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Dr. Deb Patient Expert

New York, New York
I am a psychologist who writes about everyday matters and issues that impact the psyche. 
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How To Ask For Help by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Asking for help can be easy for some, and painfully tough for others. There are many myths that tend to keep others from asking support or assistance. Here are a few ... Read on »
The Power of Positive Direction by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Remember this scene from Star Wars ? Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification. Obi-Wan: (influencing the stormtrooper's mind) You don't need to see ... Read on »
12 Films That Feature Mental Illness by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In celebration of the 2014 Oscars is my list of movies that feature mental illness. Many of these movies have won Oscars, while others should have, but didn't. As we r ... Read on »
An Open Letter to Doctors by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Dear Doctor, I can’t begin to convey the frustration I experience as a patient waiting to see you. If it’s not the overbooking that tests my patience, or the rudeness ... Read on »
The Power of "What." by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Sometimes the question "Why?" is a good one.  Like, why can't we live in a more peaceful world?  Or why did I eat all those cookies?  Or why don't we call mustach ... Read on »
February 10-16 is Random Acts of Kindness Week by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 10th thru the 16th. The Random Acts of Kindness foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded on ... Read on »
3 Humorous Books That Help Your Mental Health by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Laughter is good medicine. This belief is thousands of years old . And even more impressive is that evidenced-based research says so too.  Humor is an important ... Read on »
The Do's and Don'ts: Talking about Death with Your Child by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It's never easy to deal with death. As adults, it overwhelms us. And it's even harder for children to move through.  Though we know it's an inevitable part of life, t ... Read on »
International Survivors of Suicide Day by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  sponsors International Survivors of Suicide Day - reaching out to tho ... Read on »
10 Tips for Dealing with a Teacher-Bully by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Bullying has been front and center in the public arena for some time now. In recent years, schools have promoted a zero tolerance for schoolyard bullying. Guidelines ... Read on »
National Depression Screening Day by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health National Depression Screening Day is Thursday, October 10th. Each year, more than half a million children and adults are screened for depression with t ... Read on »
Moving Through A Difficult Anniversary Date by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health "Anniversary Effect", sometimes called Anniversary Reaction, is defined as a unique set of unsettling feelings, thoughts or memories that occur on the anniversary of ... Read on »
Depression and Your Child: The Virtual Book Tour by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Monday, September 2 – Book Trailer of the Week at  Pump Up Your Book Tuesday, September 3 – Interview at  Blogcritics Wednesday, September 4 – Interview at  The Writer ... Read on »
Bibliotherapy: When A Good Book is All You Need by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Bibliotherapy, also known as Reading Therapy, is the inclusion of books to help a child or adult move through emotional experiences. From fiction, non-fiction, poetry or p ... Read on »
15 Mental Fitness Tips by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health 1. Learn to Relax: Allow yourself to let go of inner tensions by giving yourself a “mini vacation.” Give your mind a break by becoming engrossed in a good book, watchi ... Read on »
Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Watch my book "Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers"  by The Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group go from proposal to full on manuscript, ... Read on »
How To Find A Good Psychotherapist by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It's a difficult, yet brave and courageous moment when someone makes the decision to pursue mental health therapy. More difficult than the decision to go to t ... Read on »
May is Mental Health Awareness Month by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life. It’s about keeping healthy as well as getting healthy.  Wellness involves a set of skills and st ... Read on »