Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
COVID-19 has created an epidemic of sleeplessness. Here are 7 ideas from sleep experts to help you deal with wakeful nights.
A sleep specialist confirms what you probably already know: "With COVID-19, we recognize that there is now an epidemic of sleep problems."
More couples may be having affairs during the pandemic. What does it mean? And what should we do to protect our own relationships?
For many, the holiday season this year is looking bleak and sad, even though vaccines for COVID will likely be available fairly soon. Why are we having such a hard time?
With the pandemic spiking and couples together 24/7, tensions are rising and relationships are shaky.
The weather and the pandemic may fuel depression this winter. Here's what you can do to prepare.
How do you date during the pandemic? What about sex and intimacy? Here's what the experts say.
To organize or not to organize? Research shows that there are complicated benefits—and problems—with both behaviors.
Are you daydreaming your way through the pandemic? These daytime dreams can be more productive than you think.
Two important ideas can help you negotiate problematic behaviors.
Is COVID-19 damaging your relationship? Are you arguing more? Is your sex life diminished—or non-existent? A small shift can make a big difference.
Chronic stress can lead to anger, irritability as well as feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Here are eight ways to de-stress for improved mental and physical health.
Having a hard time making decisions during the pandemic? A few small changes can make a big difference.
Although emotional splitting is often seen in borderline personality disorders, it's present in plenty of other situations. Here are three ways to respond.
Feeling unstable, or out of balance, can be both a symptom and result of stress, leading to emotional and physical symptoms.
Change is part of life, but most of us fear it almost, and sometimes more, than we welcome it. What are you afraid of?
“It takes me until about 4 p.m. to actually get work done. Often I wind up stuck mid-thought on the staircase trying to recall what I was about to do."
Is COVID-19 making you angry? What should you do? (Hint: The answer isn't to express it!)
Research explains why working from home can make you feel down and anxious—even if it's your choice.
Tensions are escalating as the corona virus lingers. Selfish behavior is just one of the ways we are dealing. What can you do when someone's selfishness impinges on you?
Phrases like “this isn’t how it’s supposed to be” capture the sense of loss and uncertainty of the pandemic. Here's another way to think about it.
“I know I’m not supposed to ask about your personal life,” said Judy, who had been in therapy with me for awhile before COVID-19. “But I’m worried about how you're doing."
Research tells us that exercise is a way of dealing with stress. Here are five ways to get motivated when you can't make yourself exercise at home.
In the last few days, almost every conversation in my psychotherapy office has been tinged with anxiety, if not panic. What can you do to ease your own and your family's worries?
“I’m trying to teach my kids that things that they see on ads—online and on TV—often aren’t what the advertisers make them out to be,” a client said. But how could she do it?
“I’m not religious,” Lena said to me at the beginning of her therapy session. "So how do I teach my children values that they might have learned if we sent them to Sunday school?"
Whether you're the critic or the criticized, criticism in a relationship can leave you feeling more vulnerable and alone. But there may still be hope for your relationship.
Many of us see a connection to a special someone as the solution to loneliness. But the search for that special person can lead to more loneliness. Here are some things you can do.
Traditionally, therapists take a neutral position on politics and other strongly held beliefs. But contemporary politics make some of us wonder about that stance.
“You don’t understand,” a 22-year-old client told me. “You’re from a different generation. I know you’re trying, but you don’t get it."
F. Diane Barth, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author in private practice in New York City.