How Can I Help? - with Dr. Gail Saltz

How Can I Help? - with Dr. Gail Saltz

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? My name is Dr. Gail Saltz, I’m a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, a psychoanalyst, best-selling author, and I’m here to help. Join me every Friday on this podcast where you can ask your most pressing questions and get helpful guidance on topics ranging from coping with anxiety and mood, relationships, to family and parenting issues, to workplace dynamics, to dealing with Covid fatigue, and everything in-between. While it has been a tough time, you don’t have to navigate it alone. So… How Can I Help? You can send your questions anonymously to me at HowCanIHelp@senecawomen.com, and I will answer with specific advice and understanding.

Episodes

May 13, 2022 15 min

Why would a female guard help a male convict break out of prison and then go on the lam with him until the tragic end? Dr. Saltz looks at the not-uncommon syndrome—an extreme version of the good girl/bad boy attraction—behind this week's jailbreak saga of Vicky White and Casey White.

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It’s supposed to be all about appreciation—but too often Mother’s Day means that mom is doing all the work and all the cleanup. Dr. Saltz reveals how mothers can ask for and get what they really need: A day that leaves them happy, relaxed and feeling loved.

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April 29, 2022 18 min

Binge eating—eating too much, too often and feeling miserable afterward—is the most common of eating disorders. A mother who worries about her teen daughter’s secret cookie habit gets advice from Dr. Saltz.

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April 22, 2022 15 min

Although the thought of their child dating may cause anxiety for parents, a little romance can allow young people to practice the attributes of a good relationship, like consent, kindness and respect. Dr. Saltz tells how to provide guidelines and ground rules. 

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April 15, 2022 19 min

If you have a constant urge to yank out the hair on your head, eyelashes or other parts of your body, you may have a disorder known as trichotillomania. It’s surprisingly common, but most people who have it don’t seek treatment. Dr. Saltz reveals the steps to take to resolve the problem.

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Did you ever wake up and find that you were briefly unable to move? It's scary, but actually pretty common. Dr. Saltz tells how to take care of the situation.

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For some children, the thought of going to school each day is a source of anxiety—and that feeling has been made worse by the pandemic. Dr. Saltz talks about the root of the problem, and offers simple, practical tips that can make class time easier for children.

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You know the type: He (or she) is romantic and thoughtful—but just can’t seem to pull the trigger to make things permanent. If you think you’re involved with a commitment-phobe, learn the warning signs and what to do about them (hint: nagging doesn’t help)—and, if necessary, when to move on.

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March 18, 2022 22 min

With divorce rates around 50 percent these days, is there any point to tying the knot? Dr. Saltz reveals the very real mental and physical benefits of marriage—and tells how to address an upcoming bride’s cold feet.

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March 11, 2022 18 min

A listener wants to know if her drinking indicates a problem. Dr. Saltz reveals how to tell if alcohol is getting out of hand, and effective ways to cut back.

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March 4, 2022 17 min

Does the thought of going to a party or meeting new people make you sweat, tremble or feel queasy? You may have social anxiety disorder. It’s more common than you think—and the good news is that it’s treatable. Dr. Saltz tells how to get more comfortable in social situations.

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Kids copy what they see, and modern media—especially social media—offer lots of negative role models. If your normally polite child has become rude, sarcastic or verbally aggressive, Dr. Saltz has great advice on how to course-correct.

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The pandemic has made school difficult for most children—but some kids may be facing extra challenges because of undiagnosed ADHD or a learning disability. Dr. Saltz tells parents what to look for and how to help—and reveals the unexpected silver linings. 

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As we head into year 3 of Covid, many of us are feeling burned-out, depressed and anxious. Today, Dr. Saltz and her special guest, Dr. Aditi Nerurkar, co-host of the Time Out podcast, tell how we can bring joy and energy back into our lives.

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February 4, 2022 18 min

February 14 can turn into a popularity contest, as children compete for cards and candy—and someone’s feelings are bound to get hurt. Fortunately, Dr. Saltz has ways parents can use Valentine’s to encourage kindness and compassion in kids. 

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“Where’s my champagne and strawberries?”  If you’re asking yourself that question—either because you’re solo or because your partner thinks a toaster is a romantic gift—Dr. Saltz has great advice on how to save the day.

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January 21, 2022 14 min

It’s a difficult subject—but one of the most important conversations you’ll ever have with your child. Dr. Saltz tells how to discuss the topic without alarming youngsters, and how to teach them to recognize the red flags that signal danger.

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Arguing with your spouse? Good for you! Dr. Saltz reveals how to use those disputes to strengthen your relationship and why you should model fair fighting for children. And be sure to listen at the end to her helpful guidelines for productive disagreements. 

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If your New Year’s resolutions include spending less time on your cell phone, welcome to the club. Incessant phone checking and scrolling can be tough to break, but Dr. Saltz reveals the easy, practical steps that will help you to take back control of your hours and days, and even resolve the behaviors behind the habit.

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December 17, 2021 15 min

Does it feel like everyone but you is in a holiday mood? Are you dreading the getting, spending and cooking involved? And do you cringe at the thought of spending time with certain relatives? You’re not alone. Dr. Saltz tells how to make the holidays bearable—and even fun again. 

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