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Advice From the Trenches

COVID Crazy: One reader wonders what to do about her lack of motivation

Dear C and Dr. B; I know everyone is depressed with this epidemic dragging on. With these short winter days, more restrictions, political dysfunction, etc, we are all down in the dumps. But I feel like I am more depressed than everyone else. I’m not suicidal or anything like that, but I feel such a […]

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Forgive ’em? Or Forget ’em?: What to do with Trump-loving friends?

Dear C and Dr. B; There are people in my life whom I was friends with before all the recent election fraud garbage erupted. They were supporters of the now ex-POTUS, and they were spouting such insane garbage, with such conviction, that I didn’t want to continue our friendship. During the month before the final inauguration, […]

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Stuck!: One reader wonders what to do about an unsupportive boss

Dear C and Dr. B; I am caught between a rock and a hard place, and not sure what to do. I teach at a middle school in Providence, and the disciplinary problems are pretty bad. Lots of my kids come from what I would charitably call “dysfunctional” families, with a history of criminal activity […]

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Resolve to Change?: One reader wonders if new year’s resolutions are harmful

Dear C & Dr. B; Every year, I make resolutions for the new year, usually to lose weight and stop drinking. Every year I break the resolutions after a few weeks. Last year, I decided not to make any resolutions, and I lost 5 pounds. My alcohol consumption remained about the same, but still… Now as […]

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Mom Is Making Everyone Nuts: One writer wonders how to deal with a complaint-filled family member

Dear C and Dr. B; I love my mother, but she is driving me absolutely nuts. She wants my help but then doesn’t let me help her. She also makes everything about her, even COVID – you’d think it was a personal plot against her. She complains she is lonely but then refuses to go […]

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What if the Norm Doesn’t Work?: One reader wonders if it’s her or her culture

Dear C and Dr. B; I was having a difficult time with dating and thought my own expectations were the problem … until I visited a friend living across the world, and saw how differently relationships are regarded there. They have a strong sense of family, but as far as everything else – it seems […]

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