Writing by Dana Goldman

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[…]

Blog Hodgepodge: ACE Scores, Bias, Lived Experiences, and A Radio Interview

Blog Hodgepodge: ACE Scores, Bias, Lived Experiences, and A Radio Interview

I got to talk on the radio recently about depression, suicide, and teenagers. I’m glad to continue to spread the message about adolescent mental health concerns, even though it’s always sobering to consider how mental and physical health issues can be created or exacerbated by so many preventable factors. I’m a big fan of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)Read more about Blog Hodgepodge: ACE Scores, Bias, Lived Experiences, and A Radio Interview[…]

“Adulting” Self-Care for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety

“Adulting” Self-Care for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety

So often we fall into the trap of thinking of self-care as selfish – especially when self-loathing and guilt is also present. I enjoyed this article “What Nobody Tells You About Depression” since it highlights the more practical (and sometimes painful) side of self-care that includes paying bills, making medical appointments, quitting activities that deplete or overwhelm you,Read more about “Adulting” Self-Care for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety[…]

A More Realistic (and Hilarious) Pain Scale

A More Realistic (and Hilarious) Pain Scale

I always laugh a lot at the hilarious pain scale (and explanation that creator Allie Brosh gives) on her now-inactive blog Hyperbole and a Half. Brosh is a depression survivor and her blog (and book of the same name) are often gut-splittingly on target. While our society often is more quick to recognize physical pain than emotional pain, coolRead more about A More Realistic (and Hilarious) Pain Scale[…]