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Dr. Cecilia Ford: When Is Enough Enough?

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
In response to Dr. Allen’s visual assault by an overexposed jogger the other morning, I have to say that it seems true: No lower limit has been discovered as far as poor taste is concerned. This is especially true here in New York City, where in the past few decades the Duchess of Windsor’s famous motto,  one can “never be…
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Emotional Health

Dr. Cecilia Ford: Never a Wasted Moment

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
As Mother’s Day approaches and we prepare to take time out to honor the love and care that mothers give day in and day out, it must be admitted that an awful lot of it is taken for granted and goes unheralded much of the year. In fact, a mother’s love is considered our birthright, and most of us who…
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Film & Television · Lifestyle

Cecilia Ford: Oscar and Me

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Growing up in a show-business family, Oscar night for my sisters and me was the equivalent of the Harvard- Yale game. While my prep school friends’ parents talked about Princeton men and the Ivy Club, my Mother would say “he was at Warner’s”, or refer to a house in Los Angeles by a movie star’s name (as in “the Douglas…
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News

Dr. Cecilia Ford on Sunday’s Inaugural Concert

By Womens Voices for Change
Sunday’s concert on the Mall in Washington was about the most joyous public occasion I have ever witnessed. The tone of the entire event was happy and exciting, but in a peaceful, calm, secure way, not unlike Mr. Obama himself. It was clear that the speakers and musicians were honored to be there, and even quite  starstruck. President-elect Obama was…
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Health

The Holidays and Grief: From Dr. Cecilia Ford

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
 All of us will be greeted with the phrase “Happy Holidays” sometime soon, if we haven’t been already. But I realized long ago that in my profession, this is the mean season.  As a psychologist in private practice I have noticed that the period of time from the Jewish New Year in September through Easter/Passover is more or less a…
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Emotional Health

Dr. Cecilia Ford on Grief: Part One of A Series

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Cecilia M. Ford, a member of WVFC’s medical advisory  board, has been a psychologist in private practice in New York City since 1987; her current areas of focus are chronic illnes and depression, eating disorders and body image disorders, sexuality and relationships, and  parenthood and careers. This is the first of a series of columns on this daunting but essential…
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Emotional Health

Dr. Cecilia Ford: On Finances and Depression

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Cecilia Ford, Ph.D., is a clinical psychological is Manhattan who specializes in body image, weight control and eating disorders (and a member of WVFC’s Medical Advisory Board). She and we felt that this letter below, and Dr. Ford’s sage response. needed to be heard by all of us. Dear Dr. Ford, I am a 50 year old woman who just…
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Emotional Health · Family & Friends

Dr. Ford: The Family Vacation

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Dear Dr. Ford: Our family has spent a two-week summer vacation on the farm where my husband grew up in the Midwest since our children, now 16 and 14, were born. This year my daughters were ill behaved and snobbish in their behavior toward their loving extended family. My husband and I have not decided what to do about this situation yet and I thought I would write to you to ask for some guidance.

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Emotional Health

Dr. Ford: 7 Ways to Make Your Summer Even Better

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Vacation should be different from our regular lives — not just another day whose only difference is that you are not on the job. To get the most from your time off, try to avoid passively going through your usual routines. This is a good moment to shake things up and try new things.

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Emotional Health · Marriage & Life Partners · Menopause · Sex & Sexuality

Dr. Ford: Should She Let Her Husband Know She No Longer Wants to Have Sex With Him?

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

You can let your husband know that there were too many years when you felt overwhelmed and under-supported and that the cumulative effect of that experience combined with your age has left you without desire. How he responds to your honest statement might open up the opportunity to work on some of the issues between you, which I would recommend, if you want to have a close and harmonious future.

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Emotional Health · Sex & Sexuality

Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Young Women, Dating Apps, and Sexual Hyperactivity

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

While casual sex became acceptable to many young people, it wasn’t until the advent of the Internet that people didn’t have to actually meet each other to have sex. A recent article in 'Vanity Fair' describes the “hook-up culture,” which is facilitated by apps like Tinder and Hinge, as the “dating apocalypse.”

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