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Dr. Dan Gottlieb wrote a weekly mental-health column, On Healing, for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 15 years. He has decided to take a break from writing his column, but you can view the entire archive collection here.
Dear Dan, My daughter died three years ago of the lung disease mesothelioma at age 38. She had suffered from depression, panic, and anxiety from a very young age. When she
Dear Dan, Are some people truly beyond hope or help? My inclination is, yes, there are individuals that are beyond hope, but I am wondering what your experience tells you.
Her real name is Yu-Chen, but everyone calls her Yo-Yo. I don’t quite know what that means in Mandarin, but it seems like a perfect nickname for this 15-year-old girl
Several months ago I received an e-mail from Chou Chin-Haur, founder of the Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation in Taiwan. He told me I had been selected as one
Dear Dan, I have two children, both in their 30s. Ten years ago I came to the realization that my sexual orientation was not compatible with my long-term heterosexual
Since depression affects 20 percent of the population, this illness probably touches most of us. So what can we do when a loved one is depressed and refusing treatment? The
I’ve been interested in resilience since I became a quadriplegic 30 years ago. When I went through rehab, many of us were depressed, but some went home and vegetated,
Since my last column and Web chat on parents and their adult children, I have been flooded with e-mails. So I have decided to revisit this topic from a couple of different
Early on, most children realize something about death. Often it’s the passing of a grandparent or a family pet. But pretty soon children figure out their parents could
This week’s letter raises an issue we can all relate to: critical self-judgment. Tomorrow’s Web chat will be about how to deal with it. My guest will be Michael
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