Three Ideas on How To Cope With The Loneliness of Loss

You get divorced and people ask for a few weeks how you’re doing. Your dad suddenly dies and, within the month, you’ve received several notes from people who knew him and loved him. Your oldest child was diagnosed with autism and people who’ve walked...

Why Is Bipolar Disorder So Misunderstood?

When I say the word “bipolar,” what comes to your mind? Some of you may imagine someone like Robin Williams whose intense energy and rapid brilliance was so much a part of his public persona. His suicide has sparked much discussion of bipolar disorder,...

How To Forgive Yourself: Five Not So Simple But Important Steps

The word forgive has several meanings. “To grant pardon… to absolve.. to give up all claim… to cease to feel resentment against…to cancel an indebtedness…” It becomes all the more complex when we’re talking about forgiving...

Are We Losing Our Manners? How To Confront Social Anxiety

My husband and I threw a Super Bowl party many years ago. We ought to have known better. Most of our friends weren’t football geeks, like us. We’d invited about 30 people, and set up an extra TV in our living room. Our son, around 5 at the time, had...