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

February 23, 2024 17 mins

Too many couples are having too little sex, says Dr. Saltz. She tells how to restart your sex life--because it’s good for your physical  health, your mental health, and the health of your relationship.

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Yes, it’s hard to juggle time-restricted schedules, and you may worry that you’re shortchanging your child, but you, and your kids, will benefit when you enjoy a strong, adult relationship, says Dr. Saltz.

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Don’t believe the Valentine's hype, says Dr. Saltz. Don’t fall back into old, bad relationship habits. And do remember that love doesn’t come only in heart-shaped red packages

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A listener’s boyfriend wanted her to make a joint resolution with him: They would each vow to lose 10 pounds in 2024. Dr. Saltz reveals why that type of resolution is doomed to failure—and tells what does work when you’re plotting new goals for the new year.

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When a woman suffers from a family member's regular gaslighting at the holidays Dr. Saltz advises how to halt that behavior in its tracks and get the holiday back on a better footing.

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December 15, 2023 14 mins

Few things are as hurtful as learning that someone you thought was your friend has betrayed your trust—whether it’s bad-mouthing you, sharing your private info with the world or cutting you off socially. Dr. Saltz tells how to get past the resulting self-doubt and determine whether this is a relationship worth saving. 

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November 17, 2023 14 mins

Overwhelmed? Consumed by Negativity? Saying Hurtful Things When You Don’t Mean To? Dr. Saltz Reveals How to Stop Those Runaway Feelings and Return to Being Your Nice, Normal Self.

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November 3, 2023 15 mins

Social media and 24/7 coverage of current world events is stressing people out—making them anxious, angry and sleepless. Dr. Saltz tells how some simple habit changes can bring relief.

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October 20, 2023 14 mins

How to cope—and keep your sanity—when your spouse’s mom tries to take over Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other festivity.

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Caregiver burnout is a real thing and can result in depression as well as physical health issues. Dr. Saltz tells how to get past the guilt, resentment and fatigue, and make the situation better for you and the loved one you’re caring for.

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Expressing emotion is not a sign of weakness, says Dr. Saltz. But if crying is hurting you professionally, there are some easy, effective techniques you can use to contain it.

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September 8, 2023 14 mins

Everyone has a body part they’re dissatisfied with, but worrying about thigh jiggle and tummy flab is more than just annoying—it can get in the way of a fulfilling sex life. Dr. Saltz advises a listener whose unhappiness over her post-baby weight gain is coming between her and her husband.  

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And it’s not just the yarn arts. Science shows that crafting hobbies in general can boost mood, reduce stress, increase self-esteem, and improve motor skills. Dr. Saltz tells why these pastimes are so good for mind and body. 

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August 11, 2023 16 mins

Mean girls and boys, active shooter drills, social media—the thought of these and more can create anxiety as students head back to the classroom. Dr. Saltz tells how parents can set children up for success and happiness in the year ahead.

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For some people, the warm weather brings nervousness, jitters and a feeling of being at loose ends. Dr. Saltz tells how to cope with the anxiety that can accompany the summer months.

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July 14, 2023 19 mins

Self-discipline is hard for some people: Meeting deadlines, doing unpleasant chores or eating heathy food is a challenge for them. Dr. Saltz tells how to “flip the script” on a lifetime of delay and avoidance

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June 30, 2023 18 mins

For some people, the typical human sounds that other people make—eating, chewing or even breathing—can trigger extreme anger, rage and disgust. It’s an actual condition, called “misophonia,” and Dr. Saltz tells how to deal with it.

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If you really want to communicate, forget “therapy speak” and avoid terms like “toxic” and “gaslighting.” Use honesty, empathy—and your own words.

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June 2, 2023 20 mins

The stress of raising a family can lead to exhaustion, anxiety and even emotional distancing from one’s children. Dr. Saltz reveals how parents can get the joy back and return to being the kind of parents they were—and want to be again.

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You’re lying there in the dark, trying to fall asleep. Instead, your mind is racing with woulda-coulda-shoulda thoughts you can’t let go of. Anxiety can lead to insomnia, which can trigger even more anxiety. Dr. Saltz tells how to break this vicious and unhealthy cycle.

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