Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Male Privilege, Male Delusion

October 2, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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He’s ill, he’s unattractive, he’s uninteresting, but he still thinks he holds all the cards: money, power, and maleness.

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Medical Monday Alert: Deadlines Loom for Choosing Your 2015 Individual Health Insurance Coverage

September 29, 2014 by Maura Carley

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Most consumers will have additional options to consider for next year’s coverage. So look carefully at premiums, but also at the plan’s benefits, referral requirements, and other rules—and at the plan’s network; many new plans will have narrower networks next year.

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UNHAPPY TOGETHER, Part 1: Locked In to Marriage

September 25, 2014 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

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By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

“When I was walking down the aisle and my eyes met his, I had this cold chill, and I thought, ‘I do not want to spend the rest of my life looking at his face every morning,’ my friend Paula told me. She had expressed her misgivings to her bridesmaid the night before, but she’d been too embarrassed to step up then and say, ‘No way!’”

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UNHAPPY TOGETHER, Part 2: When You Quell the Inner Voice That Says NO

September 25, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

To paraphrase psychiatrist Harry Stack Sullivan (who said, “We are all more human than otherwise”), all marriages are more imperfect than otherwise, and the question sometimes becomes this: Which imperfections [in your mate or potential mate] can you truly not live with?

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Today’s Talk Topic: Women, Girls, and the ‘Slow Violence’ of the Syrian Civil War

September 23, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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“There is also a great slab of silent suffering caused by Syria’s civil war that goes comparatively unreported because it is, well, just too mundane to make juicy headlines. . . .This is a kind of human ‘slow violence’ being done to an entire generation of Middle Eastern women and children who are now growing up as refugees.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Heartburn,” “Indigestion,” “Reflux”—How Should It Be Treated?

September 22, 2014 by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

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By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

I am 48 and have long suffered from heartburn, indigestion, reflux—all the names apply to the constant discomfort I have in the area of my lower esophagus and stomach. I took a series of tests, and the test for H. pylori was positive. What is H. pylori? How did I get it? Is the two weeks of medication I must take likely to get rid of the infection?

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Dr. Ford on Domestic Violence: Helping Someone in an Abusive Relationship

September 18, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the mistakes friends, family, and even therapists often make (I learned this the hard way) is that when the victim confides in them, they exhort her to protect herself and leave. Often, however, she is not yet ready to do that, because she is still feeling trapped. Then the next time he hurts her, she is less likely to confide in her support group because she feels ashamed that she has ignored their advice.

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Dr. Pat Consults: When is Laser Treatment the Best Option for Skin Cancer?

September 15, 2014 by Anetta Reszko, M.D.

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By Anetta Reszko, M.D.

Because laser light penetrates to only a certain depth within the skin, laser surgery kills only tumor cells on the surface of the skin. As a result, the laser treatment should be considered for biopsy proven superficial low-risk tumors when other techniques were unsuccessful or are poor surgical candidates.

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She’s Young (14!) and Sexually Active: Dr. Ford Counsels Her Distraught Mother

September 11, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

There is no strong consensus in our culture anymore about standards of behavior. While some kids have always violated social norms when it comes to early sexuality, at least they knew what the norms were. Today’s parents don’t make it clear enough where they stand on this issue.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Cosmetic Surgery on the Eyelid—the Benefits, the Hazards

September 8, 2014 by Leila Rafla-Demetrious, M.D.

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By Leila Rafla-Demetrious, M.D.

“I had my eyes done by a plastic surgeon. I just wanted the droopy upper lids cut back, since they were hideous and wrinkly. . . . The surgeon told me that I needed both “upper and lower” work. I now have dry eyes and the inside of my lower eyelid on one eye is pulled down. What can be done?”

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Social Anxiety Disorder—Leading a Bleak, Constricted Life

September 4, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“I have ‘habits’ that make me feel less anxious: I drive the same route every day, park in the same spot, eat the same lunch, leave at the same time, and take the same route home. I don’t know if I can function if I have to change anything in my life.”

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Empathy, Informed by Pain

August 30, 2014 by Susan Lieberman

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By Susan Lieberman

I don’t think I read as “old” to most people over 50. But one bum knee and any hope of a youthful image is shot. I am hobbling. I can’t get up gracefully. I wince when my knee is tweaked. I walk “old.”

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Sexual Incompatibility: Might an Affair Save a Passionless Marriage?

August 28, 2014 by Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Some people will judge you harshly for even thinking about having an affair. I will not. A 52-year-old woman has the right to decide how to run her own life. Seeking couples therapy from a sex and marital therapist might help you make a well-informed decision.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Ebola Epidemic—Fear of Flying to Africa

August 25, 2014 by Jason S. Kendler

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By Dr. Jason Kendler

Unlike viruses such as influenza (the flu), the Ebola virus is generally not spread from person to person in the air. Because of this, traveling on an airplane with someone with the Ebola virus would NOT put you at risk, unless there is some DIRECT PHYSICAL CONTACT with his or her bodily fluids.

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Molly Fisk: Where There’s a Will . . .

August 23, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

When I say to myself, “I think Sarah would like those pearl earrings,” or “Sam should have the painting of Vermont,” a voice in my head pipes up at once and says, “Hey! I like those earrings, why does Sarah get to have them?!?” and “That’s MY painting of Vermont!”

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