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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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Toys for Depressed Kids by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Shopping for toys during the holiday season always takes a bit of resourcefulness. You need to learn what’s new, what’s out, what’s flying off the shelves - and then c ... Read on »
Mental Illness Awareness Week by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health October 5th -11th 2014 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in the United States and Canada. Since 1990, mental health advocates across Nort ... Read on »
How to Find a Good Therapist by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health One of the most common questions I'm asked is, "How can I find a good therapist?" Well, it's a multi-step process, so let's get going. Types of Therapis ... Read on »
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide.  Every 41 seconds someone's left to make sense of it. That's over 1 million people who die by suicide each year. And millions ... Read on »
Gallup Poll: State of Well-Being in the U.S. by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Purpose well-being is composed of questions about having an inspiring leader, daily activity, goals, and strengths.Social well-being includes questions about relatio ... Read on »
The Myths that Society Holds About Mental Illness by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It is an undisputed fact that individuals who experience mental health issues are often faced with discrimination that results from misconceptions of their illness. As a ... Read on »
Is It Ever Right For a Therapist to Cry? by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health During my morning surf for psychology stories, I came across this one at the BBC asking " Is it ever right for a therapist to cry?" I wondered as I sipped my Englis ... Read on »
May is Mental Health Awareness Month by Dr. Deb Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In honor of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, I'll be giving away 2 autographed copies of my award winning book "DEPRESSION AND YOUR CHILD: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND C ... Read on »
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 »