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Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

September 16, 2019

In most countries the older you are, the more prestige and respect you assume. This is not true in the United States. In fact, depression, loneliness, and a lack of self-worth are part of the aging experience for many. Some of this is self-induced. People get stuck in...

April 16, 2018

A recent article in Time Magazine revealed that friends not only make us feel good but positively impact our health. Socially isolated people are twice as likely to die from heart disease than those with a solid social circle. Strong relationships also support mental h...

October 30, 2017

Sexual scandals and abuse in the Pentagon, U.S Olympics, and Hollywood have led to an eye-opening movement. Millions of women and men have begun sharing their stories of sexual abuse and harassment as part of #MeToo. Many of us have been unaware and feel incensed by th...

June 27, 2017

One of the main complaints that bring couples to my office for sex counseling is lack of sex. There are many reasons couples don’t enjoy sex anymore.

April 24, 2017

Prince Harry recently talked about his twenty years feeling depressed and in despair over his mother’s death. His social standing and inability to express his feelings trapped him in a position of uneasiness and isolation. His behavior became more erratic, and he was u...

April 7, 2017

When I get a call from a urologist to refer a patient suffering erectile dysfunction, my mind typically sees a 50 plus year old gentleman. Recently this image in my mind is being replaced with a 20+ year old that is addicted to internet porn. Viewing porn has been arou...

February 27, 2017

Working with obese patients has been eye-opening to the stigma they face in their daily lives. In a culture where thin is highly valued, career promotions, dating, and travel are limited due to your size. It’s no wonder that anxiety, depression, and addictions are high...

February 26, 2017

The recent statistics from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has reported that about one-third (33.8%) of U.S. adults are obese. That number rises every day, and keeping up with it is more difficult than keeping up with your stocks. I work with the fi...

February 25, 2017

I run several support groups for the morbidly obese in the Houston area. Two of the groups specifically deal with food addictions. The members in this group participate in a 12 step program that helps them learn new coping mechanisms besides turning to food. It is very...

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