Author Archive: Irene

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

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My Friend Has Mental Health Problems: How Can I Help Her?

October 12, 2020 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
My Friend Has Mental Health Problems: How Can I Help Her?

When a friend has mental health problems it can be hard to know how to help, especially during the pandemic.

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Friendship Divided By Politics

October 9, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship Divided By Politics

Divided by politics, a long-term friendship seems to be on the verge of falling apart. A woman asks whether she should cut it off for a while.

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Losing Support From a Circle of Friends

September 29, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Losing Support From a Circle of Friends

A young woman feels excluded from a circle of friends, a second loss after a molar pregnancy, and seeks advice.

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Am I Obliged To Give Free Services To Family And Friends?

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Am I Obliged To Give Free Services To Family And Friends?

A semi-retired couple is often asked to devote their time and skills to providing free services to people they know who don’t want to pay professionals. They have a hard time saying NO.

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Retired and Feeling Disconnected

September 18, 2020 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading
Retired and Feeling Disconnected

Many people are feeling disconnected during the pandemic. This retired therapist has lost her friends and seeks advice.

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Feeling Left Out Of A Pandemic Bubble? 

September 15, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Feeling Left Out Of A Pandemic Bubble? 

A pandemic bubble (or pod) offers people a new way to connect together in person, both for social reasons and practical ones.

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Covid Mental Health Resources

August 26, 2020 | By | Reply Continue Reading
Covid Mental Health Resources

A handy list of COVID Mental Health Resources to keep for yourself or someone you know. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help.

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Mom Concerned Her Teen Is Having A Hard Time During The Pandemic

August 12, 2020 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
Mom Concerned Her Teen Is Having A Hard Time During The Pandemic

A teen is having a hard time handling social distancing and wearing masks during this pandemic. Her mom asks for help .

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Saying No To A Friend During The Pandemic

August 7, 2020 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
Saying No To A Friend During The Pandemic

It’s always hard to say NO to a friend but especially during a pandemic when your friends are feeling stressed and lonely. 

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My Friend Wants To Get Together Too Often 

August 2, 2020 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading
My Friend Wants To Get Together Too Often 

When one friend wants to get together more often than another, the situation can wind up making both of them uncomfortable. 

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