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Ask Dr. Alan: The Dangers of Denial
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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.”

Mental Health: Couples at home during the pandemic
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?

Ask Dr. Alan: More About Change
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Ask Dr. Alan: More About Change

Your article on Change was very interesting, but I find it difficult, if not impossible, to make certain changes. Is there a technique for accomplishing necessary changes?

Ask Dr. Alan: Unintentional meanness?
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Ask Dr. Alan: Unintentional meanness?

A long term friend has lately become mean-spirited. Many of his friends agree and some have even told him he’s being mean. We all think the lockdown has affected him. He is very social and is probably feeling the distancing more than others. How do we deal with him? Do we write him off or confront him?