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?
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?
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
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?
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?
Mental Health: Ask Dr. Alan – Do I have Depression?
I find myself to be sad about all the terrible situations regarding the Covid virus that I hear about on TV or read in my hometown newspaper. I've even burst into tears after reading about someone I knew, but certainly wasn't close to. Do I have depression?