Pandemic Fatigue: One writer finds herself lost in a fog
Dear C and Dr. B; When the pandemic began and we were all in lockdown, I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish – cleaning out the front porch, reading, learning Spanish … everything I couldn’t deal with because of general lack of time. But as the pandemic wears on, I find myself […]
A Helping Hand: When thoughts turn dark
Dear C and Dr. B; Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve been having a hard time keeping it together. Knowing that nearly everyone is suffering hardships makes it easier to get through. But as the situation wears on, my sense of connection to the world feels like it’s slipping. With no idea what the […]
Medicate to the Fast Track?: A reader wonders if that high-powered job is right for her
Dear C and Dr. B; I used to work in a corporate position that involved managing many people. The job left me stressed out and I had a hard time keeping up. I got depressed, anxious and sought professional help on the urging of my parents and family. I was placed on Adderall and everything […]
Antidepressant Anxiety: One reader wonders if medications are prescribed properly
Dear C and Dr. B, Twenty-five years ago my marriage crashed and burned, leaving me in a deep state of depression. A therapist put me in contact with a psychiatrist who, after trying a few medications and tweaking dosages, prescribed 50mg a day of Zoloft. My PCP (primary care doctor) continued to prescribe Zoloft over […]
Conspiracy Curt: One writer’s husband is following QAnon — what should she do?
Dear C and Dr. B; I am becoming concerned. My husband, who is an otherwise sane man, is beginning to follow QAnon and spend a lot of time on the internet following their posts on social media. How does an internet-driven conspiracy theory like that get attention and followers? It is seriously crazy stuff. For […]
Feeling Guilty: She had a bad relationship with her mom; how should she move on?
Dear C and Dr. B; I lost my mom as a teen and it’s still bothering me. But it’s not because I miss her so much, or because we had such a good relationship – it’s more because we didn’t. I was really awful when I was a teenager and I feel really crappy about […]
How to Make Real Change: Advice givers square off
Dear C and Dr. B; I went to a therapist because I had longstanding problems in my marriage. My therapist and I could agree that there were conflicts that might never be resolved. My husband was emotionally abusive – he refused to come to therapy with me and would just get up and walk out […]
Hooked on Hannah: She’s bad, but so good!
Dear C and Dr B; My girlfriend Hannah is smart and beautiful, but very distracting. She drinks a lot and probably smokes too much weed; she’s kind of crazy in a way. She has no interest in school. I realize she is not a good influence on me – I’m a top student, and my […]
Mask Shaming: Some people have valid excuses not to mask up, don’t they?
Dear C and Dr. B; This happened to someone in my family, so I think this is something the mask shamers need to know. Hey, remember that woman you shamed in the grocery store today because she wasn’t wearing a mask? That was my sister. She already feels enough shame because she was raped. Having […]
Advice from the Trenches: Do the discriminated against discriminate?
Dear C and Dr. B; Issues of racism and discrimination are all over the news. Right now, Black Lives Matter is at the top of the list and people are getting fired and called out for anything that implies a personal racist attitude. Before that, the #MeToo movement went after men for discrimination and abuse […]