How Can I Help? Podcast

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How to Deal with Money Anxieties

It’s normal to be worried about your finances, especially in challenging times. Dr. Saltz helps a listener face her fears, and offers advice on how to talk with a partner about this important topic.

When the Diagnosis is Cancer

Anxiety, depression, sadness and anger are all common reactions. Dr. Saltz answers a newly diagnosed listener’s question, and tells how to deal with these emotions so they don’t get in the way of treatment.

A Guide for New Stepparents

Parenting is hard. Stepparenting is even harder. Dr. Saltz gives great advice to a new stepmom who’s trying to walk the tightrope between love and discipline, and old and new relationships.

When You Can’t Stop Biting Your Nails Or Picking Your Skin

These behaviors are more than bad habits when they result in bleeding and pain. In fact, they’re complex disorders. But they can be stopped. Dr. Saltz tells how.

When the Same Thoughts Keep Going Round and Round in Your Head

Do you ever feel like there’s an internal conversation playing on an endless loop in your mind? Do you want to turn it off? Dr. Saltz has great advice about how to retrain your brain to banish the mental chatter.

Can You Really Be Addicted to Instagram? Chocolate? The Real Housewives?

If you have a habit you just can’t break, it may not be a true addiction—but it can definitely interfere with your life. Dr. Saltz tells how to get control of compulsions like needless shopping, overeating and spending way too much time on social media.

What to Do if You Think You Might Be Drinking Too Much

Alcohol use has soared because of the pandemic—especially among women. A listener wants to know if her nightly glass of wine is actually a problem; Dr. Saltz reveals how to tell, and how to cut back without going cold turkey.

My Friend Has OCD. What Can I Do?

Obsessive compulsive order is hard on everyone–both the people experiencing it and those around them. Dr. Saltz tells a listener how to help a friend with OCD.

How to Cope with a Major Loss—Yours, or a Friend’s

Grief is a normal reaction to loss, but if it goes on too long it can be unhealthy. Dr. Saltz tells how to accept the loss and move on with your life. Plus advice on how to help a friend who is struggling with grief.

What to Do If You’re Just Not Ready to Return to Social Life

Stores and restaurants are re-opening, and companies want their employees to return to the office. For many people, that’s a cause for concern—and social anxiety is on the rise. Dr. Saltz tells how to ease back into a more-normal social life.

How to Get Control of Your Green-Eyed Monster

Jealousy can be destructive for couples, and it’s usually a sign of insecurity. A listener with trust issues asks for advice, and Dr. Saltz provides answers that can help improve any relationship.

Why Fighting Can Help Your Relationship (If You Do It the Right Way)

Every couple disagrees from time to time. And if you follow the do’s and don’ts, your arguments can actually help your relationship rather than hurt it. Dr. Saltz reveals exactly how to fight right.

Is it Forgetfulness…or Alzheimer’s?

A memory lapse could be perfectly normal, or a sign of something more dire. Dr. Saltz reveals how to tell ordinary forgetfulness from dementia, and ways to help loved ones who are struggling with memory loss.

The Real Reason You Procrastinate—and How to Fix It

Not all procrastinators are the same. Some people worry about control, others about perfection. When you know why you delay, you can start to repair your habits. Dr. Saltz tells how.

Sex, Lies and the Pandemic

Dr. Saltz answers more questions about listeners’ sex lives with the help of special guest Ian Kerner, psychotherapist and nationally recognized sexuality counselor. Today’s topics include returning to a more-normal sex life after the pandemic, honesty in the bedroom, and how to ask your partner for what you want.

Getting Your Sex Life in Synch with Your Partner

Even the closest couples can have differing ideas about sex. To answer questions on this intimate topic, Dr. Saltz welcomes guest Ian Kerner, psychotherapist and nationally recognized sexuality counselor who specializes in sex therapy and couples therapy.

How to Leave an Abusive Relationship

No one should stay in a marriage or relationship that is physically or emotionally hurtful. Dr. Saltz tells how to recognize the hallmarks of a bad situation, how to get out and get safe, and how to avoid repeating harmful patterns.

When You Need to Say ‘No’ in a Friendship

Friendships are important, but sometimes our friends can have too much influence on our actions. Dr. Saltz answers listener questions about friendships and peer pressure.

Good Lies, Bad Lies and Relationships

Is there such a thing as an acceptable lie? Is it okay to lie to spare someone’s feelings? And what’s the emotional cost of our lies? Dr. Saltz digs into the topic of lying to find out whether we can, indeed, handle the truth.

When Medication is the Answer

Sometimes a needed and effective treatment for an issue like anxiety or depression is my antidepressant info. Yet many of us stigmatize and avoid it. Dr. Saltz separates fact from fiction and tells why, and when, medication is the best option.

How to Make Your Friendships Better

For women, few things in life are more important than friends. But they can also present challenges. Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz answers listeners’ questions about how to deal with tough friendship situations.

How to Have the Talks That Can Save a Relationship

For some couples, open, honest communication is a struggle. Dr. Saltz answers listener questions about how to improve the discussions—and thereby the relationship.

When Relationships Break Down

How can you tell when a relationship is over or frankly should be over? Whether you’re dealing with a romance or a friendship, it can be hard to move on. Dr. Saltz tells how.

Social Anxiety in the Time of Covid

The rules of social interaction have been turned upside down by Covid. Dr. Saltz answers listener questions about how to behave around others who may, or may not, be masked. And how to deal with concerns about re-starting social activity after a long, isolated year.

There’s Help for Even the Most Difficult Emotional Situations

Managing severe mental illness in a loved one is hard. Today, Dr Saltz advises a listener on how to deal with a mother with a psychotic condition.

How to Improve a Negative Body Image

Unhappy with your body? Feeling anxious and insecure? Here’s how to be kinder to yourself and get a better outlook.

Eating Disorders and the Pandemic

These stressful times are also causing more concerns about eating and body image. I answer listeners’ questions, and discuss when it’s necessary to get help.

Why We All Need Boundaries

Life can be a struggle if you never set boundaries for your work, in your relationships or regarding your time. I’ll tell you how to be better at drawing the line.

Pandemic Trauma and Stress Experience (PTSE): The Struggle is Real

You’re not alone if you’re feeling down or anxious, nervous or restless because of the pandemic. Taken together, these symptoms and others are known as PTSE: Pandemic Trauma and Stress Experience. I share things you can do to boost your mood.

Pandemic-enforced social distancing has increased feelings of loneliness. On today’s episode, I discuss how you can feel less lonely.

Is it Sadness? Or is it Depression?

How to tell if you’re struggling with sadness or depression—and what to do in both cases.

How to Lower Your Pandemic Anxieties

Today Dr. Saltz answers questions with actionable advice about managing anxiety and uncertainty during the pandemic.

How to Treat Your Sleep Problems in the Age of Covid

There’s a name for the inability to sleep well during this pandemic. It’s called “Covid-Somnia.” Dr. Saltz gives great, practical advice in answer to listener questions about falling asleep, and staying asleep.

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It’s safe to say 2020 was one of the most difficult years, ever, for so many…and these remain very challenging times. That’s why I’m here to ask you… How Can I Help?