The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
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."
One of the least recognized but potentially most destructive aspects of a breakup is the damage to your sense of who you are. How do you find yourself?
We’re reading all of these books about parenting, but what happens to our child if we can’t be the kinds of parents they say we should be?
A colleague recently commented that a student psychotherapist he was supervising seemed to think he was supposed to know everything. "What does he think training is for, then?"
Often bullies don't act alone. Who supports them, and why? Social psychology and Freud offer some interesting answers.
If you are feeling helpless and hopeless in response to world events, you are not alone. But there are some things you can do.
The question of psychiatric diagnosis has long been a confusing one. A new study suggests that they are actually not useful. Why?
You might use self-criticism to motivate yourself to change. But research says it can backfire, making us feel less motivated instead. What to do?
From a distance, change often looks easy. And it can be. It can also be exciting and challenging. But up close it can sometimes be distressing.
Self-care sounds obvious. Self-compassion can make you healthier, stronger, and more successful. But it's neither simple nor easy. Why? And what can you do about it?
How you manage the difference between something that happened to you and something you did can impact your self-confidence, well-being, and general satisfaction in life.
Here are six simple steps to healthier boundaries.
As men and women spend more time together, it's important to find ways to cross the divide.
Although mother-daughter relationships are often idealized in our minds, in reality they are frequently complex, varied, and surprisingly complicated.
F. Diane Barth, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author in private practice in New York City.