Writing by Dana Goldman

Abortions: When the Political Is Personal

Abortions: When the Political Is Personal

It’s hard to turn on the news in Atlanta right now without hearing about the new anti-abortion bill that’s been passed in Georgia or anti-abortion legislation in other states like Alabama. This legislation fires up people of all beliefs and backgrounds. But it can also be triggering—if not outright re-traumatizing—to women who have made theRead more about Abortions: When the Political Is Personal[…]

Hi, I’m Dana – She/Hers/Her (Gender, Gender, Gender!)

Hi, I’m Dana – She/Hers/Her (Gender, Gender, Gender!)

I led a workshop yesterday on mental health for parents of high school seniors. Introducing myself, I said, “I’m Dana, and my pronouns are she/her/hers.” Those same pronouns are at the bottom of my email signature. Were the workshop attendees confused by my sharing of pronouns? I couldn’t tell. But for lots of reasons, sayingRead more about Hi, I’m Dana – She/Hers/Her (Gender, Gender, Gender!)[…]

Revisiting Habits, asking “How’s This Working For Me?”

Revisiting Habits, asking “How’s This Working For Me?”

A month ago I went cold turkey. No online, paper, or radio news. No social media. No falling down the internet rabbit hole. It wasn’t a particularly well-thought-out, planned-for decision. (Which defies everything we think we know about habit change – right? Conventional wisdom is that habits are easiest to change if we have aRead more about Revisiting Habits, asking “How’s This Working For Me?”[…]

The Hardest Things To Talk About Are Sometimes the Most Important

The Hardest Things To Talk About Are Sometimes the Most Important

It’s easy to circle around the hard things: Death, shame, our heart’s disappointments. They can feel too intense to name directly: abuse histories, experiences with sexual assault and harassment, death and loss, abortions and miscarriages. They hover at the edge of our consciousness, where we try to push them away and distract ourselves: the waysRead more about The Hardest Things To Talk About Are Sometimes the Most Important[…]

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[…]

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[…]