Archive for May, 2012

Teenage Girl’s Survival Guide – Friend or Frenemies

May 31, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

by Lauren Kruger May 31, 2012   It can be hard to mend a broken friendship, and it doesn’t always work. The hard truth is that some friendships just aren’t built to last the distance. But Irene Levine, psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at NYU’s School of Medicine, suggests five simple ways to mend your […]

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Unhappily married…and more at home with my husband

May 30, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

I need help clarifying why I’m in such a depressed state but only when I’m home with my husband.

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A new beginning—but I don’t want to be alone

QUESTION  Hi Irene, I’m 27 and have never had what I have felt is a real friend. I just got out of a three-year relationship with a great guy but he just wasn’t great for me at this point in my life; I was never in love with him. I have been in a few […]

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SOMETHING NEW: Check out The Friendship Blog Connection on Facebook

A number of posters have asked for a way to connect with others who are interested in online friendships. On a trial basis, I have created a new Facebook group, called The Friendship Blog Connection

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From the Friendship Forums: Balancing Friend-Time with Me-Time

A reader offers pointers that worked for her—for people who tend toward introversion and know they require me-time before and after being with others.

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Daily Spark: How to Fix a Friendship

May 23, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

By Ginny Graves May 22, 2012   When friendships start to unravel it can really throw us for a loop. Learn how to set things right and make a fresh start. Not long ago, I was browsing through a friend’s Facebook page when I saw a discussion she was having with some mutual buddies about […]

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My friend won’t leave her house—what should I do?

Initial post removed at request of poster ANSWER Hi Lindsay, Your friend is fortunate to have you as her friend. You seem kind, caring, and compassionate—and it’s great that you have tried to educate yourself about mental illness to better understand what she is going through. It’s quite possible that your friend isn’t knowingly deceiving you or herself. […]

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The awkwardness of friendship after dating

May 21, 2012 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hello Dr. Irene, I really cared a lot about someone whom I dated. After the end of our dating relationship three years ago, I was devastated. However, I was very willing to be his friend. For the last two years, I was doing all of the hard work and effort to maintain this friendship.  […]

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My so-called friend

QUESTION Hi Irene, My so-called friend deleted me on Facebook because of an accidental slip-of-the-tongue. I told her I didn’t like her cousin. I thought telling the truth even though it hurts was the right thing.   In addition to deleting me on Facebook, she talks about me behind my back and when I try […]

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Asking too much of a friend

QUESTION  Hi Irene, I’ve recently been coming to terms with some deeply buried grief, and also struggling with self-injury problems as well. My "best friend" of 19 years has hardly been there for me and only seems to come around when he needs me. He makes it very clear that he does not care about […]

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