Writing by Dana Goldman

What Information Should Families Have If Their College-Age Kid is Depressed?

What Information Should Families Have If Their College-Age Kid is Depressed?

I read with sadness but not surprise this article about suicide on college campuses. A big question the article talks about is when and if parents should be informed if their age 18+ kid  is struggling. I’ve written before about the rise in anxiety and depression in teens and the general public. The news onRead more about What Information Should Families Have If Their College-Age Kid is Depressed?[…]

What I’m Reading: Grief, Loss, And Life After

What I’m Reading: Grief, Loss, And Life After

Grief and loss are the worst. And really it doesn’t matter whether it’s anticipatory grief (waiting for a death that you know is coming sooner rather than later), grief after an unexpected or expected loss, a collective grief (like after a school shooting) or grief involving trauma. What does matter is that grief can changeRead more about What I’m Reading: Grief, Loss, And Life After[…]

A Quick Judgment Reality Check: 2 Questions & 3 Fast Facts

A Quick Judgment Reality Check: 2 Questions & 3 Fast Facts

Let’s do a quick reality check in the form of two questions: Mentally jot down one aspect of your life that you’re worried others judging you about. (Physical appearance? Certain unwanted habits? Your status with work?) Now ask yourself this: In the last month/6 months/12 months, how many times has someone BESIDES YOURSELF explicitly judgedRead more about A Quick Judgment Reality Check: 2 Questions & 3 Fast Facts[…]

Instead of Resolutions, Try Reflections: 12 Questions to Reorient for the Coming Year

Instead of Resolutions, Try Reflections: 12 Questions to Reorient for the Coming Year

I managed to carve out two hours last week to reflect on the year that’s almost past. It can be hard for me to think about goals or even intentions for the future without such reflection. And the truth is we learn best when we can think about what’s happened and what we might doRead more about Instead of Resolutions, Try Reflections: 12 Questions to Reorient for the Coming Year[…]

What the Media Gets Wrong about Depression and Anxiety

What the Media Gets Wrong about Depression and Anxiety

Here are your instructions: Go stand on the Beltline. Hang out across the street from my therapy office at Ponce City Market. Go anywhere in Atlanta. Go to Decatur or Midtown or wherever. Look around and do this: Spot the person who’s struggling with depression, anxiety or grief.  Trick question? You betcha. I was gratefulRead more about What the Media Gets Wrong about Depression and Anxiety[…]

A Way Out of Loneliness — And It’s Link to Depression, Anxiety and Other Ailments

A Way Out of Loneliness — And It’s Link to Depression, Anxiety and Other Ailments

The research is out, and loneliness is a public health epidemic. I was struck by this story on NPR earlier this week about not just its connections to depression and anxiety, but also its link to stress and resulting physiological problems. Of particular note: about 40 percent of people experience loneliness. That means there’s a lot of peopleRead more about A Way Out of Loneliness — And It’s Link to Depression, Anxiety and Other Ailments[…]

A Counselor’s Thoughts on Anti-Depressants and Other Meds

A Counselor’s Thoughts on Anti-Depressants and Other Meds

New therapy clients often wonder where I stand about anti-depressants. Will I be pushing them? Completely against them? Chances are, your own thoughts about anti-depressants put you in one of three categories: a. You see anti-depressants as similar to other meds that you might take for medical conditions like high blood pressure, migraines, or aRead more about A Counselor’s Thoughts on Anti-Depressants and Other Meds[…]