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

March 17, 2023 17 min

They’re frightening and disturbing—and because they disrupt your sleep, they leave you feeling tired during the day. Nightmares are common in adults, but Dr. Saltz has techniques anyone can use to turn bedtime back into a restful experience.  

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No energy at work? Feeling detached and cynical? Have you lost the sense that you’re accomplishing anything meaningful? All are classic symptoms of burnout. If quitting isn’t an option, Dr. Saltz has practical ways to not only survive burnout, but even improve your work life.

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March 3, 2023 15 min

Most women have experienced PMS; but if you’re spending half the month feeling moody, super-irritable and bloated, you could be suffering from premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD. Dr. Saltz tells how to deal with it.

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February 24, 2023 21 min

School shootings continue to make headlines—and because of that one listener is reluctant to allow her daughter to attend middle school. Is her fear rational? Dr. Saltz helps this mother put things in perspective and offers practical steps she can take to deal with her  fears.

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Many of us end up with a spouse who reminds us of our mother or father. And that can be nice—until we’re catapulted back to old childhood grievances that haven’t healed. Dr. Saltz advises a listener who feels like she’s dealing with a parent instead of a husband.

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A listener knows she wants to get married and have children—but she hasn’t found the right guy yet. She wonders if she should marry a man she considers to be more of a friend. Dr. Saltz provides some down-to-earth advice.

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February 3, 2023 17 min

It’s an all-too-common phobia, but if fear of flying is keeping you from traveling by air, Dr. Saltz has easy, practical tips that can allow you to relax and enjoy the ride.

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Shocking, scary or dangerous events can leave you on edge, depressed, sleepless and unfocused. PTSD can happen to anyone, of any age and circumstance. Dr. Saltz advises a listener who thinks she may have the disorder—and tells how to recover from a traumatic event, whether or not the diagnosis is actually PTSD.

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You could be battling anxiety or depression or psychosis, sleeplessness or overeating—no matter what the problem, there’s a therapist who can help. But who? Do you need a medical doctor, a clinical social worker, a psychiatrist—or something else? Dr. Saltz offers guidelines to help you choose.

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If you drank more than you should have over the holidays, or if you have questions about how much you’re imbibing in general, this could be the perfect time to reassess and reset your relationship with alcohol. Dr. Saltz tells how to get the most out of Dry January.

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January 6, 2023 24 min

Losing a spouse or other loved one can result in a range of emotions including despair, sorrow and anger. And those feelings can last longer than you might expect. Dr. Saltz advises a listener who recently lost her father—and is worried about the profound grief of her mother.

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December 16, 2022 16 min

This time of year can leave us particularly vulnerable to feelings of loneliness and social isolation. A listener who just broke up with her boyfriend gets great advice from Dr. Saltz—and the doctor's tips can do wonders for anyone who’s experiencing the holiday blues. 

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Presents to buy. Extra meals to prepare. Out-of-town relatives to deal with. And it’s all happening when there’s less daylight and a greater chance of cold, wet weather. No wonder the holidays provoke anxiety. Dr. Saltz has great advice on how to keep it all together—at least until 2023 rolls around.

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December 2, 2022 26 min

Being unable to bring a baby into the world can lead to a wide swath of emotions—sorrow, jealousy, anger and depression among them. Dr. Saltz advises a listener who feels all those things, as well as regret at not having started a family sooner.

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For some, the shorter days bring general unhappiness characterized by low energy, excess sleeping, and overeating carbs. Call it the winter blues, the blahs—or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Dr. Saltz reveals how to tell if you have this common malaise—and how to treat SAD until the sun comes back.

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Having an authentic friendship can improve your health and wellbeing—and even extend your lifespan. Toxic friendships can do the opposite. Dr. Saltz tells how to cultivate new friendships as an adult, ensure that you’re a good friend to your existing companions, and end the relationships that just aren’t working out. 

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November 4, 2022 20 min

The holiday season that starts with Thanksgiving comes with an extra helping of anxiety this year, as the latest elections present a fresh opportunity to renew family feuds over politics. How to defuse the tensions so everyone can enjoy the meals and camaraderie? Dr. Saltz has some excellent ideas. (Hint: Advance planning helps.)

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It’s a familiar tale: You're exhausted from a long day at work, but once in bed, you can't nod off. Anxiety is just one reason so many Americans struggle with long-term sleep issues. Dr. Saltz provides sure-to-help advice on how to calm an anxious mind and get the good night's sleep you deserve.

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A feeling of terror. Sweating. Dizziness. Chest pains. A panic attack can be scary—although rarely dangerous. Dr. Saltz tells how to distinguish between isolated attacks and a true panic disorder—and offers ways to deal with both.

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October 14, 2022 22 min

It’s the spooky season! Dr. Saltz tells how to help children deal with the fears that arise around Halloween and explains how kids can still have fun, minus the scarier elements.

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