Q. My teenage son smokes pot fairly often. I understand that it can be more harmful to adolescents than adults. Could you write something about the dangers that marijuana poses for teens?
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Q. Recently a friend of mine, who was only 18, committed suicide. I knew he was upset, and I feel guilty that I didn’t take him seriously enough. Please address the issue of what to do if we suspect a friend is suicidal.
Q. I married a man several months ago. We are both well-adjusted, happy people in our early 70s. The problem is that his three daughters seem resentful of me. He was a widower, so I did not break up his marriage. Is this typical behavior for adult children? What can we do to resolve the conflict?
Q. Everything that happens at work upsets me. I lash out at people, get my feelings hurt and often cause trouble without reason. I don’t want this to happen. My boss said to “toughen up.” Can you give me some suggestions on how to resolve my problem?
Q. I feel like my husband and I have drifted apart after only a few years of marriage. We argue frequently, and usually I just walk away. I’m not certain that we even love each other now. What can we do to revive our relationship?
Q. I had the flu a few weeks ago, and I’ve been really depressed since then. Although I’ve had some depression in the past, I’ve never felt this down. Is there a connection between the flu and my recent depression?
Q. A few weeks ago, you published an article about a woman who was considering marrying a narcissist. Well, I married a woman who I THINK is a narcissist. We’ve been together several years and it doesn’t get better. What causes someone to become a narcissist? Also, please give some suggestions for men living with narcissistic wives.
Q. I’m undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. I’ve had people say unbelievable things to me. I know they are trying to be helpful, but they aren’t. Could you please address the issue of what NOT to say to a cancer patient?
Q. I always thought I was depressed, but recently my doctor diagnosed me as Bipolar II. I understand that this is different from Bipolar I, but I still find it rather frightening. Can you tell me more about the difference between the disorders?
Q. I am 45, and the man I’m seeing proposed to me on Christmas. The problem is that all of my friends say he is a narcissist. I’m becoming fearful of accepting his proposal because maybe my friends are right. Can you tell me more about narcissistic behavior?
Q. I am determined to lose weight in the new year, but I can’t stop eating. I eat when I’m not hungry, and I hide my eating from my family and friends. Last week, I ate a box of donuts while driving home from work. I put the box in the trash immediately, so my husband wouldn’t see it. What is wrong with me and what can I do to stop it?
Q. My 17-year-old son texts while he is driving. I’ve asked him to stop several times, but he says he’s a good driver and nothing will happen to him. I’m really frightened, especially with the holiday traffic. Could you please explain why so many young people don’t think it’s a problem?
Q. I hate the holidays. I have a lovely family, but I get depressed thinking about the good times we had when our children were small and my parents were alive, so I sit around and do nothing. What can I do to make my holidays more pleasant?
Q. Because of my husband’s job, we have to entertain and give holiday parties. I am sick of the people who drink too much, make fools of themselves, and drive away half drunk. How can I keep the heavy drinkers away from the alcohol, so that no one feels remorse the next morning? Please give some advice to me and the party-goers. Maybe they’ll read your column.
Q. My son was in a serious car accident last year. He was driving, but it was not his fault. He was in the hospital for a week, but the other two friends who were with him were more seriously hurt. One could not return to school. My son seemed fine for months, but suddenly he has become argumentative and difficult. Could this be a result of the accident trauma?
Q. I am involved with a man who verbally abuses me, but he has never been physically abusive. Every time I leave him, he convinces me to come back. I do everything to please him because I really love him. I was told that I’m in a co-dependent relationship. Can you explain exactly what that means?
Q. I was diagnosed with a Borderline Personality Disorder a few years ago. My friends tell me the diagnosis is probably wrong. Could you tell us more about the condition?
Q. I seem to have memory problems when I get too busy at work. I can’t avoid work at this time. I’ve been to the doctor, and he says I don’t really have a problem. Can you give me some tips to improve my memory?
Q. My daughter doesn’t want to go to school because she is afraid she is going to vomit. She has a good home life and has never experienced a frightening episode around vomiting. What has caused this and what can we do to help her?
Q. My teenage granddaughter spent some time with me recently. She eats very little, and is extremely thin. I have also heard her throwing up after she has eaten a small meal. Could you tell me more about bulimia and anorexia and what causes it? Should I confront her? Should I try to get her help?
Q. My wife who is in her early 60s had surgery several months ago. She continues to take seven to eight pain killers a day that she gets from several doctors. She is irritable, out of it and denies that pain meds are her problem. Could you please explain the dangers of these medications so that my wife and others will understand the problems of pain pill addiction?
Q. Tell me why people are saying it’s wrong to spank my children? I’ve spanked them all and never had a problem. Why do all of these so-called professionals think we should stop something that has worked?
Q. My 17- year-old daughter is pregnant again. She’s mostly interested in partying, not mothering. I know she continues to smoke, and I think she may be drinking and using other drugs. Please address the harm that these substances can do, so that I can give her the column.
Q. I am a college freshman. I have been depressed and having panic attacks since the first week of college. I’m away from home for the first time, and I miss my family and friends from high school. I feel like I’m sinking, and I want to drop out and go home. Is this normal? I feel so alone.
Q. My mother is bipolar and my aunt is schizophrenic. I’ve been reading that mental disorders are inherited. Is that true? If so, what are my chances of having a mental health problem? I’m really afraid of becoming schizophrenic.
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