fear, anxiety, and stress
Displaying cheerfulness for those around us -- solely because they cannot handle the sadness of disease -- can cause more harm than good, Dr. Laurie writes.
My friend Stacie is my best mate in the world, and I think I've fallen in love with her. I want to explore the possibility of dating, but fear she'll simply take the mickey out of me at the thought. What can I do? -- Dirk in Devonshire
I have had the hugest crush on this friend of mine for several months now, and it's getting worse. Normally I'm the center of the party. But when he enters the room, I find it increasingly difficult to breathe, let alone string two words together. What do I do? -- Talkative Todd
Dr. Laurie explains how small, easily-manageable changes to our daily activities can help us escape feeling trapped.
Creak luxuriates in a life without worry -- but is his OA holding him back?
My mother-in-law had the audacity to tell me my choice of clothing makes me look matronly and boring -- two traits that were sure to cause problems in my marriage. To be honest, I wanted to punch her in the face. The gall! What should I do? -- Matronly Mary
Seth witnesses an exchange in the men's room that he won't soon forget.
Creak returns home to sunny environs -- only to have his family dinner interrupted.