Writing by Dana Goldman

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[…]

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 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[…]