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When a friend lacks empathy

Some people are more sensitive than others. Sadly, there’s not much to do or say when your friend lacks empathy.

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How should a friend respond to bad news?

September 27, 2013 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

When you tell a friend bad news, it’s not unusual to leave them at a loss for words.

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Making friends after being sick

A woman’s 21-year-old daughter has lost her friends after being being sick–diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

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Friendship: In sickness and in health? Not always

Two friends bond over sickness until one regains her health. Are there magic words to end this troubling friendship?

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Friendship: In sickness and in health

October 9, 2012 | By | 20 Replies Continue Reading

I was close friends with a woman for several years. Six months ago, she abruptly ended the friendship. Two months prior to the end of the friendship, I was going through cancer radiation treatments and could not devote the time and energy to her that she seemed to need to feel satisfied with the friendship.

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Guest Post: 7 ways to cheer up a girlfriend

July 31, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Don’t you love when your friends are there for you? Here are some ways to cheer up a girlfriend and be a better friend. By Judi Cogan, Girlfriendology* We all have great days when we want to shout happiness from a rooftop somewhere. We all have days that are neither wonderful nor terrible. Sometimes we have [...]

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Another reason why cancer sucks~

February 1, 2011 | By | 17 Replies Continue Reading

A woman talks about the isolation from friends that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

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Friendship, caring, and “the call list”

February 17, 2010 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

As soon as my brother-in-law learned that my mother’s health was declining, Don responded by putting her on his Saturday morning "call list." Every weekend, Don places calls to a growing list of friends and relatives who are housebound, lonely, and/or ill. His uplifting phone calls aren’t obligatory. He calls because he cares and is [...]

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Guest post: Ten Tips to Help a Girlfriend Get Well

November 12, 2009 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

If you spend as much time online as I do, you’re bound to make new friends. And when you share common interests, the bond is almost immediate. Since writing my book Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend, I’ve been lucky to get to know a number of women who spend their [...]

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Just Friends?

September 1, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

In a recent post on her Psychology Today blog, research psychologist Dr. Bella DePaulo, author of Singled Out, raises the issue of what it means to be “just friends.” Unlike marriage (and same-sex unions in some States), friends have no legal ties to one another. Unlike siblings, they have no blood ties. Yet one of [...]

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