5/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Lisa grew up in a dysfunctional home where mom and dad hated each other, and they only shared one meal each year, where mom would just about throw the turkey at dad. She has an adventurous spirt, hence her job as an international flight attendant. She wonders if she's an alcoholic, wonders why she's a multitasker, why she prefers younger men and why her life is so disorganized. She wonders if she needs to return to AA, return to basics or just slow her life down. Thoughts?
5/12/2013 6:00:00 AM
Naved used to fight boys bigger and stronger than him and never lost a fight. Then he fought a boy weaker than him, and lost. He lost all of his confidence, and years later he still cannot find his confidence. Although this helped curb his aggression, he'd like to be confident again, so asks what he can do. Thoughts?
4/5/2013 6:00:00 AM
Bob is a 79 year old man in good health. Suddenly, he is being asked to resign from many of his social groups that he has belonged to, some for years! Without giving particulars, he asks what could be wrong, what's he doing to alienate all these people. Many people have what I call a blind spot, where they don't see themselves for who they really are. How can he correct this?
3/14/2013 6:00:00 AM
Elliot is 20 and has been sick for over two years. First he dropped out of school, was diagnosed with depression and prescribed meds and then went to work. He had to quit before he was fired, and his doctor prescribed even more antidepressants.
3/2/2013 6:00:00 AM
HS and her husband are going through a bitter divorce. He smokes marijuana and she doesn't. He used to blow pot smoke in her face while she slept to get her high.
2/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Marion has written his life's story in his book. Think lessons can be learned from other's experiences?
2/13/2013 6:00:00 AM
Rajendra recently earned a degree in software engineering. He has excellent credentials, and even though he's been interviewed by top software companies, he has been rejected for his stammering problem. He doesn't stammer in his native Hindi tongue -- it's only when he speaks English.
1/26/2013 6:00:00 AM
Al struggles with happiness. He's a successful orthodontist, has a lovely family, lives in a beautiful home, tries different hobbies whenever he pleases..... yet happiness eludes him.
1/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
John overcame incredible odds, and was on his own at 12. Ultimately, he owned his own company and had 40 employees. Then the economy crashed and at 61, he finds himself in a precarious situation. He lost his business and is fighting to keep his home.
10/11/2012 6:00:00 AM
Gaurav finds himself in a position he was not expecting. He's 29, and lost his job six months ago, with no new job in sight. He's depressed, as he must live with his parents.
10/9/2012 6:00:00 AM
Mark compares Europe's 'Belbin Team Roles', which uses individual strengths in the workplace, to my 'Better Than Normal', which uses individual personality traits to better individual lives.
9/25/2012 6:00:00 AM
Nina is a nurse studying to become a Psych NP. She's the married mother of two, but hasn't been happy for the last couple of years. In a nutshell, she's networking to learn more about her passion -- medicine.
9/21/2012 6:00:00 AM
Patricia wants to be like the popular girls. She imitates the way they talk, dress, fix their hair, and yet feels people still don't like her. She is married, but is not sure if she's really happy. Life is passing her by, and asks how she can make friends and ultimately, be happy....and popular.
9/8/2012 6:00:00 AM
Ann is in her fourth year of medical school. She is stressed out, angry, hates the friends she has and is sure people don't want her to succeed. Nothing concerns her except med school and studying. She hates her sister, who is 22 and also in med school. She states her sister is always putting her down, but that since she has a "disease" everyone takes her side. She's angry at everything, but mostly that all she does is study and work and she wonders if this will be forever.
9/6/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kesay is 32 and has plenty of ideas going through his head -- he just can't concentrate enough to make them happen. His English isn't as good as he'd like, and he has trouble getting his ideas across to his co-workers and superiors. He knows if he could learn better English his whole life -- personal and professional -- would be better, but when he gets home from work, he is too tired to study.
9/2/2012 2:00:00 PM
Lisha is 46 and a mother of three. Successful yet confused, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had moments of intense energy and racing thoughts followed by bouts of depression. She's been in unhealthy relationships and now questions her judgment of the men she chooses. What do you think -- is there a way to make better life decisions when one has a mood disorder? Can medication allow a person to think more clearly or does it make that part worse?Everything else is good, she just wants better boyfriends.
8/26/2012 6:00:00 AM
Sali knows a married man who treats a woman he works with in a way that Sali has a problem with. She thinks this makes the other woman feel inferior and embarrassed. But, she states that he only treats her this way when others are around; when the two are alone he ignores her. She doesn't indicate how she knows either the man or the woman. Her question to me is why is he so inconsistent and hot and cold toward this other woman. What the heck is going on in this interesting scenario? Can you guess?
8/23/2012 6:00:00 AM
Frustrated Teacher is convinced her school principal is possessed by the devil. She yells at teachers, children and parents alike. She berates teachers for even the smallest problem in front of others and seems to pride herself in intimidating everyone. She asks if this is caused by a psychiatric illness or is she just an unhappy person or could she really be possessed by a devil? Finally she asks how to deal with someone like this. Thoughts?
8/17/2012 2:00:00 PM
Madeleine is 26 years old and is dating for the first time. She has always lived with her parents and grandparents and has always been obedient. Her mother disapproves of her boyfriend. Says he's ugly, lazy and cannot provide for her. Her mother, while caring for her father after his stroke, has emotionally blackmailed her, saying if she moves out it will kill her grandpa. She wants to move out, but neither she nor her boyfriend work, as he is supported by his own mother. How does your solution compare to mine?
8/13/2012 6:00:00 AM
Lanay has been suffering from back pain for 20 years. She doesn't have health insurance, and the county medical doctors are not helping her find relief. Looking online, she discovered she needs injections, but her doctor says there's no such procedure. She asks me what she should do and where to turn. I give her my thoughts. Do you have something to add?
8/11/2012 6:00:00 AM
Meem is a 19 year old man who has always dreamed of becoming an engineer. However, on his boards he didn't quite make the grade for engineering school at his university, so he has to wait a year before retesting. His parents, however, insist he give up this "stupid" idea of becoming an engineer and enroll in pre-med to become a doctor. He asks if he should do as his parents say or follow his dream?
7/31/2012 6:00:00 AM
Marie just finished reading my book, 'Better Than Normal' and shares that after raising her children and turning 50, she still hasn't found the job that she enjoys and makes her feel complete. She asks for help. Thoughts?
7/28/2012 6:00:00 AM
Surrender always did well in school until he started college. Unable to concentrate, easily distracted, his grades suffered while his colleagues graduated and found great jobs while he can't seem to finish. He now gets angry easily, and wonders what mental illness he has. I give him my suggestion to his problem -- what do you think?
7/26/2012 6:00:00 AM
Andrea is a 36 year old educated professional Italian man who has hit hard times. He cannot find work in his country or Germany and is terrified as to what tomorrow may bring. He has a girlfriend and wants to start a family, but how can he as things are in these troubled times? He asks how to find happiness in life when things are so difficult and uncertain. I think many of us feel this way, how about you?
7/19/2012 6:00:20 AM
Julie survived a rough, abusive childhood and was married 13 years before filing for divorce. She finds herself too trusting of the wrong people, so isn't ready to engage in another relationship any time soon. She shares her story, and wonders if she can ever trust again in the right way. What do you think, can trust be shattered forever and never recover?