Archive for May, 2012

Teenage Girl’s Survival Guide – Friend or Frenemies

Published: May 31, 2012 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 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

Published: May 30, 2012 | Last Updated: June 7, 2014 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

Published: May 28, 2012 | Last Updated: May 28, 2012 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

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

Published: May 28, 2012 | Last Updated: April 16, 2016 By | 20 Replies Continue Reading

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

Published: May 26, 2012 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

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

Published: May 23, 2012 | Last Updated: 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?

Published: May 23, 2012 | Last Updated: August 30, 2022 By | 31 Replies Continue Reading

A reader asks how to handle a friend who won’t leave her house? The friend is constantly complaining about physical problems that don’t seem real. Agoraphobia is one type of anxiety disorder.

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The awkwardness of friendship after dating

Published: May 21, 2012 | Last Updated: 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

Published: May 21, 2012 | Last Updated: May 21, 2012 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

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

Published: May 16, 2012 | Last Updated: May 21, 2012 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

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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