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Is my Fear Normal?

December 2nd, 2008

Question:

I have a fear of all the suffering and death I see around me. I watch the news, with all the war, starvation, crime and death around us, and my thinking reels. I feel completely powerless to protect my family and myself. What do I do?

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Uncaring Husband

December 2nd, 2008

Question:

I get into crying spells and my husband blows me off. He refuses to comfort me and he hides behind the newspaper. Sometimes he ridicules me. My friends tell me to leave him but that’s not an option. What do I do with this guy??

 

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Are Antidepressants Addictive?

December 2nd, 2008

Question:

My doctor has advised me start taking an antidepressant. She tells me they are not addictive but I don’t understand how they can’t be. If you rely on a drug to be happy, isn’t that a form of dependence?

 

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What is Bipolar?

November 30th, 2008

Question:

I’ve just been told I have bipolar affective disorder. Just what does this mean?
 

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Why Can’t Depressed People Just Move On?

November 18th, 2008

Question: Why Can’t Depressed People Just Move On?

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How to Self-Motivate

November 18th, 2008

Question: OK, I’m convinced I’ll start feeling better as soon as I start doing something. In fact, I’ve always known this, and I know exactly what I would do. I would start cleaning up my place, and walking. It’s so simple, except for this: I can’t do it. I just don’t have the motivation to move off the couch. How do I get past this?

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Anxiety, Mind and Body: Breathe Easy

November 18th, 2008

Question: Why is deep breathing always advised for anxiety?

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Husband Won’t Agree to Therapy

November 18th, 2008

Question: My wife wants us to come in and see you. It’s nothing personal, you understand, but… Well, actually it IS personal! That’s just it. I keep my private stuff private, thankyouverymuch. OK in all seriousness, my objection really is that I just don’t think it can help. Already, we talk about problems and all it does is get us more entangled. The way I see it, the problem is in how we try to solve problems. She gets repetitive, I get defensive, and we go in painful circles. So when go see a therapist, this is just going to intensify. I’d rather drill my own teeth.

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The Sex Nutrition Pyramid

October 3rd, 2008

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Insurance

August 28th, 2008

Question:

Why aren’t you a “preferred provider” with my insurance company?

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