Writing by Dana Goldman

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[…]

“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[…]

Why You Won’t See Me Quoted In A Magazine Next Month

Why You Won’t See Me Quoted In A Magazine Next Month

Last week, my email dinged with a message from a magazine writer asking for an interview. Hurrah! I thought. I love talking about therapy! But then I read closely. The writer wanted my expert tips on how parents should design their children’s rooms for optimal development, including the “right” kinds of toys. I felt my heart slowly sink back to it’sRead more about Why You Won’t See Me Quoted In A Magazine Next Month[…]

Newsflash! Self-Compassion and Self-Improvement Aren’t Enemies

Newsflash! Self-Compassion and Self-Improvement Aren’t Enemies

I’ve been thinking lots lately about everything that gets in the way of self-compassion. For most of us, it’s much easier to feel compassionate toward others — especially children — than it is to feel some gentle kindness or understanding toward ourselves. When it comes to relating to our own imperfect selves, we’re impatient and critical.Read more about Newsflash! Self-Compassion and Self-Improvement Aren’t Enemies[…]