Tag: anxiety

My Best Friend Is Pulling Away

Published: February 22, 2012 | Last Updated: February 22, 2012 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m a junior in high school who has never been the most popular person. I’m generally the weird girl who eats lunch alone reading a book. However, over the past couple of years, I’ve made a few incredible friends.   One of these is a guy who knows that I’ve liked him […]

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Friendship: The Significance of Timing

Published: February 6, 2012 | Last Updated: February 6, 2012 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

Two close male friends with a long history drift apart   QUESTION Dear Irene, My friend and I became friends when his family moved into my neighborhood when we were both kids. My friend was an outcast and very different from other kids at an early age. Parents questioned his sexuality early on and not […]

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Different strokes: Can this friendship survive?

Published: July 9, 2010 | Last Updated: July 10, 2010 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi, I’ve had the same best friend for more than 20 years. We were so close that we even have matching tattoos. We don’t live near each other, but have maintained contact and been through school, marriage, kids, etc together. She’s been a huge part of my life.   Things started getting tough a […]

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Just Do It: Putting a fractured friendship behind you

Published: February 20, 2009 | Last Updated: February 20, 2009 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi,                                            A few years ago, I was a roommate with a woman I will call Marta. She found me by looking at rentals in the paper. She was newly divorced and we became fast friends. I introduced her to my extensive group of friends. She moved out after I got engaged. We were […]

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Co-rumination: Is it healthy for adolescents to rehash their boy problems?

Published: February 2, 2009 | Last Updated: February 2, 2009 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Are you a mom who worries because your teenage daughter seems to be incessantly texting or emailing her best friends about her romantic problems? Your worries may be founded. When adolescent girlfriends rehash the same problems together over and over, they increase their risk of depression and social anxiety. In a study focused on seventh […]

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Reader Q &A: A Foot-in-Her-Mouth Friend

Published: November 22, 2008 | Last Updated: November 22, 2008 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

*QUESTION: Hi Dr. Levine, I’m having (and always seem to have) fractured friendships. (Great phrase, by the way!) I’m one of those people who is always trying to make a joke and therefore throw out a lot of one liners when the opportunity arises. Unfortunately, sometimes the jokes unintentionally hurt people’s feelings, and sometimes those […]

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