Writing by Dana Goldman

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[…]

“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[…]