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Are We All Addicts?
Author: Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW-R, QCSW, DCSW
July 31st, 2019
Dear Therapist: What qualifies something as an addiction? My brother plays video games all day. Does that make him an addict? My mother shops all day. Is she addicted to shopping? It seems like the word addiction gets thrown around a lot these days but when is it really a true thing and when is it just an excuse for continuing behavior that you don't want to stop? I get that cigarettes, alcohol and the like are considered addicting but are we to …
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My Narcissistic Son
Author: Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW-R, QCSW, DCSW
July 25th, 2019
Dear Therapist: I am writing this letter with great difficulty. I am a Holocaust survivor who had two children. One of them died of serious illness. My second child was showered with everything. He has not visited me in years because since I am widowed I am on a limited income and he feels should be getting more money from me. My son has never worked as he claims he is always learning. His spouse earns over one hundred thousand dollars a year and …
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Depression in Childhood
Author: Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW-R, QCSW, DCSW
July 18th, 2019
Dear Therapist: It is scary to hear about kids/teenagers who looked like they were fine but were really suffering emotionally or dealing with very difficult issues that no one was aware of. My friend’s daughter, who is now older, recently told her that she was dealing with some serious depressive thoughts as a teen but had kept it all in and pretended to be happy on the outside. Is it possible that something as significant as depression can …
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Summer Camp and Homesickness
Author: Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW-R, QCSW, DCSW
July 18th, 2019
Dear Therapist: Our 11-year-old son is going to sleepaway camp for the first time this summer. While he is excited about this he has always had difficulty adjusting to new situations and environments. Meaning he has a bit of an anxious personality. That being the case we are wondering if you have any advice as to how to "prevent" homesickness? What can we do to best prepare him for his first sleepaway experience? I also wonder what you think of m …
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Fear of Illness
Author: Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW-R, QCSW, DCSW
July 18th, 2019
Dear Therapist: I work as a social worker in a New York area hospital. I work closely with patients and families of some very sick people. I love what I do and wouldn't trade it for anything. Every year, around the same time (early summer) my anxiety about becoming ill really ratchets up. I have discussed this with supervisors and fellow clinicians and have come to understand this as being something that comes along with the territory of my job b …
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Misophonia
Author: Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW-R, QCSW, DCSW
July 18th, 2019
Dear Therapist: I have this "thing" where I get filled with extreme rage, frustration, and hate from hearing certain sounds like chewing loud, slurping, whistling, wiggling of feet, snoring... These sounds drive me crazy to the point where I need to leave the room or I might just yell at the person causing the trigger. People think I'm just finicky and I have to learn to deal with these noises. When I mentioned this to a friend, they said it soun …
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My Father-in-Law's Ultimatum
Author: Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW-R, QCSW, DCSW
July 18th, 2019
Dear Therapist: My husband and I are faced with the following situation and we're stumped as to what to tell our children. Our family was always very close to my parents in law and their children at home. My father in law is a controlling person. He thinks the world is against him. He doesn't talk to most of his married kids because he thinks they don't "hold" of him. My husband and I are close to the married siblings. My father in law recently g …
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Should I Stop my Meds?
Author: Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW-R, QCSW, DCSW
July 18th, 2019
Dear Therapist: I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a teenager and have been on medication since then. While I am doing well and have not had any episodes in a long time I have not been successful in work or in shidduchim [dating]. I feel that the medication stifles my personality and makes me less of who I really am. I have discussed this with my psychiatrist, but he just tries to push me off. I think I am ready to move off my medicati …
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Stress or Anxiety?
Author: Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW-R, QCSW, DCSW
July 18th, 2019
Dear Therapist: A few months ago, I bought out my partner who I started my business with....things have gone better than I could have ever imagined. Recently, however, I have become very overwhelmed trying to stay on top of the growth of the company. I have mentioned to some friends and family how I have been feeling and I am met with a lot of flak for complaining about something that is a positive thing. I understand that, but the fact is that I …
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Anti Vaxxers
Author: Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW-R, QCSW, DCSW
July 18th, 2019
Dear Therapist: As everyone not living under a rock is aware, there has recently been an outbreak of measles in the frum [orthodox Jewish] community. While most of you are not medical doctors I was hoping you can help me from a psychological perspective. How can it be that something like vaccines that are considered safe and necessary by 99.9 percent of the medical community and somehow people have a cramp in their head against it? How …
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