Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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Jonathan Foiles LCSW
Michael Bennett and Charles Thomas both almost lost their lives because the police saw them as a threat. Research helps explain why.
For millennia humans have told stories to explain ourselves and our world. Marilyn Charles' latest book examines contemporary fiction in light of psychodynamic concepts.
Mental health impacts all of us. Reducing stigma is important for ourselves and our relationships, and it is also the first step towards creating a more just society.
Leslie Jamison developed a drinking problem while attending Harvard and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her new addiction memoir adds a great deal to the literature on recovery.
Hallucinations are far more common than most people think. A little understanding goes a long way towards reducing stigma.
Love is complicated. Some only fall in love with someone who is taken, others are obsessed by the thought that their partner desires someone else. Bruce Fink helps explain why.
What do we talk about when we talk about love? Jacques Lacan examines this age-old question in his Seminar VIII on transference.
The murder of three clinicians in California reminds me of a violent incident at my own clinic. What can we do to help make work a safe space for everyone?
Telling the truth involves both risk and trust. The #MeToo movement has shown that we must create spaces that make it possible to be honest.
A poem helped me guide a patient along her healing journey from heroin addiction.
Discussions about the link between gun violence and mental illness often fall prey to a few logical fallacies. A more informed debate promises better outcomes for all of us.
In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, tragedy, it's natural to search for answers. Mental illness isn't one of them.
Mark Epstein has long been interested in bridging psychology and Buddhism. His latest book offers wisdom for both mindfulness beginners and seasoned practitioners.
Do you ever find yourself not knowing what to say? Winnicott describes how sitting together in the absence of words can speak volumes.
Conversion therapy is widely discredited, yet new data suggests 698,000 LGBTQ adults have underwent the practice. It is time to ban it nationwide.
I wasn't sure how to help my client Robert, a trauma survivor with a complex delusional system, until I found help in an unlikely source: the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan.
Robert appeared in my clinic for the trauma of being kidnapped at birth and robbed of his birthright as an African prince. How could I untangle the trauma from his delusions?
Jonathan Foiles, LCSW, is a therapist who works at a community mental health clinic in Chicago.