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Ask Dr. Alan: The Dangers of Denial

Ask Dr. Alan: The Dangers of Denial

I have recently had several requests from ex-patients who would like me to write a note to their employer exempting them from wearing a mask because of anxiety, panic, or “claustrophobia.”

Ask Dr. Alan: Sleep Hygiene

Ask Dr. Alan: Sleep Hygiene

For a number of reasons, not the least of which is my concern about the pandemic, my sleep has taken a turn for the worse. Any suggestions?

Mental Health: Couples at home during the pandemic

Mental Health: Couples at home during the pandemic

Since we started this “shelter-in-place,” my husband has been driving me crazy. He’s restless, bored, anxious (although he wouldn’t admit that), and constantly wanting to be busy with activities that include me. I need some space. Help! What do I do?

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy

You have mentioned psychotherapy a few times as an option for professional assistance. But Im not sure I even understand what “psychotherapy” is and what the different psychotherapists do. Can you please enlighten me?

Ask Dr. Alan: Anger

Ask Dr. Alan: Anger

Dear Dr. Alan: You have written a few times about different aspects of depression and anxiety, and also a little about anger and meanness. Can you say more about anger? I’m seeing more anger in people than depression lately, and I assume that this is connected to the virus.

Fear and Trembling During the Pandemic

Fear and Trembling During the Pandemic

This is embarrassing, but I find myself scared and anxious about Covid. I’m afraid to leave the house, and I’ve had several anxiety attacks, worrying sick about catching the virus. Some of my friends laugh it off and think I’m overreacting. Am I overreacting? Am I just being paranoid?

Self-help techniques

Self-help techniques

You said in a previous column that there are different self-help techniques for anxiety reduction. I could use some help with my anxiety. Can you please discuss some of these?

 

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