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Author Irene S. Levine, PhD, is The Friendship Doctor, dispensing expert advice on The Friendship Blog.

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Why do friends disappear when you’re depressed?

February 23, 2017 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Some people have a hard time dealing with depressed friends.

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In the Media – Why is it so hard for women to make new friends? (Detroit Free Press)

February 20, 2017 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
In the Media – Why is it so hard for women to make new friends? (Detroit Free Press)

Ever feel like it’s so hard to make new friends?

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What to do when a friend ignores you

February 20, 2017 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

A woman is at a loss for what to do when her friend ignores her with no explanation.

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Left out of a midlife clique

February 18, 2017 | By | 11 Replies Continue Reading

A woman finds out that her midlife clique is meeting without her in secret.

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Valentine’s Day 2017: Not just for lovers

February 14, 2017 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Valentine’s Day 2017: Not just for lovers

Did you know that the very first handmade Valentine’s Day cards in the 1800s weren’t intended for lovers? Instead, they celebrated affection between friends and relatives.

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Making friends after separating

February 14, 2017 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

After separating from a long-time partner, a woman feels friendless.

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My roommate read my private messages

February 11, 2017 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

A woman feels violated when her roommate and friend reads her private messages.

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My friend doesn’t stop complaining

February 8, 2017 | By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

How do you handle a friend who is always complaining to you?

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Losing friends because I don’t have a smartphone

February 7, 2017 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
Losing friends because I don’t have a smartphone

Because she is the only one without a smartphone in her group, a pre-teen feels left out.

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Should I open the door to a friend who dumped me?

February 5, 2017 | By | 12 Replies Continue Reading

A reader seeks advice about whether to “open the door” to a long-term friendship after it’s fallen apart.

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