I have been accused by a very close friend of not properly paying attention to, or really listening to her when she speaks to me. I feel like I’m listening, but how do I convince her that I am?
Ask Dr. Alan: Guilt
Guilt, shame and conscience are related concepts, but there are differences. Our conscience is the set of values or beliefs to which we adhere.
Ask Dr. Alan: Procrastination
People often procrastinate because they’re afraid of failing at what they are attempting to finish, but it may connect with other problematic behaviors such as low self-esteem, depression, or stress.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a depressive mood disorder that re-occurs at roughly the same time each year.
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
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?
Ask Dr. Alan: More on Psychotherapy
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?
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
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.