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?[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Microagressions, Race, and Beloved Community

Microagressions, Race, and Beloved Community

I do a fair amount of eye rolling at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for the unsubstantial click-bait on its homepage. (Currently “Hawks to Hold Cheerleader Auditions” is front-and-center.) But I’ve been interested lately to read their Race in Atlanta series, and appreciative of the different perspectives they’ve highlighted. (For a few examples of stories, click here or here.)Read more about Microagressions, Race, and Beloved Community[…]