snuggle with Grandma who is perfectly relaxed, loving and caring? | Getty Images

Learning to wait is a good way to become less impatient

Q: I am an impatient person. I don’t scream and shout or go on a tirade when I am upset but I let those around me know that I am less than satisfied with the way things are going. I fidget, pace, nag, breath with deep exasperation and sometimes clear my throat incessantly. Believe me, […] Read more